Research

In recent years, many studies have been published to prove what DKWIO has known anecdotally since 2005. Learning the practice of yoga helps kids feel better physically. It also leaves them feeling calmer and more focused. Our own study confirmed that adding nutrition education leads to more mindful eating.

The Case for School-Based Yoga

There are numerous benefits for children learning to practicing yoga in the classroom. Recently, the practice of classroom yoga has been proven to:

More relaxed state of mind

Promote a more relaxed, comfortable state of being

(Dai et al., 2015)

Helps balance students emotions

Provide Students with healthier ways to express, balance & regulate their emotions & Behavior

(Bergen-Cico et al., 2015; Dariotis et al., 2016; BergenDaly et al., 2015; Razza et al., 2013)

Improves academic performance

Positively impact students’ academic performance

(Butzer et al., 2015; Kauts & Sharma, 2009; Singh et al., 2016; Wang & Hagins, 2016)

It helps me pay attention to my work and my teacher to make sure I learn.

— Student, DKWIO Participant

When I do yoga, I have more energy.

— Student, DKWIO Participant

I changed the way I eat. I used to eat carelessly, like junk food mostly. Now, I know what to eat.

— Student, DKWIO Participant

DKWIO’s Results

DKWIO is a proven program. In a recent, third-party study on the DKWIO program, children reported the following changes in how they handle:

Self-esteem

Self-Esteem

93% of students said yoga made them feel good

Stress

Stress

72% of students used our breathing techniques to reduce stress

Nutrition

Nutrition

69% of students changed their food choices and tried new, healthy foods