Our Approach

Guiding Questions:

  • How might we find ways for students, educators, and caregivers to engage more authentically?
  • What if students felt more personally connected to their schools and communities?
  • What if students, at a baseline, were taught to manage toxic stress and trauma?
  • What if students, educators, and caregivers had more opportunities to inquire?

    We know that where you stand and how you stand makes all the difference and that revolution, big or small, starts at home and within yourself. We combine practices in yoga, mindfulness, and the fostering of reflective writing in a workshop model to cultivate self-discovery, engagement, and empowerment for students in grades 1-12 and the communities that surround them.

    As many as 60,000 Philadelphia students come to class with their brains driven by “fight or flight” responses (Mathis, 2015). The tools of yoga and reflective journal writing offer research proven methods of managing physical, mental, and emotional stress. Children who practice yoga and journaling increase their capacity to manage their emotions, regulate their behavior, reduce stress, and improve conditions for learning. BRIDGE brings these practices to your school leading to a safer, happier learning environment for all in addition to approaching and measuring the specific and significant growth desired by each school we serve.

     

    Center

    • Yoga breathing exercises improve students readiness to learn by increasing oxygen rich blood to the brain
    • Yoga breathing increases students self-awareness, attentiveness, and emotional regulation

    Move

    • Yoga poses reduce perceived stress and increase self-compassion which helps the mind deal with stress more effectively and lessen its toll on the body
    • Yoga poses help the brain to produce serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, these neurotransmitters can directly influence our ability to learn.

    Relax

    • Yoga relaxation Increases readiness to learn by giving students the opportunity to let go of stress and anxiety by actively triggering the relaxation response and interrupts the stress-feedback loop

    Reflect

    • Narrative and journal writing bridges the gap between a narrative of challenge to a narrative of strength
    • Inquiry-based workshops help students engage more deeply with what is important to them