Children and adolescents are faced with substantial stresses and life challenges that contribute to an increasing burden of mental and physical health conditions and problem behaviors. The existing school curriculum is lacking in instruction that would provide skills of self-regulation, stress management, and emotion regulation. Yoga is a contemplative mind/body practice that combines meditation, mind/body awareness, and mindfulness with physical exercises and breathing techniques. Yoga has been successfully applied to child/adolescent populations, and if applied in a school setting should provide substantial self regulation skills. The panel members have all conducted research trials of yoga interventions in public school settings and will present the scientific rationale for the applicability of yoga in this setting and the methods and results of their research studies. An open panel/audience discussion will provide additional information on the implications of this research and the practical implications of implementing yoga in the public school curriculum.

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