Compelling Evidence that TLS Works!
An independent Research Report summarized the results of a Randomized Control Trial (RCT) of Transformative Life Skills (TLS: yoga, breathing techniques and meditation) in challenging Bay Area urban schools. The findings and implications are compelling, and span three interconnected domains of social function: education, mental health and violence prevention. This is what the researchers have found: "Students showed lower levels of perceived stress and greater levels of self-control, school engagement, emotional awareness, distress tolerance and altered attitude towards violence."
The skills that students are demonstrably developing, enhance and enable learning readiness, emotional intelligence, and social and emotional learning, helping them stay in school and out of trouble. This has direct multi-dimensional impact on the school-to-prison pipeline, education equity and the academic achievement gap.
In addition to conducting TLS trainings nationally, we are now getting requests internationally, most recently from a group in Palestine (Nablus, Zatarah, Ramallah), who are trying to bring mindful yoga into schools to help the kids heal from their trauma, and the adults around them heal from vicarious trauma. Upon seeing the research report, they said, "This study is really useful. Especially when dealing with health and education professionals, this will come in handy quantifying the positive impact yoga can have on health, mental health, and positive development." Just imagine the possibilities if children from Israel and Palestine, and other war-torn lands, learned to BREATHE again!