Compelling Research Results on Niroga Program for High-Risk Youth

In a recent paper published in the Journal of Applied School Psychology, independent researchers studying the effects of the Niroga Transformative Life Skills (TLS) program in an inner-city alternative high school, found compelling results that span major domains of social function, including education, health care and violence prevention. TLS is a dynamic mindfulness practice including yoga, breathing techniques and meditation, which Niroga brings to thousands of youth in schools and alternative schools, juvenile halls and jails throughout the California Bay Area and beyond.

Journal of Applied School PsychologyThe researchers said, “Results indicated that students who participated in the Transformative Life Skills program demonstrated significant reductions in anxiety, depression, and global psychological distress. Significant reductions in rumination,  intrusive thoughts, physical arousal, and emotional arousal were reported as well.”

A particularly important finding relevant to high-risk youth was the strong and significant reductions found in revenge motivation and hostility. Researchers said: “Given the heightened rates of violence noted for students attending alternative high schools and high rates of violence-related injuries, this finding is of particular importance.” In conclusion, the researchers said, “Results of this pilot study provide evidence of the potential for Transformative Life Skills to influence important student social-emotional outcomes among high-risk youth.”

A million youth, at high risk of school failure and juvenile delinquency, are entering the School-to-Prison Pipeline every year. Not only is this a colossal waste of human potential, but this also costs society hundreds of billions of dollars every year.  A disproportionately high percentage of these youth are of color, and come from low-income and underserved communities.   They have disproportionately higher stress, traumatic stress and post-traumatic stress.  Research shows that Niroga’s TLS systematically builds stress resilience and emotion regulation, key catalysts for dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline one breath at a time.