Yoga Health Foundation

META-Health University Announces New Partnership with Yoga Health Foundation and National Yoga Month

META-Health University announces a new partnership with Yoga Health Foundation, the non-profit organization that coordinates National Yoga Month in September.

"It is a fact that our current health care system is broken beyond repair. Disease management and symptom treatment are important but should not be the main focus in health care. We know by now that it is possible to stop and reverse a majority of health issues (especially chronic symptoms like blood pressure, weight, cholesterol, angina or depression) by changing what we eat, how we respond to stress, how much exercise, love & support we experience in our life.

National Yoga Month and META-Health University are leading the way to inspire millions of people around the world to live a healthier lifestyle. Prevention and creating specific lifestyle changes are the wave of the future and a corner stone in the new emerging health care system. META-Health University offers courses, diplomas and trainings for yoga teachers and health professionals to be equipped with the knowledge, skills and tools to be leaders in Integrative Medicine and META-Health.

"Being aware and integrating the Art and Science of Self-Healing into a yoga practice, therapist or health coaching session will create powerful transformation in clients and students", says Johannes R. Fisslinger, Founder META-Health University.

About National Yoga Month

In 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services designated September as National Yoga Month, one of a select number of national health observances. That same year, thousands of yoga and health enthusiasts participated in a 10 City Yoga Health Festival Tour featuring yoga classes, lectures, music, entertainment, exhibits. Since then, the initiative has taken root as a global awareness campaign, educating, inspiring and motivating people to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Yoga Month is coordinated by the Yoga Health Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Yoga studios, teachers and organizers are encouraged to offer free yoga classes and events in their community and list them at

About META-Health University

META-Health University offers a full program of cutting edge Courses, Diplomas and Degrees in Integrative Medicine and Meta-Health designed for all health professionals and especially yoga teachers.  Our expert faculty teach a revolutionary new healing paradigm based on the very latest scientific research into the causes of disease. It is based on the Organ-Stress-Emotion-Belief-Social-Lifestyle Connection and the 9 major Points and Phases of Healing. Their mission is to create leaders and authorities for the emerging new health paradigm.



Yoga Insurance Plus Donating Proceeds to Yoga Health Foundation

Yoga Insurance Plus extends Donating Proceeds until Yoga-Recess-Day January 25. 

December 17, 2012 – To celebrate the giving spirit of the holidays, Yoga Insurance Plus will be donating
a portion of their December proceeds to benefit the Yoga Health Foundation, coordinators of National
Yoga Month and the upcoming Yoga-Recess-Day, Jan. 25, 2013.

Nicole Hayman-Sherman, executive director of Yoga Health Foundation, stated, “We thank Yoga
Insurance Plus and are grateful for their continued support of Yoga Health Foundation. It’s through
continuous support such as theirs that make our programs like Yoga Recess and National Yoga Month

Individuals who purchase or renew their yoga instructor insurance policies in December will help support
the Yoga Health Foundation’s efforts to grow awareness of yoga for health, life and happiness year-
round. This holiday promotion runs through Dec. 31, 2012.

Matthew Nachbauer, director of institutional sales and marketing at Yoga Insurance Plus, said, “We are
proud to support the Yoga Health Foundation and their commitment to educate our youth through their
Yoga-Recess-in-Schools campaign.”

Parties interested in participating in this special holiday offer can visit the following link to sign up: http://

About the Yoga Health Foundation

The Yoga Health Foundation, a 501 (c) 3
nonprofit organization, fosters an awareness of
yoga’s proven health benefits and provides
individuals with actionable guidance and tools
to enhance their own well-being. The
foundation coordinates the national (and
global) awareness campaigns Yoga Month and

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wellness initiatives. YIP also aims to assist the ever-growing community of yoga professionals by
providing marketing resources and practice support.

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Creative Yoga for Children by Adrienne Rawlinson Author Q&A

Creative Yoga for Children by Adrienne Rawlinson Author Q&A

1. Your book is broken down into three age groups (4–6, 7–9, 10–12). What is
the significance of starting at age 4? Is there a benefit to starting earlier or is
this the earliest age for kids to become actively engaged with yoga?

The program offered in my book is quite structured and I have observed that
children under the age of four benefit more from a yoga routine that is more
playful, and they are developmentally often not ready for a structured one hour
class. However, they are not too young to be introduced to the world of yoga. I
have two and a half year olds in my Montessori class who love to do a few
minutes of yoga every day, choosing pose cards from a basket to do on a mat by
themselves or with a friend. Babies and toddlers can reap the benefits of yoga
and there are many age appropriate programs out there. Setting the stage for a
lifetime of yoga benefits really starts at birth.

2. Are there certain yoga styles (Vinyasa, Hatha, Bikram) that you find easier
or harder to teach to children? For instance, I would imagine that Bikram
would be slightly more challenging …

My yoga classes do not follow a particular style, but are designed to give the
children a taste of many yoga styles (Vinyasa flow, Iyengar, Ashtanga, etc.)
with a huge emphasis on fun and education and simple body awareness. We
aren’t teaching a style, we are just planting seeds of curiosity. The children
are simply there for an experience, from which we hope that they will go on
to engage in the world of yoga and will grow up to pursue styles of yoga that
appeal to them personally.

3. How is yoga beneficial to classroom learning? What do you tell parents who
might think it’s a distraction?

It is important for parents to see that yoga in school can only promote lifetime
wellness. It will give their children a tool that they can use to help them focus in
all academic subjects, so it can really be seen as a subject in and of itself. Yoga
will improve their capacity for retention of information and will give them the
capacity to later handle the stresses of life. The idea that it may be a distraction
is hard to imagine.

4. In Creative Yoga for Children you mention that part of your inspiration for
writing the book came from your own teaching experience at a Montessori
school. How does Montessori education complement yoga? What are the
challenges in bringing yoga into non-Montessori schools?

I observed so many similarities between yoga and Montessori that I
incorporated it into my classroom curriculum as soon as I had finished my
yoga training. Both are completely noncompetitive and concern themselves
with an ever evolving process, and not any end product. Both are personal, and
are there to further the development of the person, and not for “producing”
something for someone else. Also they are both philosophies that increase
self-esteem, concentration, and self-awareness. It is easy to add yoga to a
Montessori classroom, as it just becomes a piece of material that the child
can choose to do when they prefer, but adding it to the routine of a traditional
classroom does not have to be difficult. Yoga can simply be a three- or four-
minute activity added on to the day, practiced in between subjects, as a sort
of “warm down,” or “warm up” to the next activity. Guided meditations and
relaxations can be added into a class just before tests, in order to further focus
the children’s minds. Teachers can use yoga as a tool throughout their daily

5. What is the easiest way to start introducing kids to yoga? Is there a
particular time in the school day that’s best?

I think that would depend on the group of children that you have, but I have
found that the first thing to do is to let them choose poses and practice them on
their own, in order to build a bit of a repertoire for themselves. When they have
learned some poses then you can invite them to do some of the group activities
outlined in the book. I think observing the children and letting them see that
yoga is fun and nonthreatening is an easy way to begin. You can build from

6. There has been a lot of hype recently about yoga-based injuries. How do you
keep children safe during practice? Are there certain poses that should be

In every class it is paramount that the children remain totally safe. We
encourage them not to force or strain in poses and to just have fun while
practicing. We never talk about perfecting poses, and do not discuss
the “perfect” pose. There is a huge range of poses in this book, from
relaxations to full body poses, to simple facial movements, so all children
can participate. When doing more challenging poses such as handstands and
headstands we always spot the children carefully.

7. How do you explain concepts like karma or Namaste to children? Are there
concepts in yoga that might be easier to start with?

We begin introducing such yogic concepts as karma, Namaste, and mudra
in a simple, playful way with no emphasis on having the children memorize
these terms. For example, when explaining Namaste, I sit with my group at
the end of a class and have them bring their hands to their hearts and say to

them, “The light in me honors the light inside of you.… Namaste.” And that is
all, no further explanation is given or required. It is the repetition of this little
ceremony at the end of every class that solidifies the concept of Namaste in the
child’s mind.

8. How do you teach the spirituality of yoga (meditation, mantras) without
imposing on a child or family’s religious beliefs?

Our classes do not touch upon any specific religious concepts.… The spiritual
side of yoga is really for everyone, and is religion-free as we teach it. We do not
talk about gods or religion in class, but we do focus on getting the children to
honor and love themselves, their environment, and everyone on earth. We are
careful not to dictate beliefs other than self-love and love of others.

9. Are there certain poses that kids tend to grasp more easily? Poses that are
more challenging?

Interestingly, children are so open at this age to trying any and every pose that
they find their easy resting spot in all of the poses. They have not built up the
fears and inhibitions that adults have yet, so are keen and ready to try all poses,
and are so flexible that they are successful in achieving their expression of each
pose. They also do not feel like they have to perfect any poses, and simply do
them in a carefree manner.

10. How do you bring focus back when kids get distracted in class?

The children sometimes get very boisterous and silly when doing some of the
group activities and games, so it is important that I have an effective way of
bringing them back to center and calm them, so they are ready for the next part
of the class. I usually introduce chimes, a Tibetan singing bowl, or a special
gong of some sort at the beginning of class. I ring it to let them know that they
should come back to their mats, sit in their favorite sitting pose, and get ready to
listen. They are generally wonderful at responding to this.

11. What is your favorite way to close a class?

I enjoy leading the children through a guided meditation at the end of every
class, that enables them to close their eyes and regroup on their mats for five
minutes or more. I even give them an herbal eye pillow or stuffed toy to help
keep them centered. We then stretch and come up into a seated position with
eyes closed, and we listen to the chimes ring. We then say, “Namaste” and bow,
and that ends the class. It is a little ritual we do that the children look forward
to and often tell me is their favorite part of the class.

12. Are there any major differences in introducing kids to yoga, rather than
adults who are unfamiliar with it? Do you find that kids are more open to it,
or is there generally a lot of similarity across age groups?

It was common when I was teaching yoga to adults to observe the many layers
of inhibitions people build up throughout their lives that really deter them
from fully relaxing and letting go in their classes. They are often not there for
inner reflection, but feel they must pressure themselves to go deeper into poses,
sweat more, and they often feel exhausted at the end. Children, however, are
refreshingly uninhibited, curious, and open to anything new. They are not
there to be hard on themselves and I have always found teaching the children’s
classes much more rewarding than teaching adult ones. Children can embrace
the true spirit of yoga without even trying.

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Global Mala Project and Shiva Rea connect with Birth 2012 and UPLIFT 2012

Global Mala Project connect with Birth 2012 and UPLIFT 2012 to encourage yoga practitioners around the world to celebrate this rare moment and herald the birth of a new paradigm of consciousness by offering a yoga mala (18-108 cycles of Surya Namaskar in your own home, within your community or in a larger gathering.

You can register your event on UPLIFTFestival 2012, Birth 2012 and Global Malas will be broadcast to an international audience via live streaming as part of the global event Birth2012, founded by leading evolutionary Barbara Marx Hubbard and The Shift Network's Stephan Dinan (

We invite you to join us for this inspiring and unprecedented event from December 20th to 23rd 2012. Four days of inspiration, celebration and positive action. Download PDF of Flyer here


Yoga Insurance Plus: Now a Great Time to Celebrate Past and Future

Yoga Insurance Plus (YIP) wishes everyone the warmest wishes for the winter season! As 2012 comes to a close, now is a great time for reflection on the year passing and introspection for the year approaching. We at YIP are glad to have joined the Yoga Health Foundation (YHF) community this year, and look forward to promoting events, such as the upcoming Yoga-Recess Day on Jan. 25, as well as a new year of opportunities to support the greater yoga community. May you celebrate your past successes and find new ways to enjoy the coming year!
Also, special for yoga instructors within the YHF community, please check out our Winter Wonderland Special on liability insurance! Having some peace of mind is priceless any time of year, and we are pleased to support YHF’s yoga teacher network with a special rate.

About Yoga Insurance Plus

YIP offers a comprehensive liability insurance program for yoga instructors, and it is the only program that includes ID theft protection at no added cost and also provides a free website for its instructors to market their practices. YIP is committed to supporting yoga education, health, and wellness initiatives. YIP looks forward to supporting the year-round efforts of the Yoga Health Foundation in bringing yoga awareness to individuals worldwide.




Yoga in Schools - Article by Jack Belk (a 15 year old high school student)

Way back in the Stone Age, when my parents went to school, they played things like dodge ball and flag football. Yoga didn’t even exist yet.  And after having a first-hand experience of high school P.E., it appears to be a typical case of “more of the same.” However for the up and coming generation of kids, good ol’ P.E. class may be a thing of the past. With some new (and not so new) research showing the benefits of yoga, kids may be about to experience a whole new world of physical education.

Hugo Navas, the health and fitness director of a charter school in South Side Chicago, has worked to incorporate yoga into students’ daily routine.  One year since the program’s beginning, the results are amazing. Mr. Navas commented, “The students are ready and open to learn after yoga class”. Hugo says that teachers are constantly coming up to him, raving about how much more focused and attentive the kids are.  Mr. Navas states that after harsh cuts to schools budgets, several years in a row, physical activity programs are becoming a rarity. His recent findings on how exercise such as yoga benefits more than just the physical aspect of these high school students may have resounding consequences.

Mr. Navas is by no means the first to find that extra-curricular programs such as sports and music have benefits that reach into the classroom. However the most current research is leaning towards yoga as the best option for implementation in schools. Here’s why: Yoga provides a whole body approach to the academic, social, emotional, and physical aspects of kids without getting children overly energized.

Aggressive, high energy sports such as basketball or football definitely address the physical and social (maybe even emotional in some cases) sides of the child, but they leave the academic facet largely unaddressed. In addition, those competitive sports leave kids hyped-up and not ready to sit down and study Shakespeare or Algebra. On the other hand, when you look at activities such as chess or band, the academic benefits are undeniable, they’re a good way to make friends, and some kids might benefit emotionally, but sitting still for long periods of time does nothing good for the physical aspect of the child.

Now we get to Yoga; it provides nearly all the benefits of any other extracurricular activity without most of the drawbacks. Yoga enhances focus, attention, comprehension, and memory. It provides opportunity for patience and reflection which in turn reduces jitters and impulsivity. And it also wakes up sluggish minds and inspires creativity.

Secondly, anyone who has really done yoga knows that it’s no cake walk. During an hour of even beginner level yoga, the average number of calories burned is the same as if you had walked two miles. And the main reason that yoga is possible in the middle of the school day is due to the fact that yoga doesn’t involve many sharp and aggressive movements; it’s all about finding your balance, staying calm and breathing well. This works to keep the students calm in spite of the fact that they are getting good exercise.

Third, yoga eases anxiety and jitters, promotes a relaxed attitude, and brings kids into the present moment. It calms the entire class down, and there are no winners and losers. All of these things work together to advance the emotional aspect of the classroom.

Lastly yoga has been shown to increase confidence, to increase self-esteem (two things that can help kids feel more comfortable when making friends) and provide a noncompetitive way for everyone to work together. And do you want to hear the best part: Yoga is almost completely free. After the cost of instructing teachers on how to lead a basic 15 minute class, all that’s needed is some open space and time.

If you still aren’t convinced of the benefits of having yoga programs in schools by now, then take it from the people who have actually participated in some school yoga programs:
"You have made such a difference at Central School! Thank you so much for all you’ve done for our staff and our children. One of our 3rd grade boys was frustrated yesterday – he used his breathing strategy, slowed down (even cried a little bit) and then was able to share about his frustration and return to the activity. Being aware of his body/tension and knowing what to do – what a relief for him! That never would have happened at the beginning of last year. What a gift you have given him (and all of us!)"–V. S., School Principal

“The kids and I are really enjoying the yoga AND they are really getting that it is something that they can use anytime – how exciting is that?! I think their showing their learning to parents is indicative of the carry over. This is such a fabulous program!” –A.C., Grade 2 Teacher

“I like taking yoga breaks because I can focus and concentrate better afterwards.” –A.G., Grade
3 Student

“I just got back from my yoga class and my son Jack asked what poses I did, I told him "Warrior pose, do you know what that is?" and he said: "Warrior I, II or III?" HAA! I also wanted you to know that my daughter (Pre-K) and son (1st grade) and I practice yoga at home where we play--"do you know this one?" and show each other yoga poses we have learned and then all try them out. Every time we play this, I always learn something new from them! My son particularly likes the breathing exercises he has learned and uses them when he is feeling upset or having trouble sleeping. Thanks so much to you and Sharon for bringing yoga to his school.” –L. Jones, Parent of Grade 1 Student

With all the research supporting yoga, you may be wondering why all schools don’t have yoga programs. The answer isn’t a simple one. But in essence it’s because yoga doesn’t have enough support from the community yet. There is a simple solution though; all it’s going to take is a grassroots movement to make a change.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. –Dr. Seuss

About the author: Jack Belk is a 15 year old high school student who swims for his school, runs in Spartan Races, and practices yoga regularly. He enjoys reading as well as writing and hopes to study neuroscience in college.

Works Cited

Harrison, Rosanne. "Yoga in Two Chicago High Schools: Lessons to Be Learned." Yoga in Two Chicago High Schools: Lessons to Be Learned. N.p., July-Aug. 2005. Web. 12 Nov. 2012.
Seuss. The Lorax. New York: Random House, 1971. Print.
"Testimonials." Yoga 4 Classrooms. ChildLight Yoga, n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2012.
"Yoga 4 Classrooms Supporting Research." Yoga 4 Classrooms. Childlight Yoga, Sept. 2011. Web. 12 Nov. 2012.


Krishnamacharya DVD with historic footage now available

Krishnamacharya DVD with historic photage now available

Wikipedia proclaims that Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (November 18, 1888 – February 28, 1989)
was an Indian Yoga teacher, ayurvedic healer and scholar. Often referred to as "the father of modern yoga.
Krishnamacharya is widely regarded as one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century and
is credited with the revival of Hatha Yoga. Some of his best know students were BKS Iyengar, K Pattabhi Jois,
Indra Devi, His son TKV Desikachar, AG Mohan and Srivatsa Ramaswami.

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"I consider this DVD to be a significant historic archive as well as an invaluable
educational resource. I can't wait to show excerpts to my students, and I'm going to
highly recommend they purchase a copy of their own."

Leslie Kaminoff
Co Author Yoga Anatomy
Founder, The Breathing Project NY City & International Yoga List e-Sutra Blog

“To have a rare glimpse of Professor Sri T Krishnamacharya in such an intimate
way through Larry's wonderful DVD is an elixir for those who want to know one of
the greatest masters of modern Yogic knowledge. Empowering, one of kind, and
informative, a must for all Yoga enthusiasts!”

Gita Desai
Producer & Director, World acclaimed documentaries: Yoga Unveiled and Raga

 “Larry Payne Ph.D., has produced a masterpiece DVD on the life of 
Professor Sri T. Krishnamacharya, which should be an essential part of 
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Hampton, VA, Chairman of Board, Life in Yoga Institute


Yoga-Recess national campaign aims to bring yoga into classrooms

Yoga-Recess in Schools is a national campaign to bring yoga-based health education into classrooms. Providing free online resources like instructional videos and lesson plans will make it easy and fun for school teachers to integrate yoga into their teaching schedule. This allows children to benefit from balancing their body and mind through breathing and stretching exercises. The national campaign will peak with Yoga-Recess Day, Friday January 25, 2013 with hundreds of participating school teachers and organizations.

"Since we started Yoga-Recess 2 years ago over 10,000 school teachers expressed interest in bringing yoga into their classroom. With the new Yoga-Recess in School campaign we encourage school teachers to integrate breathing, stretching and other short yoga exercises into their daily class schedule." says Johannes R. Fisslinger, president of the Yoga Health Foundation.

Considering budget cuts in schools across the country and the elimination or reduction of physical education, school officials are looking to find cost-effective ways to bring PE back into their schools. Physical exercise alone does not seem to be enough anymore. Children of all grades are more stressed then ever and yoga seems to be the perfect form of exercise to balance the body and mind.

According to the University of Indiana's Sound Medicine, children who practice yoga, often experience healthier sleep patterns which allow them to relax more than children who don't practice yoga. A study conducted by the Journal of Attention Disorders found that ADHD children who practice yoga are much more likely to remain focused and are less hyperactive, which in turned reduced the amount of emotional outbursts and their oppositional behavior. A Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center study showed that people who regularly practice yoga have fewer chances of gaining weight and are more likely to lose weight. Additionally, yoga allows asthmatic children to maintain a healthy lifestyle without fear of a high-intensity exercise induced asthma attack.

Participating in Yoga-Recess is easy:

Yoga-Recess educational materials are FREE for school teachers. The national campaign is funded by passionate school teachers, principals, parents, yogis and people wanting to improve the quality of life for children and youth.

The Yoga Health Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, grassroots organization, coordinates Yoga-Recess in Schools and National Yoga Month September (a national observance). Their mission to inspire a healthy lifestyle through national awareness campaigns is supported by thousands of yoga studios and teachers nationwide.

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National Yoga Month Sept. 2012 Stats and Review!

National Yoga Month has been again a big success. Why? Because the yoga community came together to celebrate and to inspire the Nation to live a healthier and more conscious lifestyle. Here are some interesting stats.

  • 8 million web hits in August and September
  • Millions participated in studios and events nationwide and globally

  • 200,000 unique web visitors in August and September

  • 80,000+ email newsletter contacts

  • 20,000+ Yoga Month Cards (One Week Free Yoga Cards) were registered by new students

  • 16,000+ Facebook Fans

  • 7,500+ yoga studios & teachers registered in our find-yoga online database

  • 2,360+ Twitter Followers

  • 2,200+ yoga studios participated and offered One Week Free Yoga to new students

  • 1,000+ Yoga Month events & classes listed

  • 40+ city and state ambassadors active nationwide

Want to thank all our sponsors YOGA INSURANCE PLUS, VERIA LIVING, REBOOTERIZE, NAMASTE INTERACTIVE and our partners and supporters for helping us coordinate National Yoga Month.

Without our amazing Yoga Health Foundation team, our Yoga Ambassadors and our volunteers Yoga Month would not happen. Thank you for your passion and energy.

Thanks for to our media partners like Natural Awakening Magazine, Yoga Journal, LA Magazine, Common Ground, Organic Spa,,, YogiTimes and many other blogs and print media outlet for helping us creating such a buzz all over the world.

And I really hope you find ways to participate in National Yoga Month again next year.

Warm regards,

Johannes R. Fisslinger
president Yoga Health Foundation