Schools and Special Groups

Whether you are an elementary, secondary, or even post-secondary school, a mental health association, or a special group like a dance company, sports team, youth group, girls or boys club, Shannon has programs to help your members SHINE.

Currently taking bookings for 2018 (2017 is fully booked!)


One Day Workshops: 


  • Test and Exam Prep
  • 5 Elements (SEL Skills) in the Classroom  


Currently taking bookings for 2018 (2017 is fully booked!)

$150 – 1 Period up to 1.5 hr

$275 – Full Day (up to 4 different groups, or one group for four different periods, offered back to back with one break)


Both workshops:

  • Are offered in Elementary and Secondary School formats, from grades 3-12.
  • Include a Material Template (one copy for schools to make additional copies for teachers/students)
  • Include travel expenses


Yoga Hacks for Test and Exam Prep

In this 1.5 hr workshop, students will learn simple, quick, easy to implement yoga hacks (breaths, meditations, and easy poses), to:

  • Improve study habits to both retain more information while studying, and require less study time
  • Calm and focus a busy, worried, anxious, racing mind, and/or upset stomach – pre-exam time
  • Improve memory recall during exam writing
  • Help improve sleep habits, and/or ‘make up’ for lack of sleep during stressful times

Help your students find both ease and success this year with Yoga Hacks for Test and Exam Prep.



5 Elements (SEL skills) Yoga Hacks for the Classroom

Social Emotional Learning Skills are the key to students being able to succeed at school, at home, and later on in the workplace. This 1.5 hr workshop teaches students to recognize 5 possible emotional needs based on the elements of nature, and gives them yoga tools to address that specific need.

For example, being: 1) grounded and down to earth, being able to stand your ground (EARTH), 2) able to channel your energy where you want it to go, versus in scattered directions, like being able to direct the currents of the wind (AIR), 3) energized, motivated and passionate to do what your heart desires (FIRE), 4) willing to go with the flow and adapt to your surroundings (WATER), 5) capable to connect with your higher self, as well as with others (SPACE).

This secular curriculum includes yoga poses, breathing techniques and meditations that can be done right in the classroom. Direct benefits include: tools to self-regulate anger, anxiety, hyperactivity, depression, and lack of motivation; an increase in concentration and focus; improved memory; increased self-esteem, positivity, and resilience; as well as improved teamwork and social skills.



Large-Scale Yoga in the Schools Initiative

Project Relevance and Need

Mental Health Support Initiative

“Today’s typical teen is stressed out.  Unmanaged stress is linked to a variety of adolescent challenges, including poor academic performance, substance abuse, risky sexual behaviours, obesity, depression, and anxiety.  Over the past decade, educators and health professionals have seen a rise in stress levels and related mental-health concerns in their students” (Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living [KIEL], 2014).

The Kripalu Yoga in the Schools program is designed to address these issues.

The program’s purpose is to provide:

Primary: ongoing prevention and treatment for mental health and addiction issues

Secondary: education and awareness on the link between stress and mental health and addictions in order to promote healthy living


Mental Health Facts

The Ontario Ministry of Education’s Report, Open Minds, Healthy Minds:  Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, 2011, demonstrates a great need for more Mental Health Support initiatives for children and youth, describing how, “Mental health and addictions problems often begin early in life – during childhood and adolescence.  Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are three times more likely to have a substance use program than people over the age of 24.  About 24 per cent of deaths in 15- to 24-year-olds in Canada are due to suicide.  To ensure our children and youth have the best possible start in life and learn early how to cope with stress, we need to reach out to them.”  The need for Mental Health and Addictions Supports is further outlined by the following Mental Health Facts:

  • It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide. (Stats Canada, 2010). (Linking Healthy Minds for a Positive Future:  Mental Health and Addictions Strategic Plan, 2013-2018, Durham District School Board [DDSB], 2013).
  • About 20% of people with a mental disorder have a co-occurring substance use problem. (Prevalence of Co-occuring Substance Use and Other Mental Disorders in the Canadian Population, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, December 2008). (DDSB, 2013).
  • 70% of mental health problems and illnesses have their onset during childhood or adolescence. (Government of Canada, The Human Face of Mental Health and Mental Illness in Canada, 2006). (DDSB, 2013).
  • In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them. (Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada.  Building on values:  the future of health care in Canada. 2002).  (DDSB, 2013).
  • Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15 to 24 year old Canadians, second only to accidents; 4,000 people die prematurely each year by suicide. (Stats Canada, 2010). (DDSB, 2013).
  • Surpassed only by injuries, mental disorders in youth are ranked as the second highest hospital care expenditure in Canada. (CAMH, Ontario study, 1999). (DDSB, 2013).
  • Mental Health is the number one cause of disability in Canada, accounting for nearly 30% of disability claims and 70% of the total costs. (Insurance Journal 2003 as cited by the Government of Canada in The Human Face of Mental Health and Mental Illness in Canada, 2006) (DDSB, 2013).
  • $51 billion is the estimated cost of mental illness to the Canadian economy in terms of health care and lost productivity. (Dewa, CS et al, A new population-based measure of the burden of mental illness in Canada, Chronic Diseases in Canada, 2008) (DDSB, 2013).


Kripalu Yoga in the Schools Program – an evidence-based Therapeutic Social Emotional Learning Skills Group Program. 

Research reveals that yoga can be a life-changing tool for cultivating not only good physical health, but also one’s emotional health.  The evidence-based Kripalu Yoga in the Schools (KYIS) curriculum is designed to improve the physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being and stability of adolescent students.

Studies conducted by Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living (IEL), in conjunction with Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have shown positive effects of yoga on adolescents.  The IEL research team conducted both qualitative and quantitative research examining the KYIS curriculum, and have proven that the KYIS yoga curriculum reliably improves resilience and prevents increases in negative emotional states in adolescents (Khalsa, Hickey-Schultz, Cohen, Steiner, & Cope, 2011).  The yoga curriculum also reduces anxiety and stress and improves self-regulation (Khalsa, et al, 2011).  Students have reported on better control of anger and fatigue, better focus in school, improved ease in test taking as well as better grades, feelings of an enhanced school community, a greater tolerance for others, improved impulse control, reduced stress, and improved sleep as some of the many benefits they received from the yoga program (Khalsa, et al, 2011).


Project Description.

Program Summary

The Kripalu Yoga in the Schools (KYIS) program is an evidence-based Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills curriculum, designed for adolescents, aged 11 and up.  It targets skills including stress management, emotional regulation, self-appreciation and confidence, and strong peer relationships.  The KYIS framework fosters these SEL skills though an evidence-based yoga and mindfulness based curriculum.  The curriculum is completely secular, and incorporates mind-body practices such as breathing exercises, physical warm-ups, experiential activities, yoga postures, deep relaxation, and non-religious meditation techniques.  The curriculum involves 24 forty-five to sixty minute sessions, with sessions ideally offered a minimum of two times per week over 12 weeks.  Because yoga is a holistic system of mind-body practices for mental, physical, and emotional health, it is an ideal method to teach young people life skills for stress reduction.

Expected Results  as outlined in the Kripalu Yoga in the Schools Curriculum (KIEL, 2014)

Short Term Benefits – (by the end of the 24 sessions)


  • Better sleep
  • Increased body awareness
  • Improved balance
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Better posture
  • Improved sports performance
  • Improved lung capacity
  • Increased strength and flexibility


  • Better decision making capacities
  • Improved memory
  • Reduced test anxiety
  • Increased creativity
  • Increased ability to be present
  • Improved concentration and focus


  • Improved confidence
  • Increased resilience
  • Lower stress
  • Decreased depression and anxiety
  • Improved mood and sense of well-being


  • More balanced energy
  • Improved ability to sustain energy throughout the day
  • Ability to increase energy, or reduce energy as needed (to wake up or relax)


  • Increased compassion for oneself and others
  • Improved relationships with family and friends
  • Improved communication
  • Improved sense of community

Anticipated Long Term Results (1-3+ years)

All of the above short term benefits, plus:

  • Increased ability to manage stress
  • Decreased risk of developing an anxiety/depression disorder
  • Increased capacity to bounce back from a depressive/anxiety related episode
  • Decreased alcohol/drug risk
  • Increased healthier eating
  • Increased healthy weight management
  • Increased social involvement and social awareness



Shannon Rose Scott’s qualifications as a Yoga in the Schools Teacher

  • Shannon Rose Scott is a certified Advanced Yoga Teacher (RYT 500©) registered with Yoga Alliance. She is also a certified Kripalu Yoga in the Schools Teacher, having completed the training in 2014 and has the legal rights to offer this program.  Other additional yoga specializations include:  Grounded Yoga Teacher for children and Teens, Mind/Body Restorative Yoga Certification, Pre and Post Natal Certification, and Advanced Chakra Yoga Teacher Certification.
  • As a graduate of the Child and Youth Worker program from Durham College, Shannon has the training and skills necessary to facilitate programs that deal with mental health issues.
  • Shannon has a wealth of experience and education in leading dynamic Therapeutic Group activities, having attended the Theatre Arts program at Fanshawe College, the Post-Diploma Expressive Arts program at Sir Sandford Fleming College, as well as over ten years’ experience teaching self-esteem based drama/music/arts workshops in the youth company she founded called, “Serious FUN!.”


Section 5:  Get this program in your area!

  • This program can be offered in a variety of settings: school, hospitals, community centres, residential homes, or treatment centres.
  • Materials are provided (where possible), however there is a fee for the service and for the program itself.
  • Shannon is available to come and discuss the program in person with your staff, coordinators, parent councils, etc. Shannon is also willing to provide Yoga-based fundraisers to help raise funds for any organization that registers for the Kripalu Yoga in the Schools program.
  • To contact Shannon, please email:


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