Our Curriculum

The cornerstone of The Art of Yoga Project is the Yoga & Creative Arts Curriculum, a year-round course that combines health education, character development, yoga, meditation, and creative arts. This gender-responsive program teaches at-risk girls to:

  • Identify the issues that cause them to make poor choices
  • Manage their anger and impulses
  • Become accountable for their actions to themselves and their communities
  • Develop a productive outlet for their emotions and dreams

Class begins with a rigorous, strengthening yoga practice and follows with a creative art activity. Throughout the class, facilitators lead discussions on yoga-related themes such as nonviolence, sexual ethics, and integrity.

The course is comprised of three sessions: fall, winter and spring:

Fall: Introduction: Building strength and flexibility of mind and body

  • Introducing Yoga’s Eightfold Path: Basic yoga postures and theory including history, purpose and benefits of yoga
  • Visual arts: collage, sculpture, life-size body mapping with paint, mandalas, mosaic and mixed media

Winter: Introspection: Yoga and the journey within Yamas and Niyamas

  • Introducing personal discipline and yoga’s guidelines for living, including non-stealing, non-violence, personal hygiene, integrity of word and action, and sexual mindfulness
  • Creative writing, journaling and poetry for self-reflection and centering

Spring: Integration: Finding unity in diversity

  • Deepening a yoga practice:  learning breathing, concentration and meditation techniques, partner work, cultivating friendship, respect, team-building, tolerance and productive contribution to the community.
  • Group art projects:  murals and group sculpture; improvisational theater and collective poetry

Each curriculum class begins with a rigorous, strengthening yoga practice and follows with a creative art activity. Throughout the class, facilitators lead discussions on yoga-related themes, such as nonviolence, sexual ethics, and integrity.

The Art of Yoga Project

The Art of Yoga Project is designed to help at-risk girls by focusing on early intervention and preparing girls for a positive future. We are leaders in revolutionizing the rehabilitation of girls by offering trauma-informed, strength-based, gender-responsive services.

Our mission is to lead teenage girls in the California juvenile justice system toward accountability to self, others and community by providing practical tools to affect behavioral change.