Yoga Foster is a nonprofit initiative that brings free kids yoga programs to schools and community centers. Our classes blend kids yoga poses and breathing with storytelling and problem-solving to help get kids fit, inspired, and more creative.
As part of our programs, we provide all the yoga mats and other resources needed to support yoga initiatives, training for teachers and other staff that might want to run the class on their own, and volunteers to lead and assist each class when needed.
ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE, INSPIRING. Our programs use kids yoga as a way to encourage creativity in each and every child, regardless of their academic or emotional level. Our Three C’s Approach uses traditional children’s yoga and storytelling methods to enhance levels of clarity, confidence, and collaboration for each child, so week by week the instructors can measure their lesson plan’s effect on each student, and adjust accordingly.
Helping students understand who they are, and who they want to be, through reflection, discussion, and self-discovery through each class.
Showing children that effort is worth more than achievement, and encouraging them to make mistakes, speak their mind, and share their opinions without fear.
Bringing diverse minds and ideas together through partner poses, games and challenges that help children work together in a positive, peaceful way.
"Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status."
Mornings, Toddlers and Afterschool, 1st-3rd
Before School, K
"There’s an incredible amount of creativity and playfulness within the foundation of yoga. And it’s these kids moving in such a creative and conscious way that makes it such a fun practice for children to get involved with.”
Volunteering with Yoga Foster gives you first-hand experience working with youth in schools, and helps you extend your yoga practice and education by applying it in a creative, free-spirited atmosphere with those that need it most - kids!
Learn kids yoga and creativity through our Yoga Foster Courses, available in-person in NYC and online, FREE in exchange for a semester's commitment of service to a school/community service.
Collaborate with our network of volunteers to learn new classroom tips and get inspiration for your lesson plan, while having fun with people who are just as passionate about giving back as you are.
Fill out our application form and we'll be in touch.
After teaching in NYC public schools for 4 years, Nicole decided to create an organization that would help it flourish.
This passionate, dedicated group of people are the only way our organization could exist.
This socially-conscious yoga retailer contributes a percentage of all their proceeds to our organization. For every pant sold they directly contribute to the offering of free yoga classes for public school kids.
"We don't need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already."
Our curriculum is available to anyone interested in bringing creativity-based yoga programs to their school or community. Available both online and in-person, our teacher trainings are designed to provide a solid foundation on the principles of children's yoga and give you all the resources you need to start your program.
"Creativity is contagious. Pass it on."
Our programs are possible through the passion of our volunteers and supporters invested in youth, education and creativity. Here's how you can help:
If you'd like to make a donation, you can do so via PayPal. Please contact us if you'd like to donate a different way. Please remember, our programs cost only $10/student to run! All proceeds go directly to the programs - period.
Be a part of our mat drive campaign and send some good karma to kids that need it most. Contact us here for more details.
We’re always looking for space to hold kids yoga classes and teacher trainings. Contact us if you’d like to donate time at your studio.