Mindfulness in Education and Human Development (2014-2015)

This project team brought together Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and students, Communities in Schools of Orange County and Y.O.G.A. for Youth staff and teachers for a multiyear quantitative and qualitative research study. Although Y.O.G.A. for Youth has taught over 18,000 young people in its 19-year history, only one research study has been published on the effects of its curriculum, and very little research currently exists in the areas of youth yoga and education and yoga.The project team members’ study analyzed the effects of a regular yoga and meditation practice on middle school students’ stress response by measuring mindful attention awareness levels, sleep quality, health indicators, resiliency, emotions and intrusive thoughts and quarterly academic reports.



Team Outcomes

Embodied Learning: Yoga and Mindfulness Access in Education Summit

Mindfulness in Education (poster by Sarah Pederson, Moriah Glenn, Anna Katalina-Bock, David Levy, Haley Mendoza Romero, Keval Kaur Khalsa, Michele Tracy Berger)

This Team in the News

2015 Embodied Learning Summit

Bass Connections Project Funds Yoga Research

Well Connected

See related team, Mindfulness in Education and Human Development (2015-2016).

Team Leaders

  • Keval Kaur Khalsa, Arts & Sciences-Dance

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Anna-Katalina Bock, Psychology (AB)
  • David Levy, Religion (AB)
  • Jennifer Margono, Evolutionary Anthropology (BS)
  • Haley Mendoza-Romero, Neuroscience (BS), Religion (AB2)
  • Sarah Pederson, Public Policy Studies (AB), Cultural Anthropology (AB2)
  • Marina Poole, Int Comparative Studies (AB)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Michele Berger, Department of Women's & Gender Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Communities In Schools of Orange County
  • Y.O.G.A. for Youth
  • Orange County Public Schools
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School System
  • Moriah Glenn, UNC-Chapel Hill