Bent On Learning is a nonprofit organization committed to teaching yoga to New York City public school children. We bring yoga to as many students as possible—not after school, but right there, in the classroom, where the learning happens.
Yoga teaches children to use their body and mind to learn and live better.
By providing every child with their own mat and integrating the practice of yoga into their daily routine, Bent On Learning helps children learn to feel better about themselves, release stress, and calm their emotions— all of which makes them healthier and happier. And let’s face it: Kids need to be healthy and happy in order to learn.
Bent On Learning formed in 2001 when three yoga teachers, Anne Desmond, Jennifer Ford and Courtney McDowell, met by chance in their mutual and passionate pursuit of bringing yoga to urban youth. They began as a small, volunteer effort with a smattering of classes in a few public schools. After the events of September 11th, New Visions for Public Schools tapped Bent On Learning to coordinate a yoga program to help children to heal and to manage post-traumatic stress. As a result, their small, volunteer program immediately swelled.
Our impact is beyond measure. Our success is not.
Over the past 15 years, Bent On Learning has taught yoga to approximately 18,000 kids. Many of our students have been practicing with our yoga program throughout their time in school and enjoying the benefits yoga brings to their classroom experience and their daily lives. Additionally, as many teachers participate along with their students, they benefit personally while also learning how to integrate basic yogic techniques into their daily classes—further helping our kids to find focus and balance.
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