“West Jefferson Elementary named one of the healthiest schools in Colorado”

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“The staff has also excelled in implementing Calming Kids, a yoga-based, mindfulness, violence prevention curriculum for students. So many of us have come together for the health of our school and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish next!” said Wendy Woodland, principal of West Jefferson Elementary School.   READ MORE…




“How Relaxation and Mindfulness are Helping Kids Self Regulate”, an article by Angela K. Evans in the Boulder Weekly, October 20, 2016:


Often, someone will stop Dee Marie on the street in Boulder and say, “Hey, you were the yoga lady at my [school]. I still remember to breathe when I get tense. I still remember the things we learned.”As the founder of CALMING KIDS (CK): Creating a NonViolent World, Dee Marie has been teaching yoga in Boulder Valley schools for more than a decade. Centered around the Sanskrit word ahimsa, which she translates as “non-violence towards self and others,” her curriculum is part of a national effort to combat violence in schools. October is designated Stop America’s Violence Everywhere (SAVE) month by American Medical Association (AMA) Alliance. Started in 1995, AMA Alliance members have implemented more than 700 SAVE projects around the country.As the SAVE representative for the state of Colorado, Dee Marie, a long-time member of the AMA Alliance, started CALMING KIDS in 2004 in response to a growing concern with the increasing number of school shootings taking place around the country.“We did four years of study to prove that if we teach in the schools, we can decrease violence and help children with relaxation and self-regulation,” she says.   READ MORE…

Here are links to articles and interviews with Dee Marie on a local radio station, KGNU:




Natural Awakenings Magazine: 


Elephant Journal:


Kids Yoga Daily:



“Dee Marie: Preventing Bullying Through Yoga”
In this episode, the hosts of VividLife Talks welcome Dee Marie to discuss the prevention of bullying through yoga.

“Yoga for Bully-Proofing & Prevention”
In this episode, Yoga In My School presents yoga-based techniques that are proving effective in bully-proofing schools.


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