CK’s curriculum benefits all students, including those who often find themselves in aggressive or passive roles. Aggressive students who are more apt to bully find a release for their aggression through yoga; those who often find themselves victimized learn how to effectively and compassionately respond to conflict, as well as when to walk away and seek help.

Proven to Work

CALMING KIDS founded in the fall of 2004, was originally a pilot program at Boulder, Colorado’s Heatherwood Elementary School. A Harvard statistician studying the school’s 150 fourth and fifth grade students found Calming Kids effective in teaching children non-violent communication and a respect for their peers’ personal space.

• Evidence-Based
• Supports Anger Management
• Improves Concentration
• Reduces Stress
• Promotes Physical Wellbeing
• Fosters Empathy

"After your session, I felt way better and more relaxed. You taught me to release stress and breathe!" ~ high school student

FACT:The CK program administered to children has been proven to reduce bullying and violence in schools, in addition to helping develop better coping mechanisms while increasing students’ concentration.

Over the next four years, the CALMING KIDS program was integrated with Heatherwood Elementary’s academic curriculum with overwhelming success. The study found the yoga program largely successful in helping children exercise, relieve stress, manage aggression, find inner peace, and communicate more effectively. In only six sessions, CK was able to increase students’ anger management by 93 percent — improving relationships with peers and teachers.

An Interview with Dee Marie

First National Kids Yoga Conference, Washington D.C. — An interview with Creator and Director of CALMING KIDS, Dee Marie, MA, CYT, on the creation and evolution of CALMING KIDS and the School Yoga Education Movement.


According to a 2001 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, bullying and aggressive behavior are on the rise in American schools. CALMING KIDS is an effective solution, training school teachers, counselors, yoga teachers, and students how to use non-denominational yoga techniques to increase concentration, relaxation, and fitness as a means promoting non-violent communication and anger management.

Some examples of the effects of CALMING KIDS:

Actual Situations Occurred 
  • An angry 11-year-old boy takes three deep breaths and decides not to strike his classmate.
  • On the bus, a shy 9-year-old girl recalls the words from her CK skit and uses them to stop a bully from teasing her little brother.
  • Before state tests, a teacher calms her class by leading students through a creative visualization of the sun setting behind a mountain.

"Thank you for helping me overcome my anxiety with your breathing methods." ~ high school student

CK’s primary goal is to promote a positive, peaceful, strong, and self-confident attitude leading to calm and effective communication among members of the school community. CALMING KIDS stands proudly as a peaceful warrior in the pursuit of creating a more harmonious world. We strongly believe that fostering peace in younger generations will eventually phase out violence as they mature and gain more influence over the world community.