2014 study of yoga calm at Hoover elementary In hazel Park, mi
Independent researchers from Wayne State University conducted a study of Yoga Calm to evaluate the program's effectiveness on behavior and learning in Jennifer Cory's third grade classroom at Hoover Elementary. The study showed a decrease in stress and improvement in student attention, focus, and on-task behavior. Additionally, the study found students' behavior improved both in the classroom and outside of school. Students reported increased enjoyment of yoga and unprompted use of Yoga Calm techniques to deal with anger, aggression and other "stress-inducing" situations. The findings suggest that the Yoga Calm curriculum can be used to increase the physical activity levels of students, improve classroom management, and decrease anxiety and stress levels in order to improve the focus and attention of students (which may in turn affect academic achievement). The 10-week study used a mixed methodological approach to gather data. A comparison group and pre-tests helped to strengthen the study.