FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Bert Bowes Middle School has started a new Yoga Program to help improve the well-being of staff and students.
Bert Bowes Middle School and Soul Space Community applied for an IMAGINE grant from Northern Health in September 2018.
Jen Harrison, Vice Principal at Bert Bowes and Instructor at Soul Space Yoga Community, and Tammy Still, Owner of Soul Space Yoga Community, put the grant proposal together.
According to Harrison, features in the proposal included weekly student yoga club, weekly staff yoga, a full set of mats, blocks, bolsters, straps, and blankets for Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney Middle Schools, and a professional development session in Spring 2019.
Harrison says she thanks Northern Health for the grant and feels the Yoga Program is an excellent initiative for improving the well-being of both staff and students.
“I just think that the opportunity that Northern Health gave our school is one that we are so grateful for. Having someone offset the cost of purchasing equipment and supporting a teacher, and accessing the training is what has made this project possible.”
Harrison also says Yoga is a relatively new frontier in education.
“It’s a relatively new frontier in education and the connection between curriculum, instruction assessment, and mindfulness practices like Yoga, the research is really starting to show that there is a really strong correlation between mindfulness practice, positive mental health, and academic achievement.”
Yoga sessions take place for all School District 60 staff on Monday afternoons, along with a Student Yoga Club session on Tuesdays, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., at Bert Bowes Middle School.
For more information, you can contact Bert Bowes Vice Principal, Jen Harrison, by email at [email protected].