Access Type

Open Access Thesis

Date of Award

January 2014

Degree Type


Degree Name



Health Education

First Advisor

Erin E. Centeio

Second Advisor

Noel Kulik


Physical activity during the school day is becoming more important as the health of our children stays below optimal levels. Yoga has been shown to increase physical activity levels and decrease stress. This study, guided by the Social Cognitive Theory's idea of reciprocal determinism, sought to determine the effects of a Yoga Calm® certified classroom teacher incorporating yoga poses, breathing and relaxation techniques and games into every school day. Quantitative data were analyzed using a series of paired and independent t-tests, and self-reports revealed students receiving yoga decreased scores in stress and fighting, but increased scores in anger. Qualitative data were coded for themes and revealed the student's behavior improved, in particular an increase in focus and attention, and students were less fidgety. Yoga participation and use of breathing techniques increased at home and school, particularly when nervous, afraid, to prevent fighting, decrease anger, and to calm students down.