SANTOSHA PROGRAM -YOGA FOR SCHOOL COEXISTENCE-The program begins with the concern for the profound problem of School Violence (specifically bullying) in Colombia. Peace must be cultivated from childhood for it to be sustainable.
CERTIFICATION COURSE IN PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF SCHOOL VIOLENCE AND SATYANANDA YOGA® AS A TOOL FOR SCHOOL COEXISTENCE (2013-2014)
This intervention was performed in alliance with the Secretaria de Educacion de Cundinamarca.
Training is directed to coexistence coordinators and psychological counselors from public schools in the Cundinamarca Department. The content seeks to sensitize and make the Law 1216 of 2013 for school coexistence known, as well as encourage the appropriation of simple tools from Yoga to the promotion of healthy school environments. We also aim to offer a space for self-care and self-knowledge for participants to encourage the creation of peace tools in new generations.
Extracurricular classes for the promotion of School Coexistence (2012-2014)
From the second semester of 2012 we found ourselves performing extracurricular Yoga classes at the Colegio La Giralda located in the town Las Cruces of Bogota City. These classes are mainly directed to students transferred by teachers for low academic performance, systemic aggressiveness and low self-esteem. They give continuity to the good results from the performed study in 2012.
Study about the effects of Yoga in School Coexistence / Colegio la Giralda-Bogota (2012)
This intervention was performed thanks to the support of Ramo Products, Pavimentos Colombia S.A.S and la Universidad de los Andes (CIFE).
The objective was to scientifically prove an alternative intervention model with Yoga to reduce school aggression and prevent bullying with boys, girls and teenagers from environments with high levels of violence and poverty.
The intervention evaluated by la Universidad de Los Andes (CIFE) consisted in the performance of extracurricular classes of Satyananda Yoga®, imparted by external expert teachers. Students from social classes 1 and 2 participated in and obtained benefits from the intervention, achieving the developments of skills to peacefully resolve conflicts, improve their anxiety levels and depression in the case of bullying victims, as well as improve their academic performance. To corroborate in a clear way the positive influence of the methodology in an academic climate, coexistence and the children’s mental health encourages us to continue joining efforts for the wellbeing of the most vulnerable boys, girls and teenagers.
The results of the study are significant and we will soon publish the results of the research.