Reduce Aggressiveness in Militant Extremists with Yoga

Reduce Aggressiveness in Militant Extremists with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “yoga helps to improve symptoms of anxiety and depression in prisoners, and crucially, decreases impulsivity—a known factor in much prison violence.” – Georgia Pike   As Mahatma Gandhi has recognized “Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is […]

Improve Social and Emotional Skills in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Yoga

Improve Social and Emotional Skills in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “in addition to benefits typically associated with yoga—improved strength and flexibility, and an increasing sense of peace—autistic children also experience a reduction of pain, anxiety, aggression, obsessive behaviors, and self-stimulatory activities. And there’s more […]

Improve Adolescent Mental Health and School Performance with Yoga

Improve Adolescent Mental Health and School Performance with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “school-based yoga cultivates competencies in mind-body awareness, self-regulation, and physical fitness. And classroom teachers benefit as well. Taken together, these competencies may lead to improvements in students’ behavior, mental state, health, and performance, as well as teacher resilience, […]

Yoga has Gone Mainstream in Schools

By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “once children are in a more calm state, they can remember or be more mindful of actions, thoughts, and words from the heart — a more helpful behavior as opposed to self-centeredness.” – Kelly Wood   Yoga practice has been shown to have a large number of beneficial […]

Improve Schools with Yoga

By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Today’s students face tremendous pressure to achieve within a world that is often overwhelming. The tools of yoga and mindfulness offer proven methods of developing the inner resilience needed to navigate physical, mental and emotional stress. . . and can increase their capacity to learn effectively, manage challenging emotions, self-regulate behavior, […]

Reduce Intimate Partner Violence with Mindfulness

Reduce Intimate Partner Violence with Mindfulness   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “teaching men mindfulness and emotional intelligence will help them develop self-awareness in moments of emotional trigger . . . and avoid violent reactivity.” – Prison Mindfulness Institute   The human tendency to lash out with aggression when threatened was adaptive for […]