Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 24, Issue 11, pp 3448–3461 | Cite as

Fostering Self-Regulation Through Curriculum Infusion of Mindful Yoga: A Pilot Study of Efficacy and Feasibility

  • Dessa Bergen-CicoEmail author
  • Rachel Razza
  • Amy Timmins
Original Paper


This study examined feasibility and efficacy of curriculum infusion of mindful yoga to foster self-regulation in support of academic performance and health promotion among emerging adolescents. Mindful yoga practices were integrated into 6th grade English Language Arts curricula (n = 72 students) while another cohort of students (n = 70) served as the active control group. To assess the impact of infused mindful yoga practices, self-regulation was measured using the Adolescent Self-Regulatory Inventory. Data were collected at three time-points across the year. Students who engaged in mindful yoga demonstrated significant increases in both global and long-term self-regulation compared to the control cohort; however there were no significant changes in short-term self-regulation. Implications for integrating mindful practices into middle school curriculum are discussed with recommendations for future research.


Mindfulness Yoga Self-regulation Curriculum integration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public HealthSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  2. 2.Department of Child and Family StudiesSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  3. 3.Lexington Public School DistrictLexingtonUSA

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