Yoga for High School

PSP Yoga Grade 11 was the 1st public school yoga program rolled out in North America.


Designed by award winning author Jenny Kierstead, founder of Breathing Space Yoga Studios and Yoga in Schools, for the Department of Education in Nova Scotia. This program is now taught in most high schools across Atlantic Canada and many others across the rest of Canada.  


This program was also recently implemented into MK – Nova Scotia Native School board, making it the only First Nation Board in North America to teach Yoga 11.


“Yoga Teacher Training has helped guide me to help our schools connect with all the ceremonies, spirituality, beliefs and language that make us proud to be Mi’kmaq. Over the years to come the tools that our teachers and I have gained from YTT will only continue to grow.”


Janean Marshall BA, BEd, MEd, MEd

Student Services Consultant, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey

And Yoga Teacher Training graduate


To read more about “Yoga Moves To MK Schools” click here {link to MK article on a new page – see bottom of this document for the article}


This program is dedicated to every adolescent on the planet, struggling to identify and love who they are.


This program not only provides you the teacher with detailed daily lesson plans and assessment resources at your fingertips, but it also enhances the opportunity to pass on the true magic of this tradition to our youth.


Each lesson plan is numbered through the gradual introduction of postures and concepts, which increase in intensity as the course progresses.


Additionally, a selection of unique meditations and guided visualizations have been added, through which your depth and creativity may be directly passed on to your students.


This program will help students to undergo the necessary transformation required for their survival and help us nurture and love our leaders of tomorrow—our teens.


Let’s show them a new way of being that engenders a shift:

-  From victimhood to accountability and independence

-  From obsession with the material world to a deep appreciation for love

-  From unhealthy lifestyle habits to a lasting awareness health on all levels



For more information on our Yoga for High School, manuals, lesson plans, and training opportunities contact us


For a sample of a lesson plan click here.  


For a video showing the power of the program from CBC news click here



Testimonials from two students of Yoga 11:


"I feel like Yoga came into my life at the perfect time and for a reason. I actually could not have asked for more of a better timing. Yoga came into my life at a time I didn't want to be here anymore. I was at the lowest point in my life. My mom had passed away a little over a year ago, and I was having difficulty accepting her death. I had just broken up with my first girlfriend that actually meant something to me. She came along shortly after my mom's death, so in my eyes she replaced my mom as being my everything. I was heartbroken and upset from the break up. I sent countless text messages to my father, he never responded to one. Living with my grand parents is not easy. My marks in school were below passing. With all of this stuff I was stuck in the negative side of things, until I took yoga. Yoga made me look at the positive side of things. Yoga saved me, it saved my life, and I am so thankful for that.


Yoga 11 has meant the world to me!!!! It saved me, it made me a better person, I don't know what I would have done if I had not taken Yoga 11 this semester. Thank you Ms. J for this amazing opportunity."


Shared by Denise Johnston, Athletic Director, Simonds High School and Yoga 11 Teacher


“You probably get these all the time, but I wanted to thank you, really thank you. I took your yoga class by accident, a student services mistake, but I don't believe it really was an accident now. Before I set foot in your class I was wallowing in self pity and hatred, blaming those who had hurt me and taken away my happiness...


I had planned to kill myself after school and I believed had every reason to, until you showed us those four agreements, one in particular, ‘Don't take things personally’ and something just clicked. At that moment I came to the realization that I had been wasting my life, not living it, clinging to hurtful words, holding a hot coal in my hand with the intent to throw it, but only burning myself. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to look at life through new eyes. I would trade all my years in school just for what I learned in your class: how to feel empathy, forgiveness and find inner peace.
All my gratitude.”


Yoga Grade 11 Graduate, shared by Yoga 11 Teacher Jeff MacKinnon