(Two semesters required for ninth-graders; two elective courses offered for sophomores, juniors, and seniors; one elective course offered for juniors and seniors only.)

Unless otherwise arranged by the administration, all ninth graders participate in two semesters of Body-Mind Education. This credited course incorporates a range of tools for making healthy life choices, combining activity-based sessions with discussion, presentation, journaling, and home exploration. Students will reflect, respond, play, grapple, and experiment, ultimately cultivating practices of body and mind that will sustain them through the many challenges their lives will offer. The Body-Mind Education curriculum includes three distinct areas of study: Climbing, Health & Wellness, and Yoga. Freshmen will spend a total of one semester in Climbing and Yoga, alternating at the quarter. Health & Wellness is a yearlong course, held once per rotation. Upper grade level students can choose from a range of more specialized Body-Mind Education electives that require varying levels of commitment and offer continued practice and development of skills presented during the freshman year. Juniors and seniors can also elect to serve as credited Teaching Assistants for our freshman courses.

Body-Mind Education Faculty


Erin Merk
Department Chair

Daniel Tesfai

Sample BME Syllabi

What is yoga practice really about?

Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means "union," "bringing together," or "gathering."  In that broader sense, yoga is so much more than just stretching or holding poses!  Yoga is an approach to daily life that helps us to pause, to reflect on our experience, and to invite positive changes through our blossoming awareness of how we move through the world, what our inmost values are, and how we can weave the two together into one seamless expression.  

During each formal session of yoga we try our best to:
  • JOIN body and mind in the present moment

  • ATTEND to the smallest details of our body-mind experience

  • HEIGHTEN our awareness of posture, breath, and energy

  • BALANCE our energetic pathways

  • CULTIVATE strength, flexibility, and deep relaxation

  • OFFER encouragement and support to our classmates through kindness, focus, and a positive approach to learning
The hope is that we will be able to leave yoga class and extend these qualities into all realms of daily life, so that each person and place we encounter will be touched by this gift of our practice.



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