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All 9th and 10th graders participate in Body-Mind Education (BME). 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 BME curriculum includes four areas of study over three semesters—Climbing, Yoga, Frosh Health & Wellness, and Soph Health: Human Sexuality. 9th graders will spend a total of one semester each in Climbing and Yoga, and a full year in. “Frosh Health & Wellness.” 10th graders will spend a full semester in “Soph Health: Human Sexuality.”

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.

BME Faculty

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    Erin Merk 

    Department Chair Body-Mind Education Faculty

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    Daniel Tesfai 

    Director of Coaching & Compliance for Athletics & Body-Mind Education Faculty

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    Diana Suarez Ben-Hur 

    Body-Mind Education Faculty

Lick-Wilmerding High School

755 Ocean Avenue | San Francisco, CA 94112 | 415.333.4021
A private school with public purpose, Lick-Wilmerding High School develops the head, heart, and hands of highly motivated students from all walks of life, inspiring them to become lifelong learners who contribute to the world with confidence and compassion.