By Joel Hillan

DENVER (CBS4) – A special grant from Denver Public Schools has allowed Doull Elementary to pilot a program where they trade out detention for Yoga.

“I teach children the practice of yoga and meditation,” said Trinidad Heffron.

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For Miss Triny, as the kids call her, and for the school, this is about reevaluating the way they discipline, not taking it easy on the kids.

“Yoga and meditation, they’re not necessarily an easy practice. I would say it’s challenging, but useful,” said Heffron.

“What’s more important? Punishing kids for a mistake they made or teaching them some skills that they can actually use in life to not make the same mistakes again,” said school psychologist Carly Graeber.

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Skills that transcend the classroom.

“You can do yoga and you can practice yoga anywhere, any time and maybe when they are riding a bike, they can take deep breath and go, ‘Oh, I’m using my yoga breath,” said Heffron.

“Math and reading and science and social studies are all so important to us here, but also we’re really in the business of teaching kids social and emotional skills that they can use for their lives, so how to solve problems, how to deal with complicated feelings and things like that,” said Graeber.

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And so every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 3 p.m. you’ll find the kids at detention, practicing mindfulness and hopefully learning how to stay out of trouble.

Joel Hillan anchors CBS4 This Morning on weekends as well as reports stories for CBS4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. Follow Joel on Twitter @joelhillan.

Comments (8)
  1. since there are aspcts f yoga that can be religious, I hope that the program is optional.

  2. Doug Day says:

    As long as it’s not Western Christianity…

  3. John Gregson says:


  4. Cajuan King says:

    Why Is It That “Predominantly Black Elementary Schools” Have “Detention” For 6 -9 Year Olds ?

    Would you Say The Black Family Is Dysfunctional ?

    1. rytwinger says:

      The black culture in America is in shambles, “black family” is a misnomer….

  5. rytwinger says:

    If we are to rescue education, and America we’ll need to disinfect schools of the stupid hippies, top to bottom. Get back to punishing poor behavior, and kick the non responsive OUT of school. If parents can’t send a civilized punk to school, let them pay to put it in a private school, or prison!

  6. Keith Diggs says:

    YOGA IS SATANIC. So it figures liberals would flock to it.

  7. Kenneth Neil says:

    I would behave just to avoid having this woman talk to me.