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Spirituality involves the recognition of a feeling or sense or belief that there is something greater than oneself, something more to being human than sensory experience, and that the greater whole of which we are part is cosmic or divine in nature. RFS core curriculum includes Spirituality to help students develop an integrative worldview, a sense of meaning and peace, faith, hope, compassion, and happiness within.

Yoga Asana

Asana practice is the core of RFS’s Hatha Yoga. We live in a fast paced, rapidly changing, electronic world. Yoga can be a source of balance, well being and rejuvenation. RFS’s yoga approach is attuned to growing, evolving individuals–an approach that is sensitive to the moment and responsive to our ever-changing bodies and minds. Students learn to combine ancient wisdom, contemporary insight, new innovations and developments to find an evolutionary Yoga practice and understanding.

Instruction includes:

  • Using seven classes of asana (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, Inversions, twists, balancing poses, moving sequences)
  • Creative Use of Sun Salutations
  • Working with subtle energies
  • Potentiating your practice with internal levers and locks
  • Protecting and healing your joints
  • Using energy flow as guide in adjusting postures
  • Developing a lifelong personal yoga practice

Core   Elementary School   Middle School

Yoga Pranaya

Breath is life. It is our constant reminder of and connection to life force. There are five levels of pranayama, 1. Learning to use the respiratory structure 2. Strengthening and toning it. 3. Using breath to recharge, and restore 4. Using breath to change mental, emotional states 5. Using breath to enter altered states.

Instruction includes:

  • Kapalabhati, Bhastrika, Alternate Bhastrika
  • Kundalini Bhastrika, Siva Pranayama, Anuloma Viloma
  • Using Ujjayi

Core   Elementary School   Middle School

Yoga Mediation

Meditation can be a practice for stilling the mind and for concentration and focus. It can also be a quality of attention that is an awakening that pervades all of life. Students will learn to meditate;

instruction includes:

  • Inquiry into meditation
  • Using sitting practices
  • Breath and meditation
  • Nature as the core of meditation



Core   Elementary School   Middle School

Non-Dualism in Indo-Tibetan Thought

Developed in collaboration with Columbia University’s curriculum, RFS students explore an overview of the history and philosophy of Buddhism throughout India, South and Southeast Asia, Tibet, and Central Asia, featuring the basics of the Buddhist view of reality and its educational principles of sciences, mind and social ethics.

Core   Elementary School   Middle School