Headstand is an innovative non-profit organization that works to combat toxic stress in disadvantaged K–12 students through mindfulness, yoga, and character education.


Our unique program combines mindfulness practices, yoga techniques, physical activity, and social and emotional learning as an integrated part of a school’s curriculum.


Research shows that the damage caused by exposure to prolonged toxic stress in childhood can last a lifetime.  Headstand equips students with the tools and skills to offset toxic stress.



Headstand empowers at-risk K-12 students to combat toxic stress through mindfulness,

yoga and character education. Our integrated programs enhance students' capacity for

academic learning and promotes healthy social & emotional well-being.



Headstand currently works with many K-12 schools and is actively adding new partner school systems.

Headstand is thankful to our supporting sponsorship partners.

To partner with Headstand or to become a sponsor,
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Building a solid foundation for disadvantaged students in K-12 brings immeasurable future results. And the joy brought to these children is priceless. This is what makes Headstand take a stand to fight the toxic stress these children face everyday.

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iscal non profit supporting organization. We rely on additional funding from our corporate sponsors and you to fulfill our mission to serve disadvantaged students.


Headstand's board & staff members all come from very diverse backgrounds. But we share the same passion to provide disadvantaged K-12 students with the tools to combat toxic stress through mindfulness, yoga and character education.

KATHERINE PRIORE is the founder and executive director of Headstand. Directing the yoga-in-schools movement, she oversees school programming, fundraising, strategic partnerships, and organizational sustainability. Katherine leads workshops training teachers around the country, and strategizes with school leaders to develop cultural shifts for greater wellness in K-12 settings. She began her studies in yoga nine years ago as a way to relieve stress as a public school teacher. Since then, Katherine has cultivated a profound appreciation for the calming, therapeutic, and grounding aspects of yoga. She is an educator and yoga teacher, with more than a decade’s experience leading a wide range of K-12 learners. Katherine holds a Master’s degree in Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

ANNIE WEINBERGERour marketing committee chair utilizes her expertise in development and execution of marketing strategies, branding, and customer advocacy, as well as mobile, web, social and rich media technologies. Her passion for improving the well-being of at-risk youth has led her to work with many community and youth-oriented non-profit organizations - including Youth-to-Youth in Sun Valley, ID and Taproot and Youth Speaks in San Francisco, CA.

MARTIN SCOTT is a San Francisco-based yoga teacher who believes in the transformative powers of yoga – not just Asana practice but yoga as a lifestyle. Martin honors the traditions of yoga learned from his teachers, Sri Dharma Mittra based in New York City and Stephanie Snyder in San Francisco. Martin teaches a Vinyasa-based yoga practice that focuses on health and wellness for the body and the mind. His attentive teaching style is accessible to students of all levels. His classes build strength and flexibility and Martin encourages students to always maintain a sense of humor and lightheartedness while inspiring them to further their practice through dedication. He recently opened a studio in San Francisco, Union Yoga (www.unionyogasf.com) and donates 100% of the proceeds from his Saturday morning classes to Headstand.

MOLLY WHITLOCK DEL BALSO enjoyed 14 years of diverse work experience going from Wall Street to Microfinance projects in India to various educational and charitable endeavors in Latin America. Molly brings a wealth of corporate and cultural experience to Headstand. A graduate of Purdue University, Molly is a life long yoga enthusiast and has studied yoga at Yoga Works and has had the opportunity to practice all over India. Currently a fan of prenatal yoga, Molly is awaiting the birth of her first child.

MEREDYTH LACY currently works at the University of California Office of the President supporting the Chief Financial Officer in strategic planning, financial analysis, and project management of system-wide strategic initiatives for UC’s 10 campuses and 5 academic medical centers. Prior to joining UC, Meredyth worked for Bain & Company and the Bridgespan Group. Meredyth has worked with a variety of youth-oriented nonprofits, including StandUp for Kids, Inspire, and multiple charter management organizations. Meredyth's passion for yoga began over a decade ago, and her practice has become a mental and physical foundation. Meredyth has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California.

KAITLIN QUISTGAARD is an avid yoga practitioner and the former editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal. She currently advises organizations about the yoga market, while pursuing ideas at the intersection of media, technology, and wellness. Her editorial career took off at Wired, where she was business editor of the nascent Wired News site and a regular contributor to the magazine, before leaving to become technology editor at Salon.com. Previously she was a reporter for Time magazine and a contributor to the New York Times, the Sunday Times of London, and Sports Illustrated, among others.

 has been a dedicated Headstand Board Member since 2010 in addition to her day job as a Sales Director at McGraw Hill Financial where she has worked for 9 years. Amy's life has been enriched by a strong yoga practice starting at age 12 which makes Headstand's mission near and dear to her heart - she believes that bringing a curriculum committed to mindfulness into our education system is imperative to the healthy future of today's youth. Amy has 2 young children who do a mean downward dog.