Polina is directing the expansion of the Compassionate Schools Project (CSP) in Charlottesville and working as a postdoctoral research associate at the School of Education and Human Development. During the past five years, she has developed and facilitated school-based mindfulness programs. Her research focuses on studying teachers' embodiment of mindfulness and the integration of mindfulness and yoga practices in elementary schools. She is currently applying her research to her work at Johnson Elementary, as they adapt and deliver the CSP curriculum.
Polina has studied and practiced yoga since 2012 and has been teaching since 2015. In 2015, she completed an intensive five-month yoga teacher training program in India under Sharat Arora, a long-time disciple of BKS Iyengar. Polina appreciates the emphasis on mindfulness and alignment in the Iyengar tradition and loves to use movement in her work to promote participants' understanding of their mind, body awareness and joyfulness.