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Why Yoga 4 Classrooms?

Blog originally posted on YogaActivist.org

I’ve taught extra-curricular and enrichment yoga classes in a variety of
settings: public and private schools, for children just turning 2 to 12 years, and as part of the school day and within after-school care. In nearly all cases, the teachers I’ve worked with are huge advocates of yoga for
their students. Not only do these teachers know their kids enjoy their weekly yoga break, they see the benefits first hand.

Warrior III GroupAmong the most often mentioned benefits of yoga for children by their teachers are that yoga:

  • relieves tension and stress, something
    teachers are very concerned about as standardized testing requirements
    continue to grow,
  • increases concentration, focus, and attention span,
  • expands imagination and creativity,
  • improves ability to be less reactive, more mindful of thoughts,
    words, and actions
    ,
  • builds confidence and self-esteem, 
  • enhances team skills and social interaction, 
  • encourages a fit and healthy lifestyle.

(read Yoga 4 Classrooms’ full list of Benefits of Yoga for Children)

Yoga & Mindfulness Integrated Throughout the School Day

Yoga 4 Classrooms® is not studio yoga in a school setting. There’s no pushing aside desks and chairs; no unrolling yoga mats; no removing shoes; and no 30- or 40-minute yoga class. Yoga 4 Classrooms is yoga integrated throughout the school day.

Open Heart StretchRight at their desks, students can bring their body, mind, and breath
together using adapted-for-the-classroom yoga postures and developmentally-appropriate mindfulness and meditation exercises. A 30-second breathing exercise can center an entire room. A 2-minute motor break can invigorate and focus a class for a quiz. A 5- or 10-minute activity can relax, distress, enliven, build confidence, create community, and more, depending on the needs of the group and the
exercises chosen.

About Yoga 4 Classrooms

Yoga 4 Classrooms is an evidence-based, low-cost, simple, effective and sustainable tool designed for classrooms, which facilitates students’ physical, mental, emotional
and social personal growth. Y4C is anchored in well-validated evidence-based classroom pedagogies, developmental science, cross-sectional research in cognitive affective neuroscience, tenets of positive psychology and secular contemplative practices.

Yoga 4 Classrooms Professional Development Workshop

Y4C logo w registerSCREENThe one-day Yoga 4 Classrooms Professional Development Workshop
is open to all classroom teachers, administrators, school counselors,
phys ed teachers, health educators, therapists and others seeking to
bring simple yoga and mindfulness techniques into the classroom or
similar setting for a more peaceful, productive class day.

We cover a classroom-appropriate mix of yoga-based motor breaks,
brain boosting movements, breath exercises, visualizations, mindfulness
activities, creative movement and community-building games.  We’ll
explore wellness and character-building discussion points such as the
power of positive thinking, nutrition and being a peacemaker, which
address the whole child and also many school initiatives such as
bullying prevention, health and wellness and social and emotional
education.

Teachers who implement Yoga 4 Classrooms usually report that taking as little as 30 seconds to 5 minutes to practice these simple tools throughout the day helps their class community learn to self-regulate, leading to a more positive, peaceful, productive school day…not to mention happier, more resilient students.

Each workshop participant receives a fully-illustrated Y4C teacher’s manual and the Yoga 4 Classrooms activity card deck, ensuring the program is both easy to use and sustainable for long-term use.  No yoga attire or mat will be needed
because we will simulate the classroom setting.

Yoga 4 Classrooms Professional Development Workshops are offered around the United States and online. Find out more at www.Yoga4Classrooms.com

 

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Jennifer Mueller brings a sense of joy and playfulness to her classes – both the
adult and kids classes – and hopes to offer her students the sense of
freedom she finds in yoga. She founded Breathing Space to create hub for
family yoga on Capitol Hill and share her enthusiasm for age-
and developmentally-appropriate poses, games, and songs with yogis of
all ages.

Find an upcoming Yoga 4 Classrooms Professional Development Workshop with Jen or another licensed trainer at www.yoga4classrooms.com/on-location

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