WHAT IS YOGA?
- Millions of people around the world practice this ancient discipline.
- It's more than just exercise - movement is co-ordinated with breathing techniques for relaxation.
- It helps to reduce stress and anxiety and provide a sense of well-being.
- It has a strong following among celebrities and athletes such as Russell Brand, Ryan Giggs, Robert Downey Jr., Andy Murray and Lady Gaga.
how can yoga help your students?
- Mental well-being: Reduces anxiety and stress; improves sleep.
- Fitness: Improves posture, flexibility, motor skills, balance and strength as students' bodies change and grow.
- Academic achievement: Enhances memory, focus, comprehension and concentration.
- Cultivates self-awareness leading to better behaviour.
Recent research conducted by the children's counselling charity Place2Be revealed that almost 90 per cent of school staff have had to provide support for pupils with mental health problems in the past two years. Some estimates claim that as many as three children in any class will be affected by such issues and the YoungMinds charity reports that the number of young people diagnosed with depression at age 15 and 16 has almost doubled since the 1980s.
Mindful Yoga reduces stress and anxiety, increases emotional awareness and in doing so, can help teenagers and children to be more sensitive to those around them; they make better decisions, their behaviour as well as their academic achievement improves as well their ability to sleep. Young people need 8 to 10 hours sleep to function at their best.
WHAT happens in class?
- Pupils of any ability can do yoga: The sporty, unsporty, boys and girls.
- There's always a warm-up: Instruction is given on a cardio-boosting 'sun salutation.'
- Guidance is provided on specific poses to stretch and strengthen muscles.
- Breathing and relaxation techniques are taught.
- Rates for classes vary according to your requirements. Grant funding can often be provided - get in touch to find out more.
Yo Yoga Soul can offer classes prior and following the school or college day, during lunchtime, as a workshop, as part of PE/PSHE, in the lead up to examination period, and on health and well-being days.
The new OFSTED common inspection framework specifically states to gain OUTSTANDING schools must enable pupils to 'make informed choices about healthy eating, fitness and their emotional and mental well-being.' Mindfulness based Yoga classes support students in staying physically healthy as well as allowing them to explore and reflect on life purpose, cause and effect, resilience, obstacles, relationships, feelings and emotions.
Yo Yoga Soul can also offer classes, workshops and well-being events for your staff. Yoga has been proven to reduce teacher absence (Gabriel at al, 2008), increase greater resilience to stress (Deible et al, 2014), lessen anxiety as well as improve relations and co-operation between colleagues (Schmalzl, 2015).
Rates for classes vary depending on course length, and class duration. Grant funding is available for free classes at no cost to your school. Please ask for details.
I turned to the practice of Yoga to find the composure required to balance the challenges of working with young people as an English teacher and a single mother of one fabulous but now grown up son. Its benefits inspired me to complete my 200 hour teacher trainer qualification at Camyoga and to specialise under Charlotta Martinus, founder of the UK's only accredited Teen Yoga and Mindfulness course devised alongside neuroscientists and psychologists from leading universities such as Harvard and Leeds. I have a background in teaching and learning pedagogy as a Coach and PGCE Specialist Conference Tutor at the University of Huddersfield. I am also an associate member of the Teen Yoga Foundation, which had its first conference presenting the scientific research on the benefits of Yoga in education in July, 2015 where I was also a panel guest speaker. As a Yoga Coach, registered with Hull City Council, I am fully insured, DBS checked and Emergency First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid qualified. Further to my Yoga work in schools, I am a Mind with Heart educator for an international charity dedicated to developing pupil well-being, character, emotional intelligence and resilience through Mindfulness as well as a plenary speaker for MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) and MHFA for Youth. I have also just completed my two-year training in a post-graduate diploma in Yoga Therapy (CNHC accredited) to help individuals with specific emotional or physical health problems.