Calm, resilient and confident learners
A 2018 study conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and Melbourne University shows that the mental health and well being of Australian students has declined significantly since 2003. Nearly half of the students surveyed reported feeling “very stressed” (up from 28% in 2003). The number of students who reported feeling confident while doing difficult school work has fallen from 76% to 59%. The findings also show an increasing lack of resilience among a growing number of young people.
Impact of Stress on Learning and Mental Health
Stress can impede the ability to focus, concentrate and self-regulate emotions, These factors can lead to poor academic performance, early drop outs and participation in risky behaviour.
Australian children spend 13 years in school. Schools therefore have the power to equip children with tools and techniques that help them take personal responsibility for managing their physical and mental health and wellbeing from an early age.
How can yoga help?
Research conducted in the US has shown that introducing yoga in schools can have positive effects on student concentration, self-regulation, attention, anxiety, stress, mood and resilience.
Yoga helps create harmony and alignment between the mind, body and breath. It helps build strength and flexibility as well as refine balance and co-ordination. Yoga helps to improve focus, instil a sense of calmness and develop a positive self image.
Yoga in Schools
Yoga classes for primary school students recognise the importance of learning through play. Our classes involve storytelling, individual, partner and group yoga poses and some yoga games. Each class is themed to capture the children’s attention and imagination.
Yoga classes for secondary school students start to slowly resemble an adults yoga class, whilst still retaining some fun activities such as partner and group yoga poses and age appropriate games. Each class is tailored to the children’s energy and the group dynamics on the day.
Our classes start with a warm up and a breathing exercise to help centre and educate the children on the importance of the breath. This is followed by a group of balanced yoga poses, mindfulness, relaxation and meditation.
Children are given the opportunity to co-create the class within the boundaries of the theme. This encourages working together, self-expression and creativity, helping to develop social skills whilst giving children the tools to manage stress and anxiety.
Incursions – yoga is a powerful modality that can be used to supplement and reinforce the teachings in the classrooms. Our classes can cover a number of the learning areas and general capability from the National School Curriculum. Classes can also be tailored to be consistent with school themes / inquiry units / gospel values.
Pay per user group – classes can be held at lunchtime or after school in the school premises.
For more information on any of our services and how you can incorporate our program into your school, please don't hesitate to contact us.
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