Anti-bullying, health and wellness, and character education are common themes in American schools today, all focusing on educating the whole child, mind, body and spirit. Yoga, by nature, supports this learning.
The following are some of the benefits of yoga to support the education of the whole child, thus maximizing the learning process Provides students healthy ways to express and balance their emotions Promotes a more relaxed, comfortable state of being - the perfect state for teaching and learning Brings students into the present moment â€“ the most basic requirement for learning Encourages community and connectedness within the classroom Helps to create an atmosphere of confidence, enthusiasm and non-competitiveness where everyone can succeed Provides opportunities for beneficial motor breaks throughout the day Eases anxiety and tension (such as pre-test or performance jitters) Enhances focus, concentration, comprehension and memory Provides opportunities for reflection, patience and insight, reducing impulsivity and reactivity Supports social and emotional learning Improves listening skills Wakes up sluggish minds and creativity as needed Enhances organizational and communication skills Improves posture, assisting students to sit comfortably for long periods Enhances motor skills and balance Improves mind/body awareness and connection Improves confidence and self-esteem Encourages respect for oneself and others Creates a calm, harmonious classroom
About Lisa Flynn, Founder & Director, ChildLight Yoga An E-RYT 200, RYT 500 and RCYT, Lisa continues her personal study of yoga and yoga philosophy with Julie Rost of the YogaLife Institute . She holds an advanced-level certification from Color Me Yoga for Children® and is certified as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga® Facilitator, a YogaEd Instructor and Circus Yoga Teacher. She has also studied with Craig Hanauer of Every Kids Yoga , focusing on children with special needs and Christy Brock of Yoga 4 Teens.