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Benefits of Yoga in a School Setting

Posted Mar 22 2012 3:00am
Benefits of Yoga in a School Setting

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 – 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.

Developed and facilitated by Lisa Flynn, the ChildLight Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga 4 Classrooms   programs are popular, effective opportunities for other parents, teachers and yoga therapists to learn to share yoga with children. Lisa trains and speaks at many schools, wellness conventions, and yoga centers around the Northeastern United States. She is an active member and sponsor of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and the International Association of School Yoga and Mindfulness (IASYM).

MyYogaOnline is proud to support Yoga Recess and it's free online resources for school teachers.

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