Yoga Helps Children Perform Better Academically
In a recent CBS News report, they uncovered how well Yoga is working in classrooms in schools, when it is integrated into the curriculum. As a certified Primary/Junior Teacher and Yoga Instructor, this information did not surprise me, given the many positive benefits that Yoga provides, but it did delight me because these facts have been slow to make it into main stream media and thinking. What I did find most interesting about the report was the insightfulness of what the children had to say when they were asked to describe how Yoga makes them feel. The students said things like: “I feel open, happy, calm, focused, and relaxed. I can do my work faster after Yoga. I feel better about my life and I can forget the bad things that are happening in my life.” A surprising 98% of students said that after a Yoga class, they felt more ready to learn. This is a tremendous revelation that should encourage all teachers and schools to start implementing a Yoga program into their classrooms immediately.
Kids tuning into their bodies and focusing their minds
Yoga helps kids concentrate
For those unfamiliar with Yoga, there can be a perception that Yoga is about turning into pretzels and doing gymnastics. But as this report shows, and as Yoga Instructors know, Yoga is about tuning into the body and focusing the mind. Concentrating the mind on the breath, the movement, and the poses helps children become more centered and relaxed. With all of the slow, deep breathing, more oxygen is going to the brain, making children more ready – and most importantly – more able to learn. For those schools who have implemented Yoga, being able to track the concentration ability in kids and seeing how it manifests in excellent grades, must be very satisfying to the teachers, parents, but most of all to the students themselves.
The students in this video are in their middle school years, a timeframe fraught with hormones and wild emotions starting to kick in. Hearing so many of the students talk about how Yoga helps them manage their emotions, giving them a clear mind, having the ability to reflect on themselves and their past actions, and helping them look wisely at choices to move forward, is a wonderful benefit of Yoga. For those who practice Yoga, they know that “This is what Yoga is all about!”
After yoga kids feel ready to learn
The teacher in the video said it beautifully when she shared that “Yoga is about learning the process for internal listening”. She also said that “She hopes each child can become a person who makes good choices – even when the choices are challenging and the answers aren’t clear.” Clearly, we need more inspired Teachers in schools, who are willing to give the powerful tool of Yoga to their children, to help them deal more effectively with the pressures of their daily life.
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Janet Williams, B.Ed, RCYT is a certified Primary/Junior Teacher, Yoga Instructor and Author of the Award-winning book “What I See, I Can Be: A Guided Yoga Flow for Children”. Concerned about the childhood obesity issue and high anxiety kids face, Janet created easy to use Kids Yoga Resources so that Parents and Teachers could get their children active and fit – and calm and relaxed. Janet offers a “95 Hour Kids Yoga Teacher Training Certification” that is recognized by Yoga Alliance and is excellent for parents, teachers, daycare providers, youth leaders and health care professionals.
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