Understanding that yoga is a mind-body system about honouring and supporting oneself in order to be the best one can be;
Introducing educators to Yoga Tools with the intention to nourish, balance and support teaching and learning;
Empowering educators to use Yoga Tools along with students to model the importance of self-care and experience the benefits of yoga breaks;
Inspiring educators to use Yoga Tools to support and improve productivity during lesson time, rather than just use yoga as a supplemental activity.
Yoga means 'to bring together' or 'union' and implies the creation of balance within oursleves and in our lives. Yoga is an ancient methodology of mind-body-breath exercises that enhance health and so has been practiced by many cultures and people of many different religions for thousands of years.
Although yoga is said to have been created in India by a Hindu culture, it is not an extension of the Hindu faith. The practice of Yoga is not faith-based. Yoga is a practice of self-awareness and self-development and is non-sectarian, and compatible of all religions. People of all backgrounds use yoga to be better people and to achieve their goals.
Integrating yoga in education allows students to develop self-awareness through a variety of simple and effective yoga-based techniques and exercises. Yoga-based health and wellness programs are fun and easy ways to immediately feel focused, energised and/or relaxed.
YOGA TOOLS FOR EDUCATORS
Educators need tools, and being a successful educator requires great energy, inner strength, resourcefulness and creativity. As with any classroom instruction, it is important for the educator to provide the model. If educators have inner strength and harmony, students will feel it and imbibe it. Through sharing simple Yoga Tools at school, educators will inspire students to enhance both physical and mental awareness and develop habits that will enable them to take responsibility for their own well-being.
YOGA TOOLS FOR CHILDREN
Children love the movement and creative expression associated with yoga poses and yoga breathing. Yoga at Primary School delivers an engaging process of self-awareness which is fun and refreshing.
YOGA TOOLS FOR TEENAGERS
The teenage years can be a turbulent time where there is a sudden jump form the simplicity of childhood, to the complex emotional state of adolescence. Yoga provides a supportive environment where teens can disconnect from external pressures and enjoy some personal time to journey within.
Our Professional Development Trainings allow educators to understand the benefits of Yoga in Education and to learn Yoga Tools to share in their learning space. Yoga Tools are simple and fun yoga-based exercises to immediately feel more focused, energised or relaxed. Yoga Tools can be used in any setting and require just 2-8 minutes of time.
When we use Yoga Tools, we are learning ways to enhance self-awareness, self-care and self-management by tuning into the body, the breath and the mind. Yoga Tools not only enhance teaching and learning, Yoga Tools are skills we learn to support us through life!
The Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) defines Personal and Social Competence as a general capability within the Australian Curriculum which identifies age-appropriate concepts that can be taught throughout the years of schooling in:
- social awareness;
- social management.
"Students with well developed social and emotional skills find it easier to manage themselves, relate to others, develop resilience and a sense of self-worth, resolve conflict, engage in teamwork and feel positive about themselves and the world around them. The development of personal and social capability is a foundation for learning and for citizenship."
~ excerpt from ACARA - F-10 Curriculum
In the Australian Curriculum, students develop personal and social capability as they learn to understand themselves and others, and manage their relationship, lives, work and learning more efficiently. The capability involves students in a range of practices including recognising and regulating emotions, developing empathy for others and understanding relationships, establishing and building positive relationships, making responsible decisions, working effectively in teams, handling challenging situations constructively and developing leadership skills.