The benefits of Yoga as part of the school day:
When Yoga classes are timetabled into the school routine as part of the school day, it gives children the opportunity to develop and practice their fine motor skills whilst increasing their understanding of how their bodies work. It can also aid teachers in delivering components of the wider Foundation Stage curriculum.
Yoga classes are taught away from a school desk environment to encourage children to move, to interact with each other and to build confidence by giving pupils the opportunity to take lead or make decisions for the class. When teaching staff input with the class there is a fun and livelier learning experience.
The class is taught in a number of ways through kinesthetic learning, verbal cues, images, songs and games so it is inclusive to all children in the class no matter how they learn.
Why Yoga for children?
The stresses of everyday life effect not only adults but also children. Where most adults can easily express their stresses and anxieties, the opposite is often true for children, especially those with physical or mental disabilities. Yoga gives children a way to connect with themselves and others, not just physically but also emotionally and intellectually. Through the physical aspect of yoga they gain strength and flexibility. They learn calming, relaxation and breath techniques to deal with stress management. Yoga teaches children focus, enhancing their concentration.
The most rewarding part of teaching yoga is when an individual can take the practice off the mat and apply it to their day to day life.
Special Educational Needs Yoga & Bodywork:
I teach Yoga in school as part of the school day.
-I use a visual timetable and pictures to support my movements and oral instructions. This format lends itself well to teaching SEND students.
-I work with teachers, support staff and parents to make sure we have consistent instructional strategies.
-It is important that the environment supports and enhances the learning potential so that over time the familiarity of the class is not an issue for the student/s so they can then relax and concentrate on the activities in the session.
-Instructions and activities are tailored to cater for the different distinctive learning abilities of the class if there are mixed students with different needs.
-My main aim when working with a group, is to make sure the class feels inclusive and accessible to all.
Bodywork can be integrated into a child’s overall plan of care. When it is added as an adjunct therapy to a child’s Occupational Therapy (OT), Speech Therapy (ST) or Physical Therapy (PT) plan, parents can see significant results and improvement in cognitive skills. Some of the main characteristics of ASD are impairments in social interaction and impaired communication. Massage has shown to promote more on-task and social relatedness behavior during play observations. Over time, the sessions can provide relaxation, help with body awareness, help the child to become more accustomed to tactile stimulation and has also helped decrease issues with sleeping. In addition, bodywork has helped increase muscle tone in children with ASD, which in turn has helped increase fine and gross motor skills.
Please feel free to e-mail me directly with any queries for teaching Yoga in your school- firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a DBS advance certificate and can teach children from Nursery upwards.
Private children’s Yoga sessions for families who want to encourage or focus on a particular aspect of their child’s development, please contact the e-mail address above.
I teach in a variety of schools within the London area:
-typical schools (ages Nursery to Year 6)
-Private Schools (ages Nursery to Year 6)
-SEN departments: children with special needs ranging from autism, ADHD, Global Developmental Delay (ages Nursery to Year 6)
-SEN Special School: I regularly teach in the secondary department. (The pupils age range from 11 years old to post 16).
I also provide sessions for other parts of the school for specific lessons ie: wheel chair users etc…
The SEND pupils who attend my class have a range of conditions that vary and include-
PMLD Profound & Multiply learning Difficulties
SLD Severe Learning Difficulties
SpLD Specific Learing Difficulties
Behavioural/Emotional/Social Difficulties & Disorders