How to introduce yoga in the classroom
In our neighbouring continent, Latin America, they have approved to officially introduce yoga in the classroom. Here in Spain we are going with delay, but I know positively that will be so sooner or later, and already are betting many of us (teachers and trainers) for this reason. Writes Cayetana Rodenas.
Here you have some ideas that you can serve to the teachers of schools:
1 dedicate at least 20-30 minutes of the day, and if you can be in the morning better, to meet children in a circle, though it is sitting in their chairs, if there is no space. Give the all hands and make a few breaths at the same time. You as a teacher makes the times. For example: out lifting arms towards the ceiling with bound hands and exhale down arms and head towards the ground. This would be the position of the flower group, opening and closing.
2. you, the / teacher, looks at each of your students and tell them one positive word, inspirational and sincere to each of the children. For example, strong, cheerful, loving, beautiful, generous, beautiful, capable, etc. And if you have time, you can leave that children also qualify teammates positively.
3 propose the subject of the tale today to perform yoga postures for history. For example: we traveled to the farm and we do the positions of the different animals and objects (dog, cat, rabbit, horse, tractor, whisking the butter in couple, etc.). Although they are only 5-8 positions per day it is sufficient to go integrating yoga, learn the asanas in a fun way and at the same time go obtaining profits.
For children older than 8 years instead of a story we can propose a more abstract theme, for example: friendship, not violence, recycling, etc. And create a short sequence of asanas, individual or parejas-grupos working those aspects.
4. you can also enter a yoga game, It may be more relaxed or active, depending on what the children need. For example:
- Relaxed game: "Feel the power" (performed by couples). The children sit with eyes closed one opposite other and begin to rub each their hands very hard and fast, until you feel a strong heat coming out of them, then placed them with your palms open toward his partner, as if they were to join them but the dej an half a millimeter away from your partner. Tell them to feel the warmth and tingling that comes out of your hands and your companion to. That you feel that the other person is there but you don't see it because they perceive their power. After 1 or 2 minutes you can open your eyes and give you a hug. This game is for all ages, from little children and even adults.
- Active play: If there is sufficient space in the class, is called a volunteer so that it rests against a wall and the rest of the class's foot on the opposite wall. The / "the League" is back to their peers, and as the "1,2,3 English hide and seek" game, but instead say "1,2,3 yoga want to see". Students must try to reach what remains on the opposite wall, but when he turns, his companions stand like statues doing a posture of yoga, which each of them choose, and if you see them moving commanded again starting from the pr incipio. Or it can be another variation in which the / that the League can say what yoga position need to be, for example: 1,2,3 tree I want to see (dog, cat, Eagle, etc.). Is also a game to raise to any age, since we're working balance, concentration, listening, focusing attention, etc.
In the classroom you will be even more fun because we have more obstacles such as desks, chairs, etc, and the children will have to go dodging them.
5 and finally a small relaxation where children rest 2-3 minutes, to close our eyes either in their seats or, if possible, on the ground. This relaxation can accompany a beautiful music, sounds of nature, story or inspirational poem, guided imagery, etc.
So children are ready to Learn with all five senses in March and assets already from in the morning, and all this will affect very positively in their school results, character, communication with their profesores-companeros - family and their relationship with the world that surrounds them, etc. With just 30 minutes of yoga a day...
These are a few small suggestions, but of course there are other many ways to introduce yoga in school curriculum. Depending on the age of the students it would focus in a way or another, even also depending on space, but there is no impediment to practice yoga anywhere and under any circumstances, because it can be a more physical yoga sometimes, more mental others, or more emotional, but at the end and after all we can if we intend!
Cayetana Rodenas, Director and Professor of Yoga & Kids.
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