Yoga in Schools
Schools around the world are beginning to look at well-being initiatives to cover the healthy development of children, physically, mentally, socially, emotionally and even spiritually. Yoga, meditation and mindfulness are at the heart of this movement as an integrated practice helps with exactly that. What's more, yoga is an easy indoor activity that can be done in the classroom (so it even addresses the issue of whether kids get enough exercise in the day).
Most teachers have limited knowledge about yoga, meditation and mindfulness, but I have a range of offerings from one-off workshops, to yoga programs that are part of the curriculum and even professional development for teachers.
EDUKAY - Yoga & MINDFULNESS TRAINING for teachers
EDUKAY is a specialised 6-hour continuing professional development opportunity developed by Kidding Around Yoga's (KAY's) team of educators, targeted towards providing school teachers with techniques, songs, games and activities to be integrated into the school day, seamlessly fitting into lesson plans, units of inquiry, curriculum themes and learning standards. KAY is a leading children's yoga company with programs and trainings around the world.
Here's what a past participant said about the EDUKAY program:
YOGA FOR SEN SCHOOLS
One of my favourite services is bringing a specialised yoga program to a school for special educational needs. Children respond so well to the yoga and meditation activities, and their carers receive something as well. Here are some schools that I have worked with in the past:
- Child Development Centre Hong Kong
- The Cornwall School
- Heep Hong Society School
- Watchdog Early Education Centre
- Jockey Club Sarah Roe School
Stress Management for Kids Workshop
I've run this workshop for kids aged 10-12 years and it really plants the seeds for them to learn how to manage stress and the tools they have to overcome challenges, especially as they navigate teenage years. Here's what they learn:
- What is the stress response?
- Good stress vs. bad stress
- How to recognise bad stress and address it mindfully
- When to ask for help