Yoga in the Classroom
Below is a short description of our different yoga-based resources. Scroll down to read a summary of some of the research-based benefits of practising yoga in the classroom.
Our downloadable yoga posters are designed for you to print and display in your classroom. Each poster includes some top tips for practising yoga with your class, as well as a description of each pose and suggested timings.
Videos – Coming Soon…
Our yoga videos are suitable for a range of ages and explore breathing techniques, individual poses and short yoga sequences.
Games and Resources
Designed to enhance positive relationships within the class and generate positive emotions, our yoga games are fun for all ages.
Benefits of Yoga in the Classroom
Although the study of classroom-based yoga is in its infancy, research to date shows that practising yoga has a number of benefits for school-aged children. Regular yoga practice can have a protective or preventive role in maintaining mental health and can also improve wellbeing.
It’s interesting to note that a number of studies cite the importance of seeing classroom-based yoga practices as complementary to social and emotional learning activities, rather than as a stand-alone programme. Therefore, it is our hope that using our yoga-based resources in conjunction with PEEC will further improve the wellbeing of the teachers and students within our PEEC Community.
Increased Emotional Regulation
Studies have shown that regularly engaging in yoga practices improves students’ ability to regulate their emotions. In fact, research suggests that mindful yoga practices are of greater benefit regarding emotional self-regulation than mindfulness practices alone.
It’s also interesting to note that students who are most at risk of self-regulation dysfunction may benefit the most from mindfulness-based yoga practices.
Reduced Stress and Anxiety
A systematic review of yoga interventions showed that students experience reduced anxiety after engaging in yoga. Research also suggests that yoga has a positive impact on students’ problematic responses to stress, such as repetitive negative thoughts and strong, intrusive emotions.
Enhanced Academic Achievement
Studies show that practising yoga improves students’ memory and attention; and alleviates academic stress, all of which lead to improved academic outcomes.
Research shows that yoga practice can develop students’ resilience due to improvements in their sense of control and self-efficacy with respect to stress and emotion.
Decreased Behavioural Problems
Results from a study that measured cortisol levels suggest that school-based yoga could aid students’ ability to manage stress and help to improve students’ behaviour.
One study found that regularly engaging in yoga resulted in decreased incidence of bullying among primary-aged children. Studies involving secondary-aged students show that regular yoga practices result in fewer absences and detentions.
Improved Physical Wellbeing
It comes as no surprise that studies have shown that practising yoga has a positive impact on students’ physical wellbeing. Engaging in regular yoga practices improves children’s strength, balance, flexibility, endurance and aerobic capacity.
Enhanced Teacher Wellbeing
Last, but certainly not least, engaging in yoga practices has a positive impact on teacher wellbeing. Studies show that regularly practising yoga results in improved mindfulness, positive mood and classroom management as well as lower blood pressure and levels of cortisol.
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