Yoga in the Classroom

Last spring I added a new offering to my yoga business.  I am now licensed to teach Yoga 4 Classrooms.

Yoga 4 Classrooms is a research-based, low-cost, effective and sustainable tool designed for classrooms, which facilitates students’ physical, mental, emotional and social personal growth. The program is anchored in well-validated evidence-based classroom pedagogies, developmental science, cross-sectional research in cognitive affective neuroscience, tenets of positive psychology and secular contemplative practices.

Yoga 4 Classrooms Mission
Our mission is to transform educational environments through yoga-based wellness training and support. We empower students and educators to create positive, peaceful, productive classrooms that support exceptional learning and a lifetime of health and wellness.

Yoga 4 Classrooms Curriculum
Program’s curriculum is focused on social, emotional, and attentional self-regulating strategies and skills, grounded in mindfulness and yogic practices and developed to systematically cultivate well-being, resilience and lifelong learning. Y4C includes a mix of yoga postures, brain boosting movements, breath exercises, visualizations, mindfulness activities, creative movement and community-building games.

Y4C features 67 yoga and mindfulness-based activities, divided into six categories: Let’s Breathe, At Your Desk, Stand Strong, Loosen Up, Imagination Vacation, and Be Well. Each activity includes illustrated instructions, discussion points, sub-activities, and educational tie-ins, for a total of more than 200 beneficial classroom practices. The activities were specially chosen for their suitability for the typical classroom space and schedule and can be implemented in a variety of contexts. All activities can be done standing beside or sitting at desks, while bodies remain off the floor, away from dirt, germs and chemicals. Though there are several worthy programs available, none are entirely suitable for the classroom environment and/or there is too much emphasis on yoga stretching and too little on addressing the whole child: social, emotional and physical. Y4C was developed to fill in the gaps, and simply and practically address the needs communicated by teachers, administrators and parents.

I will be offering a workshop for the public in January.  Please register at http://www.yoga4classrooms. com

NORWELL, MA w/Meg Durkin
Date: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Time: 9:00 – 3:00 (break 12:15 – 1:00pm)
Location: South Shore Natural Science Center, Norwell, MA
Registration Deadline: January 5th
Cost: $180

I can also teach this curriculum to an entire school.  Please contact me if you think that your school might be interested.

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