FAQ: A Yoga in Schools 101 Guide
Yoga in the classroom is a relatively new concept. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions when schools introduce a program including movement and mindfulness to their students.
WHAT DOES A YOGA IN SCHOOLS PRACTICE INCLUDE?
By practicing controlled breathing, we can lower our heart rate,
These gentle, simple poses help us center our bodies, and align our breathing with our movement.
Using worksheets, take-home activities, dialogues, and hands-on collaboration, individual and group discussion and reflection helps major concepts stick.
This is a practice we all do together to uplift each of us! It’s also fostered by supportive parents, administration, colleagues and wellness enthusiasts outside the school, all making this practice possible.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Schools are often high-paced, hectic learning environments. These tools help students center and focus, which enables them to perform at their best state.
IS THIS A SPIRITUAL OR RELIGIOUS PRACTICE?
No! The practice of yoga was actually developed outside of religious thought. Its philosophy is rooted in centering and calming the body and the mind. Yoga is sometimes associated with religious practices, but in this case, it’s simply used as a way to move, breathe and explore concepts that make us better learners.
IS PRACTICING YOGA HARMFUL?
Practicing yoga is like any other form of physical activity. As long as it’s practiced in a safe space, and with caution to each person’s physical abilities, there is no harm in practicing.
CAN SCHOOLS PRACTICE WITHOUT MATS?
Absolutely! For more fun ways to practice, including poses that require the use of yoga mats, sign up for our programs. We provide ways to access mats for free or at a low-cost, too – so you’ll have everything you need.
CAN I OPT MY CHILD OUT OF THIS PRACTICE?
Absolutely. For information and resources on how to do so, go here.
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT FROM A YOGA IN SCHOOLS PROGRAM?
This practice is a great way to encourage reflection, instill calm, and regroup the class together before moving to the next activity. Evidence shows impact on students' physical, mental and emotional health, supporting students with tools to self-regulate, reflect, calm down and focus. However, there is only an intention for supporting students' health, and no guaranteed benefits!
HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY TEACHER PRACTICE WITH STUDENTS?
Great question. Yoga is a practice – and to see benefits, it must be used consistently, over time, and with enthusiasm. We recommend that teachers practice these poses and breathing techniques a few minutes each day.
I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS. WHERE CAN I GO TO FIND HELP?
Visit our helpdesk, which has answers to many more frequently asked questions. Also, check out our upcoming webinars to learn more, ask questions, and get to know the Yoga Foster team! You can always reach us directly by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.