SCHOOL Yoga & Mindfulness classes emphasize calm and concentration, both essential qualities for learning. Additional elements of SCHOOL Yoga classes include storytelling, positive affirmations and knowing how to turn a destructive reaction into a moment of pause.
Kids are taught the importance of a calm body, calm brain and calm heart. In addition to learning to concentrate on the task at hand, they also learn how to pay more attention to the hearts of other. Thus, they learn how everyone feels better helping or being helped.
We teach kids values such as patience and compassion. We also teach life skills such as listening, pause and slowing down. Children learn that calm breathing is the first step to think more clearly and make good choices. Children learn certain movements that help to calm their feelings. We encourage strong and caring world citizens who develop self-reliance and resilience. Whole brain functioning is addresses through movement, focus and sound. The SCHOOL Yoga methods include specific movements that contribute to brain balance. Whole heart functioning is developed, taking a more compassionate and respectful approach to others. The importance of breathing to steady heart rate is key to our SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness methods.
SCHOOL Yoga classes are designed to grow the motivation to use a calm breathing within the classroom. We encourage the importance of listening to one's classroom teacher. With increased listening and empathy within the classroom, student to student and student to teacher, motivation for both teaching and learning strengthens and our public schools flourish. Academic achievement combined with character building brings greater confidence to children and youth. To overlook character building will overlook compassion. The ability to listen to another's point of view or t listen to the teacher's direction helps us feel connected and part of the group of learners. With endless distraction today, the art of listening is crucial so that we can express kinder thoughts, words and actions at school and in life.