What is Yoga?

Yoga is a collection of knowledge and practices, which function as a complete and holistic science. The word itself means ‘union’ with the goal to join together the mind, body and spirit. This is achieved by encompassing all of the many different needs; physical, mental, emotional, community and spirit.

The roots of yoga

Yoga draws from a long history of practises passed down through generations. It has been practised for thousands of years and, over the years, many different forms have developed.

Each different type of yoga has its own emphasis and practices. Most wellbeing therapies have some root in yoga, e.g. mindfulness, psychotherapy, CBT, NLP and most body-based practises.

Yoga in Schools’ teachers will follow the aspect of Yoga known as Hatha Yoga, which is concerned with bodily posture, focus and breathing.

Hatha Yoga is a therapeutic movement system integrating breath awareness. The movements release tension and stress in the body and develop strength, flexibility and body alignment.

Our classes follow the eight limb approach to teaching and class structure, incorporating:
Introduction of Yoga Philosophy (including Peace, Kindness, Acceptance, Gratitude & Non-judgment)
Use of postures
Breathing for focus and clarity
Meditation & relaxation

The power of breath

Through the Yoga poses, the children gain many of the benefits of sport and exercise whilst focusing on the controlled use of breathing. This awareness and focus on the breath have a calming effect on the central nervous system.

The class will ebb and flow in activity and stimulation to help guide through the self–regulation of senses, helping grow and strengthen neural pathways.

All of these factors have an impact on breathing. Classes teach the positive effects of awareness and control of breath, by experiencing how it can affect our mood and the way we react to stressful situations and our ability to concentrate.

Learning the power of breath and the ability to self-regulate is a life-changing and life-enabling process for all children and adults.

Body based mindfulness

Classes will also incorporate mindfulness activities, which are engaging and age-appropriate.

Mindfulness means paying full attention to something in the present moment, slowing down to really notice what you are doing and focusing in a relaxed, easy way.

Using breathing and calming exercises, pupils can explore this feeling and enjoy the sense of calm and presence in the moment.

We find that basing our practises in the body, enhances the effect and is more available to young people.

With time and practice, being mindful can develop from a trait to a mindset and gives a better focus for learning, improving concentration and listening.

By building an enjoyment for inner calm and contentment, we develop resilience and improved emotional health.

What are the benefits of Yoga?

The benefits of yoga are key to helping meet the Ofsted framework meeting spiritual, mental and social wellness as well as providing classes for the PSHE curriculum of self-care.

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