Most of our yoga classes need a bit of space, and ideally a yoga mat or something similar, but can also be done on a carpet.
We also have standing and seated classes, great for when you are short of space or want to do a quick class without rearranging any desks.
Provide a safe, supervised space for your pupils to do yoga. Resist the urge to ‘adjust’ the kids in any poses. They will figure things out on their own.
If your school is new to yoga give the children time to adjust to this fresh activity. It is not uncommon for a class to giggle and ‘act out’ a little at the start. Stick with it and as the children get use to yoga you will see a positive change across the class & school.
In the Class Yoga library we have age specific classes, all age (5 to 11) classes, classes with specific learning outcomes, seated and standing classes, guided relaxations & series classes, plus ‘life event’ classes like yoga for exams.
These classes teach the ability to concentrate and focus on a task, and a sense of achievement as the children see improvement in their abilities. A focus class before a particular task is a great way to get your class ready to perform at their optimum level.
The more the children do a particular class the more improvement in their own ability will be noticed. A wonderful aspect of yoga is that it is a personal practice, so peer competition is taken out of the equation, making it fantastic for both
Our energising and relaxing classes are great for regulating energy levels in your classes. You can also combine these classes with a focussing class, for example a energising class followed by a focussing class to get ready for a particular task.
These classes are also a great way to bookend a PE session.
From our feedback the children absolutely love the relaxing classes, as for many of them it will be the only time in their day that they are told to do nothing!
For each age group we have a 6 classes designed to be done in order, so the children can get to know a sequence and then build upon it. Definitely don’t rush through these classes, doing each class several times before moving on is a great approach.
Designed for the classroom, when you are short of time and space these classes can be done behind the desk, on a chair, or on the floor. A great quick hit of mindfulness!
New for this year we have added some ‘life event’ classes, yoga for sports, stress and exams. All our yoga classes will benefit these areas, but if you would like a class specifically focussed on yoga for worry for example these are great!
The most effective mindfulness teacher is a teacher practicing mindfulness. Sounds obvious we know, but how does a stressed out teacher become calm & mindful? Try our 5 minute yoga class for teachers, great at the start of the day, or whenever you have a spare 5 minutes. If you have not developed a mindfulness practice yet this is a great place to start.
The Class Yoga Team