Yoga In Schools: 7 Ways it Can Help Your Classroom Bloom
Teachers help build and shape the next generation by providing them with the best education and skills. Teachers and educators also want to make sure that their students are prepared to face anything the future may throw at them. The best way to prepare your students to overcome challenges is with yoga. Yoga can help your students build up their mind and bodies so that they are better prepared for their future. Below are the 7 ways that yoga in schools can help your classroom grow and develop.
1. CREATES A POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT
Students often see going to school and sitting in a classroom a chore even though the education you are providing them is in their best interest. Yoga can help your students develop a community as a classroom and encourage each other to strive. Your students will become more engaged within their classroom.
2. ENCOURAGES PARTICIPATION
Practicing yoga as a class will help build a better sense of community with your students and yourself as a teacher. Your students will feel more open to share and participate during your lesson. They will feel more willing to give it their all during their class time.
3. ENHANCES STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCE
Yoga can help your students build up their competencies in their academics and personally. The mediation of yoga allows them to develop their self-awareness that in turn helps them manage their emotions and relationships. They will feel more driven to succeed with the encouragement from their classmates and from their own self-drive.
4. RELIEVES STRESS
We all know stress is can be overwhelming especially for students that usually have a lot on their minds. When your students start to practice yoga in the classroom, they will begin to see it as a time without outside stress or distractions. Your students can be momentarily free of the stress of their home-life, studies, relationships, and social media. Yoga will allow them to find peace of mind.
5. BUILDS CONFIDENCE
Your students’ self-esteem is developed from experiences and reactions from their homelife, while they’re at school, and even in their relationships. We all know that students with low self-esteem can’t perform their best academically and may turn to other destructive practices. Through proper implementation and responsive learning, yoga in schools can help build the confidence of these students. When practicing yoga students have the opportunity to draw inwards, regain confidence, and feel more secure and strong in their state of self.
6. ENCOURAGES FITNESS
Yoga can help your student develop peace of mind while also teaching them the joys of fitness. Your students have grown to learn that in order to be fit that they must do exhausting laps around the gyms and impossible pull-ups. These types of exercises are just as valid as yoga but seem more like a chore. Yoga is more of a slow burn type of exercise that still builds muscles and flexibility.
7. CULTIVATES EMPATHY
Often students are feel too embarrassed to answer questions in class because they fear that their answer is wrong. They feel that if they give the wrong answer that everyone will make fun of them and laugh. Usually, this isn’t the case but they have developed a fear of being ridiculed; this is most likely cause by the lack of empathy they feel in the classroom. The lack of empathy in your classroom is not your fault but rather it something that was developed within the students. With the help of yoga, your students and yourself can build an empathetic classroom. Yoga can build self-acceptance and show your students that they all struggle from time to time.