The learning intention for this lesson was for children to learn a range of different Yoga moves and relaxation breathing techniques to encourage positive wellbeing.
The video shows children participating in a Yoga lesson. It supports the MITEY program our school is using as part of our Inquiry for this term to enhance student wellbeing.
On reflection I have observed how much the children in my class have enjoyed learning Yoga and how willing and keen they are to participate. Yoga means union (of the body and mind) and I often remind the children of this. Allowing a child time to slow down and relax has positive benefits which include a period of calming down and resting their bodies. It also helps reduce high levels of cortisol which can reduce stress and anxiety.
Things to note
Use a larger carpet space to allow children to spread out without having to bump into each other's heads or feet when lying down. The teacher sets the tone for a Yoga lesson, so if there is a child who is acting up it's best to ignore them rather than to give them more attention. Give each child verbal praise and encouragement throughout the lesson.
Class Site Content
For children to listen to the story Pig the Blog by Aaron Blabey. Have a discussion around what he was eating and how much sugar and fatty food was making him bigger in size. What did his friend Trevor do to help him try some exercise? What happened to the floorboards and why? Is it ok to spend all your spare time on your phone, on a device or watching TV?
Start every Yoga lesson with relaxation breathing which should be a meaningful experience to practice mindfulness. Show the children a series of Yoga poses that are suitable for young children. Practice these at least once a week in addition to a PE class.