Yoga

Yoga
Through our Inquiry, we found that Yoga was a helpful tool for many of the children. They enjoyed learning the poses and teaching their families how to do them. We taught the students to think about “How fast is your engine running?” from the book, The Mindful Child. When we asked them that question they would pause and think about their bodies. We focused them on how they were feeling and what strategies they could use to regulate their arousal state so that they were calm, focused and alert. We helped guide the children to do Yoga and breathing exercises to relax their minds and bodies or to energize themselves. Through time, we began to see children independently coming to the carpet to use Yoga techniques to help themselves attain a better arousal state. It became such a part of who we were as a class that sometimes we would overhear students saying to each other – I’m going to go do some Yoga because I’m feeling hyper. or one might say to another – I think you should go and do some breathing to get calm. Sometimes, a group would ask us to set up the TV so that they could do Yoga with the video.

Practicing the Tree Pose

The Dog Pose

Meditating