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Designing activities to aid in student Health and Wellbeing


Kids Yoga Program

The aims of Yoga are to unite the body, mind and the spirit. Yoga is considered therapeutic; it makes the body flexible; it helps us relax. Regular Yoga practice cultivates a fitter, healthier, happier, more energetic and peaceful ‘You’.

When I was introduced to Yoga some many years ago I had no idea it was going to change my life. The benefits that I have experienced through regular practice have been enormous. I have noticed a huge improvement in my focus and concentration, lessened stress, improved physical fitness and corrected a number of injuries that dragged over years and became chronic issues.

Whilst teaching at Toorak PS (2013) I developed and implemented a safe fun and engaging six-week Yoga Program for the Foundation level students in hope to introduce them to basic practices of Yoga – developing fine motor skills, balance and coordination while at the same time fostering interpersonal skills via communication, teamwork and relationship building. The flow of poses was delivered via an imaginative story of Fat Freddy’s Adventures e.g. a trip to the beach, rainforest, Africa – click here for a lesson flow sample, in line with the physical developmental needs of the children (AusVELS) as well as the school’s wellbeing policy.

I believe Yoga is a powerful vehicle for healing emotional and energetic blockages, enhancing deeper levels of self-awareness and acceptance and understanding of others. Regular practice of Yoga acts as a means for connecting and balancing the physiological, psychological and biochemical elements, cultivating happier, less stressful and more harmonious lives. Although a regular practice is necessary to see any lasting benefits, what I hoped to achieve in the short time frame that I had available for this project (6 weeks) was to show my students that Yoga is a fun way to exercise and keep the body and mind healthy. I sincerely hope that they will remember at least some basics and utilise these should they decide to pursue Yoga in the future. They may well remember me as the teacher who taught them Yoga.

 

I received heart-warming feedback from my students about their experiences as well as from my mentor and Toorak PS leadership team – the program complemented the schools Wellbeing and Engagement policy. Full report on the success of the program can be accessed on the following link: Kids Yoga Program ACP Report. Furthermore, I believe the children's learning in this area positively connects with practice of health and wellbeing beyond the classroom.

Through my practice I have demonstrated links to PoLTs:

PoLT 1. The learning environment is supportive and productive, by: building positive relationships – with both students and mentors by understanding students backgrounds and assessing existing knowledge; promoting a culture of respect through working as a team, being aware of others and giving each other space for safe yoga practice; utilising strategies that promote students' self confidence and willingness to take risks without the prospects of failure – students were encouraged to have a go and have fun whilst doing it; providing structured support - guiding students through Yoga poses, valuing effort and providing opportunities for recognition of student work - giving consistent verbal feedback on student progress and achievements.

PoLT 2. The learning environment promotes independence, interdependence and self motivation, by: using strategies that build skills of productive collaboration - following instructions and working as a team.

PoLT 3. Students needs, backgrounds, perspectives and interests are reflected in the learning program, by: uses strategies that support different ways of thinking and learning - through active participation, creative and fun expression; building on students prior knowledge, aligns with cognitive and physical age group specific abilities.

PoLT 4. Students are challenged and supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application, by: using strategies to foster imagination and creativity.

PoLT 5. Assessment practiced are an integral part of teaching and learning, by: continually assessing leaning through direct observation and providing instant feedback on learning.

PoLT 6. Learning connects strongly with communities and practice beyond the classroom, by: supporting students to engage in contemporary knowledge and practice to enhance health and wellbeing.

VIT Yoga

Click on the image above to view links to VIT standards related to components and delivery of Kids Yoga Program at the Toorak PS, in detail. Press Esc key to exit.

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