Have you heard about the exciting new research that Class Yoga is undertaking?! We’re aiming to study 500 children this year, to look at the impact yoga has on their attainment levels at school.
Now, our hypothesis is that, there is a strong link between children who practise yoga and mindfulness, with higher levels of focus and concentration – leading to higher achievement, as well as higher levels of contentment, physical fitness and mental health.
The impact of having a fully trained children’s and adults yoga teacher and school teacher, like myself, come into school once a week is amazing – there is so much that children learn and assimilate into daily life, from doing only one yoga class per week. So, just imagine the results of you being able to impart yoga and mindfulness to children everyday.
3 Easy steps to becoming more mindful, to positively impact your pupils
A mindful teacher has a much greater impact on pupils, than a teacher who merely tries to teach mindfulness.
Dr Dan Siegal
I quote the above a lot, but I just think it is so, so important right now! Mindfulness in education is, thankfully, being discussed more and more, as massively beneficial for pupils. But, it appears to me, that the benefit for teachers is being hugely overlooked, as is the necessary training for teachers to deliver effective mindfulness teaching in school.
But some with an unfortunate misconception of Mindfulness…
Last week I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at the Plymouth University Primary Partnership Health and Wellbeing Conference, on the subject of yoga and mindfulness in schools. The fact that such conferences are being held now is fantastic, as it means that health and wellbeing in the education system is being given the importance that it so desperately needs.