We send our children to school to study topics as diverse as Biology, Writing, Calculus, History, Reading, and Chemistry. But what about studying themselves? Self-reflection and a holistic understanding of the body, mind and emotions is a crucial component in the education and development of young students.
Teaching yoga in schools helps shape the relationships children have with exercise, mindful eating, kindness, and the power of observation. Their interaction with this tool, the system of yoga, will serve them throughout their lives; boosting self-esteem, confidence and empowering management over their own health and happiness.
- Breathing techniques to stay clear and focused for testing and difficult situations that arise in and outside of the classroom.
- The benefits of each pose as it relates to their lives and needs.
- Relating based on kindness and respect to themselves, to others, to their environment.
- How to meditate: a refuge from over-stimulating city life.
Bent On Learning is the largest nonprofit organization to bring yoga and meditation to New York City public schools. BOL’s programs work with schools to lessen the effect space constraints and budget restrictions have had on children’s health and well-being.
Uncommon’s urban public charter schools provide longer school days, a focus on college from day one, and classroom structures that reflect high achievement and student involvement. Uncommon Schools’ after-school enrichment program includes yoga classes three times a week. That’s huge.