Yoga in the Classroom

Tuesday 28 October, 2008

Yoga is taught in a growing number of schools worldwide - the manifold benefits of bringing the practice to kids include relaxation, better concentration and improved balance.


yogabugsMaking yoga available for children ticks a number of boxes: it bolsters objectives set out on in the National Curriculum and meets goals to give children at least two hours of PE during school hours.


With obesity levels sky high - almost a third of British kids are now overweight - these are crucial aims.


Yogabugs is one of several companies standing to benefit from this drive: the firm currently needs 100 more teachers to fulfil the demand for classes.


Since its launch in 2004, the company has grown to encompass a network of 28 franchises across the UK, reaching around 50,000 children under 12.


Meanwhile, in America, a new manual, Yoga in the Classroom, is the latest addition to the drive to bring yoga to schools.


Written by US-based yoga teacher Gail Bentley Walsh and aimed at school teachers, the book covers pranayama, relaxation, meditation and a selection of yoga postures. The emphasis is simple instructions, made fun.


'The book is for every teacher, no matter whether they have studied yoga or not. The hope is that teachers will enjoy exploring yoga with their students. Yoga is an ancient practice, and we are all beginners at heart', says the explanation on the website.


Any attempts to spread the word about yoga and encourage a new generation of yogis is undoubtedly a good thing.


Keeping the asanas and techniques light-hearted and accessible is also imperative - though I do wonder whether an adult without any knowledge of yoga at all is in the best position to pass on the knowledge.

Lucia Cockcroft, editor


Image courtesy of Yogabugs




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