Yoga is non-competitive
Children practice being supportive and sensitive because they must slow down, notice and work with their own experience.
Yoga improves concentration
Yoga increases focus, mental concentration, and attention span of students. They learn strategies for calming their mind before stressful events (such as national testing), promoting self control and improved concentration, ultimately resulting in improved academic outcomes.
Yoga develops stronger, limber and healthier bodies
Children develop muscular strength and endurance, cardio fitness, flexibility, and body posture during yoga practice. It sets a lifelong foundation for wellbeing.
Yoga creates: balance, integration, flexibility, and calmness
When practicing yoga students slow down brain waves, align body, breath and mind and become present. They feel better, are more relaxed and can focus and participate fully in the learning process. Yoga helps cope with life stressors more effectively.
Yoga cultivates self-esteem, setting patterns of academic and personal success and achievement
Students are less reactive, more proactive and self-aware and make better choices.
Yoga helps students develop a greater sense of self
They are more creative, communicative and compassionate.
Yoga is experiential and social
Students feel the difference in themselves and the group after doing yoga. They discover a sense of awareness and respect for themselves, for others and the world around them.
Yoga is fun!
Students will experience an interactive form of physical practice that is non-competitive, social, physically and mentally challenging and fun!
Source: Ping Luo, Ed.D., Director of School Yoga Institute in California.