Updated: Jul 28, 2021
We all know that Yoga & Mindfulness significantly improves mental health and well-being. Now, more than ever, children in schools need support - through teachings of ‘True Yoga’.
If you were to ask me what True Yoga isn't, then it would simply be a form of exercise or activity that could be practised in a number of different PE / sport / PSHE categories, including gymnastics, aerobics, keep fit, Pilates, dance, music and singing to name a few...!
True Yoga encompasses much more than just making shapes with the body (yoga poses). When children practise True Yoga, they are learning and developing lifelong skills, gently nurturing and improving positive mindsets. Compassion, respect for the self and others, resilience and patience, are all covered and are carefully linked to the new PSHE Primary Curriculum.
“Our children really benefit from practising True Yoga. They appear calmer and more relaxed after the lessons and they really enjoy the activities! We have seen a positive impact on their learning and behaviour”.
Alex Green, Deputy Head & Literacy Specialist, Chesterton Primary School Battersea
True Yoga works really well alongside other PE subjects as well (trust us, it's a great complement to any type of sport).
It really is time that education became more focussed on mental health, as I've definitely experienced a change in the general stability and mood of children since starting back in teaching physical yoga lessons in schools. I've also noticed amidst adults that the Covid lockdowns have been a challenge for anyone's mental health, and this shake up of the world is a calling for humanity to change the way that we approach our education and our lives in general. Feel free to comment here on this topic that I feel ever so strongly about!
During lockdown… Older children have lost physical fitness as well as reading and writing skills, and some are showing signs of mental distress, which can be seen in an increase in eating disorders and self-harm.’
Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman