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Blarney Street Stretch Yoga & Mindfulness Programme


Yoga is taught to children from Junior Infants to 6th class, with each class having a block of classes each year in primary school.
 

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Why? 

Yoga helps to:

• Develop body awareness

• Learn to use their bodies in a healthy way

• Manage stress through breathing, awareness, mindfulness and healthy movement

• Build concentration, strength and balance

• Increase their confidence and positive self-image

• Feel part of a healthy, non-competitive group

• Have an alternative to tuning out through constant attachment to electronic devices

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Yoga & the Curriculum

SPHE

Myself

  • Yoga develops self-confidence and positive self-esteem

  • Through yoga, children can develop an understanding of healthy living, an ability to implement healthy behaviour & a willingness to participate in activities that promote & sustain health


Myself and others
 

  • Yoga helps to create & maintain supportive relationships now & for the future



Myself and the wider world
 

  • Yoga helps to develop some skills necessary for participating fully in groups & society

Social & Personal Development

  • Yoga helps children to enjoy positive experiences with others in a movement context

  • Yoga helps to develop self-esteem and confidence through movement

Physical & Motor Development

  • Yoga helps children to enjoy positive experiences with others in a movement context

  • Yoga helps to develop self-esteem and confidence through movement

  • Yoga challenges children in a movement context

  • Yoga develops strength, endurance & flexibility

  • Yoga promotes agility, control, balance & coordination

Knowledge & Understanding

  • Yoga develops basic understanding of movement & in particular weight-bearing & effective body control

Creative & Aesthetic

Development

  • Yoga uses the body as a medium of expression & develops aesthetic understanding through movement

Health-related fitness

  • Yoga promotes good posture

  • Yoga practice encourages children to appreciate the benefits of relaxation

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Wellbeing

Children will be strong psychologically & socially

 

  • Yoga sessions encourage children to work within a group in a clam & respectful atmosphere

  • Yoga teachers help to model & encourage exercise

Children will be as healthy & as fit as they can be

  • Yoga sessions, by their very nature, address bodily control and movement skills in ways that can enhance children’s physical development

  • elements of yoga may be used throughout the day to promote physical activity

Children will be creative 

  • Yoga introduces children to relaxation strategies, for example asking children to concentrate on breathing & inviting them to listen to a piece of music

Children will have positive outlooks on learning & life

  • Regular yoga sessions can assist children to physically & mentally challenge themselves

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