2“Yoga creates S P A C E between your FEELINGS and BEHAVIOR to make healthy choices.” Robin Appell
3Benefits of Yoga Yoga is non-competitive Yoga requires staying present, developing focus and concentration.Yoga is practical, low-cost preventative medicine.Yoga creates balance, integration, flexibility and quiet.Yoga expands and enriches awareness and the experience of our inner life.Yoga is not an intellectual process; it is experiential and social.Medical science identifies self-awareness and the ability to self-care as two key factors in maintaining a lifetime of health and wellness.
4Yoga Tools for Teachers The intention of Yoga Tools for Teachers is to nourish, balance and support the TEACHER and STUDENT. Although it seems to be taking time away from “getting things done,” it actually supports achieving one’s desired goals by releasing tension and stress that obstruct optimal learning.Yoga tools help transform the teacher’s inner state from: chaos to calm, frustration to finesse, tired to energized, tense to relaxed, or distracted to focused in just a few minutes.If the teacher is “being” calm, alert and focused, this elicits the same states in their students (“Positive Behavior Modeling”).
5Yoga Tools for Teachers All Yoga Tools are designed for the classroom, requires no extra equipment and take 5-15 minutes.Yoga Tools are proven behavior-and classroom-management techniques that enable the students to focus, concentrate and fully participate in the learning process.Yoga Tools work best as a continuing practice, and part of the daily routine.
6Yoga Ed. Tools for Teachers Addresses the Challenges Teachers Face Obesity rates at are at an all time high.ADD/ADHD diagnosis rates are increasing among youth.Increased rates of stress, decreasing attention spans, levels of concentration and social skills are becoming more problematic.Academic achievement in public schools is at new lows.Incidences of bullying and violence in schools are increasing.
7Yoga Ed. Tools for Teachers Address the Challenges Children Face Children are emotionally and physiologically stressed, over-stimulated and adversely affected by toxins in food, the environment and the media.Stress=Disease; it threatens our health, damages our bodies, and inhibits our ability to learn and grow. Body movement and breath are the best antidotes.If interested in research supporting yoga’s impact on children and children with ADD/ADHD, please see me.
8The Science of YogaScientific research on the neuro-physiology of yoga demonstrates that it is truly the “world’s oldest and most perfect form of exercise.” (Gessner Geyer)Yoga has demonstrable efficacy in reducing stress, achieving emotional balance, developing focus and enhancing cognition.Yoga improves cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, endocrine and nervous system health.
9The Science of YogaWhen the fight-or-flight response is activated the body produces adrenalin and cortisol which cause the heart rate to speed up, the breath to become shallow, the eye muscles to expand, a tightening of lower back and neck, etc.Yoga Tools de-stress and bring the body-mind back to a safe, and open state where learning is possible.Yoga breathing and moving dissipates the physiological consequences of the stress response in the body.
10The Science of YogaYoga and play stimulate the secretion of dopamine and DHEA igniting joy (feel good hormones that improve mood).Visualization slows brain waves, allowing the nervous system to recharge and integrate the activity between both brain hemispheres of the brain When done on a regular basis, Yoga Tools bring greater harmony and ease to the learning environment and process for teachers and students, by giving the mind-body system what it needs to perform more optimally.
11Four Yoga Tools for Teachers BreathingYogaTime-InGames
12Breathing-”Yoga and Breath are One.” The ability to breathe fully and deeply builds strength, healthy, presence, calm and focus. The more you fuel the brain and body with oxygen, the better it functions.Knowing how to use one’s breath to shift one’s mental and physical state is a valuable life skill that lays the foundation for personal health and responsibility.Conscious breathing brings us into balance and an awareness of ourselves, giving us the opportunity to slow down, center and make behavioral choices from a non-reactive, reflective, integrated place.
13Yoga-”Unity of Mind, Body and Breath.” Yoga postures activate full body-mind coordination, waking up the whole brain and stimulating every system in the body.Yoga postures help develop: awareness, strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and focus.Yoga postures are fun and non-competitive.Yoga can be done almost anywhere, with no equipment, and even in your chair!
14Time-InTime-In refers to the time spent with an internal rather than an external focus.Time-In is the first step to awareness and conscious action.Time-In can be done sitting up, or lying down, in silence, listening to a visualization, or soothing music, or while just breathing.Time-In relaxes the body; restores and balances the nervous system; connects one’s to one’s thoughts and feelings; develops awareness and non-reactivity; cultivates creativity and the use of inner resources; promotes harmony and communication.Brain waves automatically slow down.Time-Out can be replaced with Time-In as a way to support self-discipline and personal responsibility.Time-In encourages kids to practice personal responsibility by giving them a chance to breathe, feel and release whatever feelings are bothering them. Then, they can re-center, make an inner attitude adjustment and return to the class ready to participate.
15Games Play-”Nature’s biological plan for learning.” Games can be used as warm-ups, rewards, energizers, organizers or just plain fun.
16Yoga Ed. Manual Time Breath Game Yoga Time-In 1.Morning Balloon SighingAppreciationNatureWake-UpI’m a RainbowSpecial Place2.TransitionsBearHummingEnergy BallsEagle WisdomYogi BendersTransitionInner MountainAnimal FriendInner Advisor3.TestingSoundingAlternate NostrilM-B RestoreFly Like a ButterflyStop the RockChairCreate AffirmationWatch Self on Television4.CompletionBunnyElephantWash-TapJam SessionPass the SqueezeCircle of FriendsEnd of DayMusic ImageryGratitudeGuiding Star
17Good Morning Come Together, Be Alert, Energized, Grounded and Peaceful Wake Up YogaMountainBlown PalmWaterfallHalf Sun SaluteRag DollTreeWarrior SeriesTriangleDownward Facing DogDragonFrogStarTwisting Star/WindmillFolding StarBreathingBalloon BreathHissing (Snake Breath)Time InI’m a RainbowSpecial PlaceGames/ExerciseAll Good Things(Positive intentions)Receiving Love and LightNature Game
18Transitions Helps to maximize the benefits of break times between subjects and minimize time spent settling back into learning.BreathingBear BreathHumming BreathTime-InInner MountainAnimal FriendInner AdvisorGamesEnergy BallsEagle Wisdom PoseBack to MountainYogi BendersYogaRockCatDown DogDragonRagdollMountainHalf Sun SaluteWarrior I and IIExtended AngleTree
19Testing “To feel centered is to experience one’s psychological center of gravity-a solid integration of mind and body. Knowing how to feel centered is as important to young people as knowing how to read, write and brush the teeth.” Dr. Gay HendricksBreathingSounding BreathAlternate Nostril BreathTime InCreate Your Own AffirmationWatching Yourself On TVMuscle Test Experiment for Positive and Negative ThinkingGamesEye StretchesBrain MassageFly Like a ButterflyDrink WaterStop the Rock GameYoga in Your ChairHead and Neck StretchesChair TwistForward BendArching BackCamelBlown PalmPuppy Dog holding back of ChairCrescent holding back of chairStanding RiverStanding Pigeon
20Completion Yoga Tools to seal in your learning and leave in a balanced, healthy state. BreathingBunny BreathElephant BreathTime-InListening to MusicAwakening Gratitude to HashemGuiding StarGamesWashing Out-Tapping InJazzy JamPass the SqueezeCircle of FriendsYoga to End the DaySitting TwistRiverRocking HorseBridgeHug Knees into ChestLying TwistConstructive RestYoga at Your DeskRag DollTwisting StarFrogMountainStanding SharkWarriorYoga HopsDown DogTwisting DragonCandle
21You are now Yoga Educated! Mazal Tov Teachers,You are now Yoga Educated!