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Why are Primary Teachers Integrating Yoga into Daily Activities and PE Lessons?

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Teaching and learning yoga in primary schools is proving to help children gain strength, flexibility, concentration, balance, self-esteem and social skills. Are these enough reasons to implement yoga in PE Lessons or as a daily classroom activity?

Yoga is a form of physical and mental exercise practised for centuries. From calming the mind to improving overall physical health, its benefits can be seen in children just as much as in adults. There are several advantages to introducing yoga to children in primary schools. Here are five reasons why learning yoga can be valuable for young learners:

Improved Physical Health
Yoga helps to improve flexibility, balance, strength and coordination, which can lead to better physical health in children. By practising yoga regularly, pupils can build a strong foundation for lifelong physical well-being.

Reduced Stress and Anxiety
Yoga has been shown to help reduce stress and anxiety in children. Learners can better manage their emotions and healthily cope with stress by learning breathing techniques and mindfulness practices.

Improved Focus and Concentration
Yoga can also help pupils in KS1 and KS2 improve their focus and concentration, which can be particularly helpful for academic success. By learning to quiet the mind and focus on the present moment, primary school children can improve their ability to concentrate on tasks and retain information.

Increased Self-esteem and Confidence
Practising yoga encourages children to build self-esteem and confidence as they develop a greater sense of self-awareness and learn to appreciate their own unique abilities and strengths.

Enhanced Social Skills
Yoga can support learners in developing important social skills, such as empathy, compassion and communication. By practising yoga in a group setting, pupils can learn to work together and support one another, positively impacting their relationships with others.

In conclusion, integrating yoga into the daily life of the primary classroom doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Simple and quick activities before lessons begin or during break time, like guided visualisations, breathing exercises and stretching, can help pupils learn how their bodies move while introducing them to relaxation techniques. There are child-friendly poses, such as sun salutations or tree poses, that educators can introduce during these times to get learners energised. Additionally, there’s the opportunity to take yoga further and incorporate it into weekly PE lessons.

Introducing yoga to primary school children can have many advantages, including improved physical health, reduced stress and anxiety, enriched focus and concentration, increased self-esteem and confidence, and enhanced social skills. Allowing pupils in KS1 and KS2 to access yoga will give them the tools to manage their emotions and develop healthy habits, which will help set them on a path toward lifelong health, success and happiness. Who knows? Maybe primary schools will start including in their delivery of the national curriculum.

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