That was the start of Room 15’s journey into yoga.
Through exploring the internet, Mrs Berger was able to select an online platform that was both suitable to this age group and one that was hopefully going to get their attention and encourage their participation in something new and potentially physically challenging for them.
It worked! From the very first few minutes, I observed the student in Room 15 closely watching and following the yoga instructor as they started to learn their first yoga poses. From the look of their excited faces, I could tell that these students were hooked. We started off easily, learning simple poses like our namaste starting position and the Cat-Cow.
As the students' skills increased we learned more complex poses, like the Downward Dog and Tree Pose.
Through participating in classroom yoga the students of Room 15 benefited in numerous ways. Their physical health improved by enhancing flexibility, strength, balance and coordination. It helped them expend energy on rainy days, stay active, and maintain physical fitness, which is crucial for overall health and crosscountry preparation.
As I had already witnessed, rainy days, especially for younger learners, can lead to feelings of restlessness. I noticed that after yoga Room 15 students' ability to focus and pay attention has improved.
Overtime, students have come to eagerly anticipate these yoga sessions, rain or shine. What began as a practical solution has now become a favoured routine for Room 15 students.
Overall, yoga offers Room 15 students a holistic approach to education that addresses their physical, mental, and social development needs while aligning with aspects of the New Zealand curriculum such as physical health and mental well being.
Our next step is to incorporate yoga into our everyday classroom routine.