Yoga for Schools
Carol enjoys leading yoga and mindfulness sessions in schools and planning with teachers to integrate yoga into units of learning and curricula areas for a series of lessons or a stand-alone lesson. As an educator within a collaborative school in the E.S.F. she has led innovations for helping teachers develop a range of wellness practices. The benefits of yoga for schools cover the full spectrum of life as a human being: By focusing students’ attention on the physical postures and the body, they become a vehicle for learning about oneself emotionally and mentally; breathing practices slow us down and therefore enhance this growing awareness; social activities engender understanding and empathy for oneself and others. This leads to a balanced and a happier young person with a greater appreciation of life.
The wisdom that comes from many years of teaching enables Carol to respond to the diverse range of experiences and perspectives of her students, so that each session facilitates developmentally appropriate growth of self-awareness and of others. Colleagues often requested her to lead mindfulness sessions, which resulted in the groups consisting of up to 30 - 90 children, and her yoga classes were so popular they were capped at 30 students.
Having taught many students whose native language is one other than English, Carol will happily lead sessions to simultaneously develop children’s understanding of English. As a class teacher in an inclusive school, her yoga and mindfulness classes naturally included students with individual needs and she is particularly experienced in modifying yoga practice to enhance sensory integration.
Carol also leads C.P.D. sessions for staff, to give them an insight into the benefits and the skills involved in teaching mindfulness and yoga to children.
I love yoga because it’s my favourite after school activity.
I really like all the movements we make.
Sometimes they are hard,
but I get such a GREAT feeling
when I manage to do it.