Are you thinking about bringing teen yoga classes to your secondary school? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:

 

What is a Teen Yoga & Mindfulness class like?

Our classes are fun! They are a place to unwind, recharge and learn new skills.

We begin with some mindfulness to relax your mind and body. After warming up and preparing our body with stretches, we move into some flowing sequences. We will spend time exploring different postures throughout the class including backbends, forward bends, twists, inversions (that’s headstand and shoulder stands) and balances. Sometimes we will also work on poses with a partner. Each class includes different elements and offers modifications in poses aimed at supporting and challenging students to explore their individual limits. At the end of the class we will leave time for relaxation and some mindfulness meditation.

 

Is this suitable for beginners?

Yes. Yoga is for everybody. Teens don’t need to be familiar with yoga or particularly flexible to start.

Classes are designed to meet a wide range of needs and abilities, allowing newcomers to learn in their own time and challenging those familiar with yoga or physical activities. When we explore postures we offer modifications and a step-by-step approach that allows students of all levels to keep engaged. We encourage students to listen to their bodies, and support them in checking in what feels right for their body. Yoga is not a competition. Over time and with repetition, flexibility and strength tends to grow as well as the ability to keep the mind focussed on holding poses for a little longer.

 

Do you use a Lesson Plan or Themes?

Most courses follow a natural progression.

We start with basic alignment and body awareness and increase the understanding and complexity of the practice and postures gradually. If you have specific requirements we can discuss a lesson plan that works towards your aim. Some examples:

  • Body-awareness
  • Building confidence
  • Introduction to Mindfulness

 

What Space and Equipment do we need?

Classes can be held in the gym or any room with enough free, clean floor space.

Some schools have thick blue Gym mats that can be used. Alternatively we would ask for you to provide yoga mats for the pupils. We can point you to suppliers if needed. Most students wear their PE kit or a yoga outfit that they are allowed to bring. Some poses are difficult to achieve in short school skirts and make girls feel uncomfortable. Most schools allow girls to wear black leggings. If girls prefer to wear a headscarf that’s no problem.

 

Do you offer a Free Trial Class?

Yes! We are happy to come for a Free Taster Class for your pupils and interested teachers.

This class gives you the chance to meet us, discuss specific requirements, and let the pupils find out if they would like to take yoga at school. It also helps us to suggest a program that would best benefits your pupils and works within your time frame.

 

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[blockquote cite=”CM, English Teacher, Secondary School Kilburn”]Having practised yoga myself for a few years, I thought it would be something the girls would enjoy and that it would also aid them in relaxing and gaining perspective. The girls are hard-working and motivated but often succumb to the pressures of exams and homework. They are not the sort of girls who balance their work with real relaxation time and they get anxious easily.

Yoga has had a huge impact on them. They feel that once a week they are allowed this time to themselves to gain some perspective, do some physical exercise and to reflect on where they are in that moment. When they leave a session they often say they feel revived, calm and more confident that they will complete their work more effectively.

The sessions are fun, light-hearted and always geared to their personal needs that day. What’s lovely is that they have built a close bond with each other, despite not all knowing each other from the beginning, and they have built a relationship with the members of staff who are lucky enough to take part.

As teenagers from a deprived area, opportunities like this are not readily available to them and this has been in invaluable introduction for them. It is something that many of them will continue to take part in at school or take up at university.[/blockquote]

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