The safer way to re-introduce yoga back into schools, post covid-19 closures.
Schools are reopening tomorrow and it is so vital that they do.
However resilient kids are, they have had the brunt of COVID-19:
- Deprived them of half the academic year.
- Magnified existing education inequalities.
- Put children at risk beyond that associated with covid 19 transmission:
- Children rely on peer interactions to meet their educational and developmental needs.
- Affected their mental health.
- Deprived special children of the regular interaction and routines schools offer.
- Put kids at risk of domestic abuse.
The risk of infection is now significantly lower than the long term effect in their learning and development.
Extra curricular activities and yoga in the schools play a vital role in their development and their wellbeing (maybe more so) than just returning to school post covid-19.
Their well-being (quite rightly) is put at top of the curriculum by the governments at this stage, but return to the schools has to comply with a
– sᴛʀɪᴄᴛ ᴢᴇʀᴏ ᴛᴏʟᴇʀᴀɴᴄᴇ ᴛᴏ COVID⁻19 sʏᴍᴘᴛᴏᴍs and
– ᴀᴅʜᴇʀᴇɴᴄᴇ ᴛᴏ Tᴇsᴛ⁻ᴛʀᴀᴄᴋ⁻ᴛʀᴀᴄᴇ for kids, teachers and parents.
𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐞𝐬𝐭-𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤 & 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐞 system presents schools with a whole load of challenges, so in order to prevent community transmission kids will have to:
==> work in consistent groups (sometimes limited numbers)
==> groups will need to social distanced from other groups in the school, thence this means
- one way systems,
- staggered break, arrival and departure times
- no visitors and in some cases it also means
- no activities where the children mixed such as PE and yoga or afterschool clubs.
BUT there is another way to reintroduce yoga into schools!!!
𝚈𝙾𝙶𝙰 𝙸𝙽 𝚃𝙷𝙴 𝙲𝙻𝙰𝚂𝚂𝚁𝙾𝙾𝙼!!
Yoga has an essential role to play in the schools now more than ever.
Yoga can address physical inactivity, mental and social health, allow for the children to shift mindset and grow in courage and resilience through this pandemic.
Yoga will allow children to reconnect with their body, breath and of course with each other.
So in order for yoga to be reintroduced into schools we must work together with the schools and adhere to their guidance as closely & practically feasible and working within the classroom is one of the ways this can be done.
Y͟o͟g͟a͟ i͟n͟ t͟h͟e͟ c͟l͟a͟s͟s͟r͟o͟o͟m requires 𝐧𝐨 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐫𝐚 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞, 𝐧𝐨 𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐩𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐫 (𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐈 𝐬𝐚𝐲) 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞. Y͟o͟g͟a͟ i͟n͟ t͟h͟e͟ c͟l͟a͟s͟s͟r͟o͟o͟m is a chair based practice that reaps the same benefits are “regular” yoga classes, plus it can be done in the kids’ cohorts’ /groups / bubbles
Y͟o͟g͟a͟ i͟n͟ t͟h͟e͟ c͟l͟a͟s͟s͟r͟o͟o͟m is different to mindfulness. With a chair based yoga practice kids move, groove and have fun. Fun is in fact what makes yoga digestible to children. Like the sauce that makes veggies digestible to children. Because for yoga to work we have to do it and for kids to do it they have to engage and fun yoga activities help children engage.
Y͟o͟g͟a͟ i͟n͟ t͟h͟e͟ c͟l͟a͟s͟s͟r͟o͟o͟m is not just for this period but at any time! Especially for teachers that are looking for ways to introduce breaks in the classroom with real meaning and fun!
Y͟o͟g͟a͟ i͟n͟ t͟h͟e͟ c͟l͟a͟s͟s͟r͟o͟o͟m can create a relaxing environment for the children where they can be creative and productive.
Yoga in the classroom is the answer to bringing kids together in harmony post covid-19 and allowing them to fully engage in the practices of yoga and ultimately in the classroom!