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Morning yoga classes!

Yoga gives you an overall sense of relaxation and well being. Combining physical, fun activities with yoga for children, without the side effects of excitement will enable their body and brain to be more relaxed and free flowing.

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The main point of the classes are to enable the children to have a more creative and productive day through relaxation techniques. The sessions will last an hour in the morning and will count as the first class of the day for each child. The schedule for the day will be set out into three different activities. 
The first activity will be to play 2 yoga based games for instance, Yoga Jenga, a game based on jenga but each block pulled out will have a yoga stance that the child has to preform to stay in the game. This first activity is to get the child involved in the class.
The second activity is to encourage groups to combine their bodies to make shapes (e.g. a train or an octopus) and hold the position for 45 seconds. There will be a total of 6 shapes combining in 4 and a half minutes of stretching a relaxing.
The final activity will be a follow on 5 minute session in which the children sit and perform yoga individually. These activities will calm and relax the children to prepare them for their day.
To follow on from these morning yoga classes, there will be additional after school classes in which the children can mix their yoga skills with after school activities. These school activities will include-
  • Ballet
  • Ceramics
  • Painting/ finger painting/ foot painting
  • Music, choir, band practice (e.g. yoga would be incorporated through dance)
  • Book making, comic drawing
  • Puppet making
  • Balloon decorating
  • Mask making
Introducing at least two different school clubs a day for the children to choose from will increase the children's creative confidence and stem them into being more creative young adults.

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The classes will be used at the beginning of the day. All students will be acquired to attend, much like any other lesson. The aim for the specialized yoga teacher is to put all of the children into relaxed and creative frames of minds.

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Once put into place into some schools across Britain, the teachers and schools will see the difference in their students mood and behaviour. Once they begin to realise this other schools will adapt these classes as techniques to help their students learn throughout their day.

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Photo of Ayman Hanafi

Great idea Sam. It is a great idea getting children to exercise before lessons begin. It calms and relaxes them to meet daily challenges. Getting other cultures to join in would be a great creative confidence boost for children learning the language and gaining confidence. Good luck with this idea, it should catch on with advertising.

Photo of Sam Graham

good idea about how getting other cultures involved would boost their confidence. maybe a workshop with a variety of cultures would be a good way to boost confidence. Thanks a lot! I will take that into account.

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