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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.

How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?

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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Ways in which I can keep the children focused and calm.

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Photo of Ayman Hanafi
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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
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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.

Photo of Christopher Rannefors
Team

Hi Sam,

Your idea has inspired our team to craft a specific game for our platform called "Kid Yoga" where kids can try different forms of physical activity in the mornings, and share their own ideas for what stretches or poses they like the best.

Would love to get your feedback on our idea in general, we are working on refining it over the next three weeks:

http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/ideas/the-play-portal/

We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Photo of Sam Graham
Team

This is an amazing idea, its an honour to be able to inspire people from my own idea to come up with further ideas. This game looks very interesting to say the least.

Photo of Alexander Tuck
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Think its a very nice idea.
The yoga in the morning is a great way to wake students up and get them ready for a day of learning at school. Furthermore the activity keeps the pupils active and there are possibilities that they then may take part in similar activities out of school as a hobby. The pupils will become noticeably better at the activities, showing that they are creatively learning.

Photo of Sam Graham
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Thanks alex, I was wondering whether or not to have further yoga classes for those students who are interested in yoga and would like to carry it on as a hobby.

Photo of Masheyat Chowdhury
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lovely idea, yoga is a great way to start your day, very relaxing and a fantastic way to bond with others! well done!

Photo of Ravi .
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Great Idea in terms of combining health and education and inspiring kids for their own good. Idea has huge potential of practical implementation in Schools.
In terms of keeping kids calm, I would say Yoga will itself help them to relax. What interesting here for me it should fill up kids with loads of buzzing energy which they will eventually use in creative activities and studies- Making a normal School day more interesting, Interacting and creating health awareness at an early age.
Have to say Again its a really good idea from the creative Physical Health education perspective.

Photo of David Crow
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Starting the day with exercise, especially calming, contemplative, and primarily self guided activities like yoga, weight training and hiking is something that's extremely simple yet greatly understated in it's importance, esp. for young students. Traditional PE tends to lack this kind of activity.

Reminds me of a great piece on 60 minutes that outlines the success of PE as an educational cornerstone:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57601857/a-school-driven-by-phys-ed/

Great ideas man.

Photo of Sam Graham
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Thanks for the encouragement. I was watching a documentary where on average in america children only get 45 minutes of physical education lessons and thats just not enough. This could be a more interesting alternative. Thats website is a very interesting read thanks for posting it!

Photo of Joselyn Gonzalez
Team

Great idea, I like how exercising is interwined with this idea. I feel like unless kids are involved in sports, they are not active enough.

Photo of Sam Graham
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Thanks for commenting, i really feel yoga can be a fun activity for all types of children

Photo of Odeshea John-phillip
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Great concept sam, yoga is a great way for children to be calm etc. you could look in more detail how this would effect the current school curriculum before it is a well known program. Look for loop holes in the school day to get your idea in the system. Good job :)

Photo of Sam Graham
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Thank you, Ive done a bit of yoga in the past when i was little it really helped me concentrate. Thanks for the comment :)

Photo of Sam Graham
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Thanks Tobias!
Thanks for commenting :)

Photo of Tobias Schreier
Team

I like the idea very much! Yoga combined with meditation each morning will lead the pupils to more creativity, since this has been practiced by Bauhaus students in the 1920s, too. And there we have seen one of the best examples for creative confidence! This can be easily integrated in the daily routine in schools and so the kids can follow more their own intuition instead of just focusing on set rules in school!

Photo of Sam Graham
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Thanks Taz, meditation is a great idea, would have a similar effect to the 10 minute individual yoga session towards the end but meditation is something different thanks for the suggestion!

Photo of Taz Fear
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I think this is a great idea!
Yoga really opens the mind, body and soul to all new experiences and I truly think as well as physical health benefits the mind would benifit too.
Perhaps introducing 10 minute meditation to end the yoga session would boost creativity even more as our minds can release from social worries and we can submerge into a deep dream of thought... just a thought! :)
Well done!