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YogaBears, Yoga & Mindfulness for primary years is now being taught in primary schools across the UK.
The UK government has acknowledged that mental health support for the younger generations are underfunded and under resourced.
The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) is an independent charity that champions and supports the use of effective early intervention to improve the lives of children, young people and their families, reduce hardship and improve value for money in the long run.
In Dec 2017 the EIF released a report titled Social & emotional learning: supporting children and young people’s mental health.
Here is a snap shot of this report;
In 2004 (the last national prevalence survey), nearly 10 per cent of all children and young people aged between 5 and 16 in England and Wales had a diagnosable mental health disorder.
In 2016, 90 per cent of secondary school headteachers reported that they had seen an increase in rates of mental health problems such as anxiety and depression among their pupils over the previous five years.
The Children’s Society’s latest research into children’s wellbeing shows that children are less happy than they were in 2010.
A National Study of Health and Wellbeing (a survey of 9,500 children and young people, conducted by NatCen and ONS on behalf of NHS Digital) is currently underway and expected to report in 2018. The results will give us a more up-to-date picture of the mental health of children and young people.
Poor mental health in childhood is associated with a number of negative outcomes in later life, including poorer educational attainment and employment prospects.
Mental health problems in young people can result in lower educational attainment (for example, children with conduct disorder are twice as likely as other children to leave school with no qualifications) and are strongly associated with behaviours that pose a risk to their health, such as smoking, drug and alcohol abuse and risky sexual behaviour
Focused on Wellness
YogaBears is now being taught in over 168 schools across the UK.
Our School offering varies from Self Esteem Workshops to Training for Teachers.
Here's a bit more info.
Self Esteem Workshop
The aim of the workshop is to encourage self-belief within the class. We will learn about self-confidence and take the children on a journey uncovering their perceived selves and any self-criticism that they may have. We hear only too often children saying, 'I'm bad at spelling' or 'I'm rubbish at sports day' during this workshop we will seek to change the children's self-criticism into positivity in-sighting true self-belief!
The Workshop will consist both of physical practice via yoga postures and breathing techniques as-well as mindful activities such as making self-esteem building blocks and so on.
The workshop will last for 90mins.
If you would like more information including prices and availability get in touch below.
Please note that any travel that is over 100miles from Liverpool will carry a small surcharge.
The children will all leave the workshop with something to take home such as a positive affirmation about themselves.
We can also leave the class Teacher with a small activity that the children will have completed, for them to do in the future, to really build on the foundations and progress made during the 90mins.
Schools Training on Yoga & Mindfulness
At YogaBears we have been training individuals to become Yoga Teachers for over 6 years. Throughout our training we have met many wonderful people and a large majority of these people where school teachers.
In 2016 we realised that our core training could be better for these individuals, as the mainstream training covered areas that the school teachers would not need. In October 2017 we ran our first school training in Spain with the International School of Sotogrande.
Since then we have employed an Educational Coordinator whom has helped us put together the course taking into account the changing school environment, curriculum and environmental factors.
Our School Programme can be delivered as a one day or twilight course.
It is designed for up to 10 teachers and more can be added if needed.
The programme provides a full spectrum of how to deliver yoga and mindfulness sessions in the class room and during PE sessions. We provide yoga and mindfulness class plans for each week of the school term. You will receive a breathing booklet full of breath excercises for different ages and for different purposes. We provide a Mindful Box full of self calming tools for children and teachers to use. Classroom yoga and mindful breaks sessions and also a booklet of meditations that can be provided by audio if needed.
Finally the school will receive a set of seven YogaBears Teddy Bears that have their seven superpowers of Happiness, Friendship, Strength,Love, Truth, Dreams and Freedom and the mindful activities that can come with them.
Post course you will receive quarterly updated information that will include new techniques, new class plans etc and an elected school representative can become part of our teaching community speaking with existing teachers for support or ideas when needed.
The cost is a one off fee of £750 and would mean that your school would be fully resourced to provide yoga and mindfulness without seeking outside support and the costs associated with doing so.
We do also provide the option for teachers to join our mainstream programme which is a 4 day intensive course. The next course is April 15th-18th the normal fee for this course to individuals is £892 however we offer it at a reduced rate of £450 for school teachers.
Schools Provision by Elly
Hey Guys. It’s Elly!
Hey, guys welcome to my YogaBears school teachers blog. I’m really excited to be writing this monthly blog and giving you an insight into my life as a YogaBears teacher in schools. So how did my journey begin? I have worked with children since the tender age of 16 I have worked in lots of different settings including managing nurseries, children’s centres and teaching in a school. Now I know I’m getting on a bit I’m 38 and times change things advance and move forward however where in the curriculum does it teach children to be calm and how to cope with the fast-paced, achievement-based society we live in?
Teachers honestly don’t have the time to add this to the daily lessons I know this first hand and believe me the pressure is on more than ever for both teachers and children.
I have three children of my own Ben 14, Jack 8 and Olivia 1 and as a mum, I see the differences and things such as social media and technology has on this generation. Although there are many positive aspects of social media the negative effects on children and adolescents are also numerous. Social networking has altered childhood dramatically in the past decade and is becoming an increasing concern. Research suggests that going online makes children more likely to make negative social comparisons with others.
I remember talking to a child at school one day she was only in year 2 and was so upset and stressed about her upcoming SATS exams, I did all I could to reassure her but she had got herself really worked up and I remember feeling helpless. This for me was my turning point I didn’t want to add to the pressure but I wanted to help children to be able to feel more relaxed able to focus and have the skills to self-calm when needed. I searched for things I could do to help for some time but nothing really jumped out on me but then I looked a little closer to home and yoga/mindfulness had helped me so much when I had lost my dad I don’t want to sound dramatic but it changed my life so much and in a way saved me.
I thought finding a course would be the easy part I wanted to be sure I found the best course I could so I did a lot of research and wanted the right course content to fit in with a school environment I found YogaBears and have never looked back. I had a clear vision of what I wanted to do and that was to bring Yoga into as many schools as possible across the city.
After I completed my training I brought YogaBears into the school I was teaching in and It was then that I discovered my true love, and it marked the path I would take becoming a full-time YogaBears teacher. Working closely with Estelle the creator of YogaBears and Vicky the studio manager and collating all our individual skills we have developed the school programme even further one which I have tried and tested and know works so well. I had a lot of contacts in the school services that I had made throughout my career and with months of hard work, endless meetings I have begun my journey as a full-time Yoga teacher and I have never felt so happy and blessed to be doing a job I love and that makes a difference to children today and adults of the future.
Yoga and mindfulness can transform children’s experience of school. I work with schools to provide bespoke classes tailored to the needs of teachers and children . Yoga focuses on the individual physical and mental development of the child. Movements are age appropriate and provide opportunities for children to manage their thoughts and breathing techniques. Practising yoga from an early age gives children the skills to deal with the everyday pressures of today’s society. This provides a non-competitive environment for children to grow in confidence and self-esteem.
Keep posted for my blogs of how a week in the life as the school YogaBears teacher really is feedback from teachers and children the highs (definitely more highs) and lows nothing will go unturned.
Any questions drop me a message I’ll be happy to answer but for now, I’m off to do some Christmas shopping.
Much love Elly