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Yoga

We have two practitioners within Nursery who are qualified yoga instructors.

Yoga sessions take place every week and all children are encouraged to take part, but it is voluntary.

Yoga sessions focus around songs, rhymes and stories which are age appropriate.

‘There are good opportunities for children to learn about healthy lifestyles’ Ofsted Dec 09.

 

Examples of how yoga links with the Early Years Foundation Stage

Personal, social and emotional

  • Learn that experiences can be shared.
  • Begin to develop self confidence and a belief in themselves.
  • Have a positive approach to activities and events.
  • Develop confidence in own abilities.


Communication, Language and Literacy

  • Understand simple sentences.
  • Are able to respond to simple requests and grasp meaning from context.
  • Listen to and enjoy rhythmic patterns in rhymes and stories.
  • Respond to words and interactive rhymes, such as ‘Clap Hands’.


Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

  • Respond to people and objects in their environment.
  • Develop an awareness of number names through their enjoyment of action rhymes and songs that relate to their experience of numbers.
  • Enjoy finding their nose, eyes or tummy as part of naming games.


Knowledge and Understanding of the World

  • Learn by observation about actions and their effects.
  • Anticipate repeated sounds, sights and actions.
  • Concentrate intently on faces and enjoy interaction.
  • Enjoy imaginative and role-play with peers.


Physical Development

  • Make movements with arms and legs which gradually become more controlled.
  • Gradually gain control of their whole bodies and are becoming aware of how to negotiate the space and objects around them.
  • Respond to rhythm, music and story by means of gesture and movement.
  • Manage body to create intended movements.
  • Show respect for other children’s personal space when playing among them.
  • Recognise the importance of keeping healthy, and those things which contribute to this.
  • Put together a sequence of actions

Yoga lion and cobra pose
Creative Development

  • Express themselves through physical action and sound.
  • Explore and experience using a range of senses and movement.
  • Develop a repertoire of actions by putting a sequence of movements together.
  • Play cooperatively as part of a group to act out a narrative.


Yoga Health Benefits (6 months – 2 yrs)

  • Postures work to develop strength; flexibility; stability; balance; poise; co-ordination; spatial awareness; strengthen the immune system and keep the internal systems of the body healthy.
  • Stretches the chest enabling deeper breathing.
  • Develops balance, helping sitting, crawling and walking.
  • Stimulates internal systems and keeps organs healthy.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Helps prevent and relieve colic and constipation.
  • Helps promote peaceful sleep.
  • Facilitates positive play, learning and interaction with others.


Yoga Health Benefits (2 – 5 yrs)

  • Postures work to develop strength; flexibility; stability; balance; poise; co-ordination; spatial awareness; strengthen the immune system and keep the internal systems of the body healthy.
  • Breathing exercises enhance lung capacity and balance energy levels.
  • Relaxation techniques create greater clarity; in particular memory retention and improve sleep patterns.
  • Vocalisation techniques and postures release anxieties and dissipate nervous energy.
  • Concentration exercises improve focus.
  • Enhances creativity, imagination, improves self expression and self confidence.
  • Develops the whole human being, the whole personality, the whole child and not just the body.
  • Balances both hemispheres of the brain and their associated functions i.e. the left hemispheres (linear, logical and intellectual) and the right hemisphere (artistic, creative and intuitive)
  • Helps promote peaceful sleep.
  • Supports other sporting and physical activities and is a valuable aid to preventing injuries.
  • Develops self respect and respect for others.
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