Yoga

We have three practitioners who are qualified yoga instructors. They lead short yoga sessions for all children in Nursery. These sessions  are based around songs/rhymes and narratives which are age appropriate and link into the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. These sessions promote physical activity and confidence building.

How yoga links to the Early Years Foundation Stage

Communication and Language

Listening & Attention

  • Listens to and enjoys rhythmic patterns in rhymes and stories
  • Shows interest in play with sounds, songs and rhymes
  • Joins in with repeated refrains and anticipates key events and phrases in rhymes and stories
  • Is able to follow directions (if not intently focused on own choice of activity)

Understanding

  • Understands simple sentences
  • Able to follow a story without pictures or props

 Speaking

  • Copies familiar expressions
  • Introduces a story line or narrative into their play

Physical

Moving and Handling

  • Experiments with different ways of moving
  • Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements

Health and Self-care

  • Observes the effects of activity on their bodies
  • Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise and talk about ways to keep healthy

Literacy

Reading

  • Joins in with repeated refrains and anticipates key events and phrases in rhymes and stories

Expressive Arts and Design

Using Media and Materials

  • Begins to move to music, listen to or join in rhymes or songs
  • Beginning to move rhythmically

Being Imaginative

  • Expresses self through physical action and sound
  • Developing preferences for forms of expression
  • Initiates new combinations of movement and gesture in order to express and respond to feelings, ideas and experiences

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.