Yoga in Schools: Services 

Preschool 

Ages: 2.5-5 yrs.

Types: Public, Private, Home, Day-Care Centers, Montessori 

Length: 20-30 minutes

Chair and/or Mat Based 

Description : Preschool yoga includes a mix song, dance, yoga poses, and breathing exercises to build upon fine and gross motor skills, improve strength, concentration, and balance, and provide an opportunity for students to strengthen peer relationships through communication and partner activities. Props are brought and used to enhance the class and provide visuals for students. Yoga mats are not required, however, a large rug for the students or individual mini rugs are recommended. Mats can be provided upon request. 

Elementary

Grades: K-5

Types: Public, Private, Charter, Montessori

Location: Classroom, Special Education Classroom, Small Group, Physical Education Classes, Health Classes, Before and/or After School, Assemblies 

Length: 20-60 minutes 

Chair and/or Mat Based 

Description:  Yoga in elementary school varies based on when and where the class is being offered or implemented. The yoga class can be tailored to focus on a specific unit the class is working on or can be used as a movement break during the school day. As for assemblies, the yoga class can be taught to facilitate the purpose of the assembly (Health and Fitness, Stress Management, Communication and Peer Building, etc.). 

Middle and High School 

Grades: 6-12

Types: Public, Private, Charter, Montessori, Alternative School

Location: Classroom, Special Education Classroom, Small Group, Physical Education Classes, Health Classes, Before and/or After School, Assemblies, Guidance Offices, Sports Teams, Clubs

Length: 20-60 minutes

Chair and/or Mat Based
 
Description:  Yoga in middle and high school varies based on where and when the class is being offered or implemented. The yoga class can be tailored to focus on a specific unit the class is working on or can be used as a movement break during the school day. As for assemblies, the yoga class can be taught to facilitate the agenda of the assembly (Health and Fitness, Stress Management, Preparation for College, Transitions, etc.). 

Chair Yoga 

Chair yoga is a form of yoga that uses a chair or desk as oppose to a yoga mat. This is a great option for schools because of time and space constraints. As oppose to spending time rearranging classrooms to spread out yoga mats, students can simply remain at their desks or tables and chairs and participate in the yoga practice. 

Mat Yoga 

Mat yoga is traditionally how yoga is practiced. Mats are spread out throughout the classroom, gym, field, or whereve the yoga class is being held. 

FAQ's: Yoga During the School Day

How long is/are yoga class(es)? 
Ideally, 30 minutes allows for the most effective yoga class during the school day. However, this time fluctuates anywhere between 15-60 minutes, depending upon time constraints teachers and schools have. 

Where does yoga take place?
Yoga classes can take place in the classroom while students are at their desks (chair yoga) and/or on a large rug. Yoga classes can also take place in the gym, auditorium, or any other large open space. 

Are the yoga classes taught in a session or one time only?
Yoga classes can be taught in a session or as a one time only event. Sessions can be tailored to fit the schools and teachers schedule. A 6-8 week session (one day per week) is ideal. Again, this fluctuates depending upon time constraints. 

The class or session starts as soon as possible. Two weeks notice is ideal and allows for affective planning and preparation. Again, start and end is dependent upon schools and teachers schedules and time constraints. 

Is the yoga teacher certified?
Yes! Sara Gottfried of Stretch Yourself Yoga is a 200-hr. Registered Yoga Teacher, a Children's Yoga Instructor, and CPR/AED Certified. Sara carries her own insruance and has specific training in yoga and mindfulness for schools and trauma-informed yoga for children. 

When does yoga take place?
Yoga can be done before and/or after school, during class time, recess, PE, or health class. In addition, yoga can take place during recess, be part of a club or sports team, or used as a "special" elective. 

How many students can participate?
As many students are in the class and/or as many students are in the assemly can participate. 

What is provided? 
Sara Gottfried of Stretch Yourself Yoga provides all the materials, props, and necessary tools to make the yoga class and/or session as affective as possible. The school and the teacher does not need to provide materials. 

What is the cost? 
Please inquire for pricing!  
Resources for funding may include, PTO, parents/guardians, fundraisers, and educational grants. 

Yoga Before and/or After School 

Many school districts offer before and after school programs for students. Yoga is an example of such a program. Before school, yoga is an effective way for students to transition into the school day and learn skills and exercies to increase focus and concentration and ease anxiety.  After school, yoga is an effective way for students to transition out of the school day and learn how to regulate emotions that may have bubbled up during the day, how to prepare for homework, and restful sleep. Essentially, yoga before or after school includes all the benefits that yoga provides for children. 
Sports Teams 

Yoga is a great compliment to the physical activity that sports teams are already engaging in. Classes can be used as a "filler" during off-season, help prepare for tryouts and big games, or simply used as a stretching component. In addition, yoga builds upon teamwork skills, communication, and peer relationships, all of which are important elements of a team. Yoga can enhance the dynamics of a team and promote a positive and safe environment for team members. 
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