Yoga has many benefits including increased focus, coordination and balance in addition to greater inner peace and calm for children (and adults!). Presently, academic curriculum is increasing in difficulty while physical education is being cut from our budgets. We are asking our little one's to make their brains work harder and not offering their bodies the support necessary to get the brain's work done. Let's change this by putting yoga in schools. Yoga is ideal for school environments because it is non competitive, easily adaptable and everyone wins just by participating. Providing small and regular yoga breaks at school like the one at this link ( http://full-moon-yoga.com/2013/01/09/january-25th-2013-is-national-yoga-... ) would help ALL children succeed academically.
Yoga would also help to tackle the problem we are experiencing in the United States of violence in schools. Many who have experienced yoga have felt the inner peace and strength that comes from just one hour or this non competitive exercise. Providing our children yoga at school would not only help them academically, it would help to tackle peace and calm in our school system from inside each child, helping them feel happy, less stressed and healthy because they have exercised. No amount of policing will ever protect us from violence entirely. By looking within we tackle the real root of the problem and increase our ability to prevent violence in our schools sustainably and lastingly.
I am a volunteer yoga teacher, I teach at my son's school because I love yoga and I want to help with the focus, fitness, peace and calm at school. I am planning on doing a short recess sequence on the 25th that is described here.