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Yoga and Meditation for Educators: be a Great Teacher, be your Best Self

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Concept by: Federica di Bartolomeo

Description

This course aims to familiarize educators with Yoga practice as a powerful tool for handling stress, improving their teaching skills and increasing their physical, mental and emotional health. While it is suitable for absolute beginners, it is also meant to be enjoyable for those who have been already taking yoga basics/ low intermediate classes.

By experiencing different yoga styles and thus several poses, breathing and meditation techniques, throughout the course participants, will learn how these practices can enhance their ability to maintain a favorable climate in their school community and support resilience in and out of the classroom.

Teachers will be also provided with the latest scientific evidence about the benefits of Mind-body interventions, especially in school environments. Finally, a part of the course will be dedicated to the best practices introducing children and teens to yoga and meditation techniques.

Learning Outcomes

The course will help the participants to:

  • Prevent the effects of stress in educators and develop healthy strategies of dealing with the daily work demand;
  • Foster participants ability to relax;
  • Learn the best practices to improve student’s emotional balance, through practical and experiential activities which can be adapted to any classroom;
  • Favor students’ search for self-awareness and identity and thus to promote changes in brain areas associated with attention and decision-making;
  • Learn about recent research findings in Education.

Tentative description

As teachers you have experienced both the rewards and challenges that teaching offers, however,  extra challenges have been added over the years, more admin, lack of student respect and increasing workload have probably led to stress, burnout and wondering why you are still in the profession!

Day 1 – Course introduction & Intro to yoga

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities.
  • Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building.
  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations.

Intro to yoga

  • Learning easy yoga exercises you can do on your own- anywhere, anytime 
  • Yoga – an overview 
  • Effects of stress in educational environments 
  • Discussion and group activities
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – Start your day off right

  • Gentle yoga sequence to start your day off the right way 
  • The science of yoga: what research has proven and why it matters to you and your school discussion and group activities 
  • Exercises for achieving deep relaxation

Day 3 – The science behind yoga

  • Gentle yoga sequence to start your day off the right way 
  • The science of yoga: what research has proven and why it matters to you and your school  (part II) 
  • Yoga postures: a basic sequence 
  • Guided meditation

Day 4 – Yoga and relaxation

  • Energizing Morning Yoga Routine 
  • Yoga and meditation in the classroom: best practices for children 
  • Breathing exercises 
  • Yoga postures: a basic sequence 
  • Guided meditation

Day 5 – Yoga for your students

  • Energizing Morning Yoga Routine 
  • Yoga and meditation in the classroom: best practices for teens Breathing exercises

Day 6 – Course closure & Cultural exercises

Course closure

  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;

Cultural exercises

Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Audience

  • Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Careers officers, educational guides and counsellors;
  • Headteachers;
  • Principals;
  • Managers of schools/organisations offering adult education.

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Specifics

  • Activities: All courses include at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usually on Saturday).
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Platform: Participants will enjoy free access to our e-learning platform.
  • Price: 480 €

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