Yoga and Meditation for Educators: Be a Great Teacher, Be Your Best Self

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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 already taken basic or intermediate yoga 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 of introducing children and teens to yoga and meditation techniques.

Concept by: Federica Di Bartolomeo

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 schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction & intro to Yoga

  • 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;
  • 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 activities

  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

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Reviews about this course

The course trainer was extremely patient,
kind, knowledgeable, flexible, understanding,
and had an excellent grasp of English. I enjoyed
networking with like-minded teachers across the continent. The yoga and mindfulness were wonderful and peaceful after a very stressful
year and term. I enjoyed the theory too and the blend of group work to bond with the other participants. I’m eager to start my next Erasmus.
I would highly recommend it.

Miriam Judge

Ireland

Thanks’ for the possibility to participate in Europass Teacher Academy courses. It was my second course. The organization and activities were wonderful, even in this pandemic period. Respect and regards! I would want to
participate in other courses from Europass Teacher Academy.

Giedre Motiejuite

Lithuania

It was my first Erasmus experience but it was an amazing one. I particularly appreciated the welcoming staff of Florence Europass Teacher Academy. Barbara was a great instructor! It was a real pleasure to discover mindfulness and Yoga practices with such a nice teacher.

Anita Besson

France
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