Yoga is increasingly being used in classrooms across the U.S. to get kids to behave and perform better in school. Preliminary evidence suggests that yoga exercises help kids concentrate and focus in school (Koenig et al., 2012).
Below are four evidence-backed reasons why implementing Yoga Ed.’s Lesson Plan Components into a classroom may improve Academic Performance.
1. Yoga Breathing
Yoga breathing exercises increase students’ readiness to learn by increasing oxygen rich blood to the brain. Since the way we breathe affects how we feel, yoga breathing can also help reduce stress in the classroom.
2. Yoga Postures
Yoga poses can be a form of exercise. Research suggests that exercise creates more cells for the brain to remember and learn new information. Academic stimulation encourages these cells to integrate in the brain (Ratey, 2008).
3. Yoga Games
Yoga Games offer students a non-competitive way to experience joy in the classroom. Joy and pleasure activate the brain’s reward system. This results in greater flexibility in executive attention, which is associated with better working memory, behavior, decision-making, and judgment (Jensen, 2005). Students naturally associate these positive feelings with learning.
4. Yoga Relaxation
Yoga Relaxation increases readiness to learn by giving students the opportunity to let go of stress and anxiety.
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* Jensen, E. (2005). Teaching with the brain in mind (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
* Koenig, K., Buckley-Reen, A., & Garg, S. (2012). Efficacy of the Get Ready to Learn Yoga Program among children with autism spectrum disorders: A pretest-posttest control group design. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66(5), 538-546.
* Ratey, J., & Hagerman, E. (2008). Spark: The revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain. New York: Little, Brown.