Yoga At Dunkirk
At Dunkirk Primary, we offer regular weekly yoga sessions to most children in Reception classes.
Children in other year groups will also experience yoga as part of special projects that happen throughout the year. This includes the ‘Yoga for SATs’ program which offers Year 6 pupils weekly yoga sessions in the weeks prior to their SATs exams.
Yoga sessions at Dunkirk are led by Parmjit Sagoo, a fully qualified yoga teacher for both children and adults.
Why do we do yoga at school?
Children benefit greatly from a regular yoga practice. Yoga has many positive effects on children’s physical, emotional and mental wellbeing including:
Improving focus and concentration.
Developing flexibility and balance
Strengthening and toning muscles
Increasing body awareness
Building inner strength and self confidence
Helping children deal with anxiety and stress
Supporting children in feeling calmer and more relaxed
Unlocking children’s imagination and creativity
Encouraging children to be kind, patient and caring
What do the children say about doing yoga ?
'I get angry very easily and yoga calms me down. It also gives my brain a rest so that when I go back into class I can think more clearly. My maths is always better when I have done some yoga.' (Year 6 pupil)
'When I come into yoga I feel hyper and over-excited. While we are doing all the movements I can feel myself calming down. By the end, I feel relaxed and really calm.' (Year 6 pupil)
‘Yoga helps me feel calm and peaceful. I like it when we lie down with the blankets!’ (Reception pupil)
If you would like to learn more about yoga for children and adults, please visit Miss.Parmjit's yoga website. www.redtreeyoga.co.uk
Latest yoga news at Dunkirk
Autumn Woodland Wanders with Willow Class
It's the first term of the academic year and Willow class have made a great start with their weekly yoga sessions. We have been exploring the change of season from Summer to Autumn, looking at how the world transforms as we move from one season to another. We have been on imaginary woodland wanders, thinking about what happens to the woods during Autumn. Using yoga postures, we have explored leaves falling from the trees, the movement of the wind and the feeling of leaves crunching under your feet. Our yoga movements have included being leaves that are whirling, spinning and rolling, all these movements are excellent for helping children develop balance and body awareness. We have also begun to explore how to relax in yoga, using calm breathing and different resting postures.....and cosy yoga blankets!!