Children at St Teresa’s Primary School, Southport have been learning the benefits of yoga during a programme of sessions delivered in School by KGV Progress Coach, Jane Gallagher.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 at St Teresa’s attended a four week programme of yoga classes to help them relax and unwind during the Summer term.
Jane said, “It has been a privilege to work with the children at St Teresa’s School and to share their joy and enthusiasm for life.
“Yoga is a wonderful tool for children as it challenges them physically, helping to improve strength and flexibility, while introducing a variety of breathing techniques and demonstrating the benefits of relaxation.
“Simple exercises such as playful breathing techniques can increase the amount of oxygen in the blood resulting in a more alert and focused mind.
“Yoga poses can also help relax the muscles, especially if children are spending long amounts of time hunched over their desks.”
At the end of the four week programme, the Children reflected on what they had enjoyed about the sessions and how Yoga makes them feel.
Chloe, who is aged six, said, “Yoga makes me feel grateful, still, happy and peaceful,” whilst Igor, aged seven, explained, “My favourite part of yoga is the Sun Dance because it feels like a real sun and it lights me up like sunshine.”
Amanda Wareham, Deputy Head Teacher at St Teresa’s, said, “The children thoroughly enjoyed the Yoga sessions which have had a positive impact on how children behave around the school.
“In Year 1, the Yoga lessons have helped children to develop listening skills, observational skills and improve their ability to follow instructions. Children now line up now in stick pose and lips closed!
“Thank you so much for coming to St Teresa’s School!”
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