What is Yoga?

Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophical traditions. There is a broad variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

Benefits of Yoga

There are many benefits for participants in yoga. These include:

Improve flexibility, strength, and posture.
Daily yoga practice will help stretch and tone your body muscles. Popular poses like plank will simultaneously work on strengthening your arms, legs, shoulders and abdominals. You don't have to be super flexible to practice yoga, the beauty of yoga is that it can be practiced at all levels of ability.

Improve overall fitness.
There are a variety of yoga styles that can be used to improve your overall fitness that include fast and hot yoga.

Breath better.
Practicing your breathing and learning to breathe more effectively is all part of the yoga philosophy.

Become more mindful.
Yoga develops your skills of focus and allows you to concentrate on yourself and become aware of your feelings and emotions.

Kids Yoga Programs Proactivity

Proactivity Yoga Programs align with the Victorian Curriculum

In a 4-week Proactivity Yoga program, the students will be focusing and developing their physical, mental, emotional, and psychological health. The student-centered Yoga programs will be closely linked to the curriculum and across many areas. We delve into real-life experiences and scenarios that they may experience in their day-to-day lives and give them strategies and coping mechanisms to use in times of stress, worry, sadness, anger, and fear. This allows the students to be aware of how their feelings can shape their thoughts, and how their thoughts can shape their actions. In each new week, we revisit the previous week and the new week brings a new focus and a new learning intention and theme of the class.

In this 4 week program we delve into the following:

  • Emotional regulation for their feelings, emotions, and thoughts
  • Breath techniques to support their emotions and productivity
  • Journal prompts and activities
  • Easy to understand meditation techniques
  • Positive affirmations, which create metaphysical changes in the brain
  • Relaxation techniques to help them come into a state of calm, peace, and focus
  • The physical movement of yoga shapes which could improve posture, sleep issues, stress
  • Bring them into their parasympathetic nervous system for rest and digest during relaxation, meditation, and breathwork
  • Allow the students to feel empowered by getting them to reflect, ask questions and provide reflection to the group
  • Take home tasks or things they can do to improve their mental and physical wellbeing

Curriculum links and program details

Primary School

Curriculum Links

Foundation

Moving the body
Practise fundamental movement skills and movement sequences using different body parts and in response to stimuli in indoor, outdoor and aquatic settings.

Participate in games with and without equipment.

Learning through movement
Use trial and error to test solutions to movement challenges.

Years 1 & 2

Moving the body
Construct and perform imaginative and original movement sequences in response to stimuli.

Understanding movement
Discuss the body’s reactions to participating in physical activities. Incorporate elements of effort, space, time, objects and people in performing simple movement sequences.

Learning through movement
Propose a range of alternatives and test their effectiveness when solving movement challenges.

Learning Objectives Learning Activities

Week 1

  • Students will learn the difference between inhale and exhale
  • Students will learn to hold postures in stillness
  • Students will create animal shapes
  • Students will move through small sequence with the shapes learnt
  • Students will create yoga shapes in rhythm to music
  • Students will perform high energy yoga shapes.
  • Create animal shapes
  • Practise balancing
  • Practise a breathing technique of simple inhale and exhale
  • Practise holding the breath
  • Create a small sequence with the shapes learnt in a fun dancing way
  • Hold shapes in stillness - meditative way and make it like a game
  • Relaxation, savasana, guided visualisation

Week 2

  • Students will recap last week and remind and ask them what they have learned
  • Students will practise breathing techniques
  • Students will perform basic guided meditation
  • Students will learn about a basic, fun flow incorporating shapes and breath
  • Show 10 new shapes in a fun way with music
  • Practise holding postures in stillness
  • Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing)
  • A gentle guided meditation with using positivity, gratitude or visualisation
  • Bumble Bee - Sound and breath creating internal resonance
  • Fun Flow, connecting to their bodies and their breath when moving
  • Going from high energy to soft energy - emotional regulation
  • Balancing postures working on coordination
  • Learning to move quickly then pause and do breath work or meditation
  • Relaxation, savasana, guided visualisation

Week 3

  • Students will learn to take a simple meditation
  • Students will improve their balance and coordination
  • Students will learn about different anatomical bones, muscles etc
  • Students will practise breathing techniques
  • Practise breathing techniques
  • Practise meditation
  • Fun and engaging warm up shapes
  • Practise lying still holding their heart and stomach and connect to themselves
  • Move through yoga flows connection to breath
  • Learn how to relax their breath and nervous system when stressed, anxious etc
  • Balancing in shapes and connect to their coordination
  • Meditation and box breath
  • Relaxation and savasana

Week 4

  • Students will recap all of the last three weeks and discuss what we have learnt
  • Students will practise all the skills they have learnt thus far
  • Students will reflect and determine what has helped them
  • Students will apply learning to everyday life
  • Gratitude time
  • Discuss what they are good at or what makes them special and their learnings
  • Move through a different yoga flow while emphasising breath (inhale,exhale)
  • Ask students what yoga shapes they remember and create together (student focused)
  • A longer meditation - counting back or up and remaining still
  • A new breath work
  • Relaxation, savasana, guided visualisation

Curriculum Links

Years 3 & 4

Moving the body
Perform movement sequences which link fundamental movement skills.
Practise and apply movement concepts and strategies.

Understanding movement
Examine the benefits of physical activity and physical fitness to health and wellbeing.

Combine the elements of effort, space, time, objects and people when performing movement sequences.

Learning through movement
Adopt inclusive practices when participating in physical activities.

Years 5 & 6

Moving the body
Practise specialised movement skills and apply them in different movement situations in indoor, outdoor and aquatic settings.

Understanding movement
Participate in physical activities designed to enhance fitness, and discuss the impact of regular participation on health and wellbeing.

Manipulate and modify the elements of effort, space, time, objects and people to perform movement sequences.

Learning through movement
Participate positively in groups and teams by encouraging others and negotiating roles and responsibilities.

Learning Objectives Learning Activities

Week 1

  • Students will practise positive affirmations
  • Students will learn how to effectively meditate
  • Students will practise movement with shapes and flow
  • Students will practise breath work
  • Nadi shodhana alternate nostril breathing
  • Moving bodies in a fun way, by moving freely to release energy
  • Practise and show students positive affirmations. For example: I love myself unconditionally, I’m at peace with myself and everyone around me, I’m a good person and I’m kind to all beings…
  • Repeat out loud with students or write it down
  • Flow connection to inhale and exhale
  • Simple meditation together sitting and give them counting back strategy, start with 20 seconds, go up to 1 minute and more
  • Deep stretches, can do yin yoga for older group and group who is able to focus and be still
  • Seated meditation
  • Visualization technique in savasana

Week 2

  • Students will practise positive affirmations
  • Students will learn how to meditate
  • Students will practise movement with shapes and flow
  • Students will build an understanding of how to respond in everyday life situations
  • Students will practise breath work
  • Nadi shodhana alternate nostril breathing, bumble breath too
  • Moving their bodies in a fun way , by moving freely to release any energy
  • Lie on the back and do a simple breath work
  • Practise and show them positive affirmations. For example: I love myself unconditionally, I’m at peace with myself and everyone around me, I’m a good person and I’m kind to all beings…
  • Repeat out loud with students or in their mind or write it down can ask them to create their own
  • Take them through a flow connection to inhale and exhale show them how to breathe effectively though flow
  • Learn a new meditation technique and explain how they can do this before bed etc…
  • Learn how to effectively use breath in everyday life situations, for example before a grand final, test, when angry or sad…. give them box breath
  • Relaxation: Stretch, unwind and savasana

Week 3

  • Students will practise and learn how to release stress, sadness etc while connecting to their emotions/ feelings
  • Students will be able to learn how to practise positive affirmations
  • Students will learn about deep stretches - can do yin yoga depending on the group and age etc for 15 mins
  • Students will learn how to effectively meditate
  • Practise and show them positive affirmations. For example: I love myself unconditionally, I’m at peace with myself and everyone around me, I’m a good person and I’m kind to all beings…
  • Practising and learning how to release stress, sadness etc while connecting to their emotions/ feelings I let go of… sadness, worry fear etc - do this when they are lying down
  • Practise all the different breath works
  • Practise effective meditation for them to take away and use in everyday life
  • Practise emotional regulation, stop notice and observe your bodies responses and emotions and how to act differently
  • Learn a new stronger flow and practise yin yoga or deep stretches
  • Practise meditating standing up - tadasana mountain pose
  • Ask students for feedback - like responses into how they feel, emotions etc
  • Relax, unwind in savasana

Week 4

  • Students will recap and reflect on skills learnt thus far.
  • Students will perform deep stretches and understand the benefits of this - can do yin yoga depending on the group and age etc for 15 mins
  • Students will learn how to flow, rest and unwind
  • Practise and show them positive affirmations. For example: I love myself unconditionally, I’m at peace with myself and everyone around me, I’m a good person and I’m kind to all beings…
  • Practising and learning how to release stress, sadness etc while connecting to their emotions/ feelings I let go of… sadness, worry fear etc - do this when they are lying down
  • Practise breath work whilst in meditation
  • Practise effective meditation for them to take away and use in everyday life
  • Practise emotional regulation, stop notice and observe your bodies responses and emotions and how to act differently while under stress
  • Learn a new stronger flow and practise yin yoga or deep stretches
  • Ask students for feedback - like responses into how they feel, emotions etc
  • Relax, unwind in savasana

Secondary School

Curriculum Links

Years 7 & 8

Moving the body
Use feedback to improve body control and coordination when performing specialised movement skills.

Compose and perform movement sequences for specific purposes in a variety of contexts.

Practise, apply and transfer movement concepts and strategies.

Understanding movement
Participate in physical activities that develop health-related and skill-related fitness components.

Demonstrate and explain how the elements of effort, space, time, objects and people can enhance performance.

Learning through movement
Practise and apply personal and social skills when undertaking a range of roles in physical activities.

Years 9 & 10

Moving the body
Perform and refine specialised movement skills in challenging movement situations.

Develop, implement and evaluate movement concepts and strategies for successful outcomes.

Understanding movement
Analyse the impact of effort, space, time, objects and people when composing and performing movement sequences.

Learning through movement
Transfer understanding from previous movement experiences to create solutions to movement challenges.

Learning Objectives Learning Activities

Week 1

  • Students will learn how to meditate in stillness while counting back
  • Students will learn positive affirmations
  • Students will learn how to flow simply with breath and practise yin yoga
  • Students will learn how to release anger and stress in a calming way
  • Students will learn breath work
  • Students will learn simple anatomy
  • Students will learn how to effectively meditate in stillness while counting back
  • Students will say and repeat in their mind positive affirmations and can do this outloud
  • Students will flow with breath work while mentioning simple anatomy Surya A x2 and Surya B
  • Students will practise box breath and explaining to them retention of the breath
  • Students will learn small elements of yin yoga and its importance
  • Students will also do nadi-shodhana alternate nostril breathing
  • Learn a simple release technique of letting go… “ I release stress and anger..” X5 times
  • OR how to release energy they have been holding onto

Week 2

  • Students will learn how to meditate in stillness focusing on breath
  • Students will learn positive affirmations and create their own daily gratitude routine
  • Students will learn a stronger flow sequence with breath and practise yin yoga
  • Students will learn how to release anger and stress in a calming way
  • Students will learn breath work
  • Students will learn simple anatomy
  • Students will learn how to effectively meditate in stillness while focusing on breath
  • Students will say and repeat in their mind positive affirmations and can do this outloud + create their own (need paper)
  • Flow with breath - while a connection to simple anatomy gets them to think of body parts working etc..
  • Learn stronger flow sequence while safely holding their bodies etc
  • Practised different breath techniques to help release stress etc
  • Help students learn how to release emotions bent up in their bodies by practising releasing techniques
  • Practise Yin Yoga mentioning anatomy while doing so explain this posture great for sleep , anxiety… (10+ mins)
  • Savasana - relaxation

Week 3

  • Students will learn how to meditate in stillness for 3+ minutes while focusing on positive words
  • Students will use positive affirmations and create their own and keep
  • Students will flow and practise yin yoga
  • Students will learn how to release anger and stress in a calming way
  • Students will learn breath work
  • Students will learn simple anatomy
  • Students will learn how to effectively meditate in stillness while focusing on positive words: I’m happy, my mind is calm, I’m at peace… or whatever you wish to say
  • Students will say and repeat in their mind positive affirmations and can do this outloud and create their own (need paper) and to use everyday explain importance
  • Flow with breath - while a connection to simple anatomy gets them to think of body parts working etc..
  • Learn stronger flow sequence while safely holding their bodies etc
  • Practised different breath techniques to help release stress etc
  • Help students learn how to release emotions bent up in their bodies by practising releasing techniques
  • Practise Yin Yoga mentioning anatomy while doing so explain this posture great for sleep , anxiety… (20+ mins)
  • Take them through Yoga Nidra + savasana

Week 4

  • Students will be able to learn how to effectively meditate in stillness and pick their favourite technique
  • Students will learn how to switch their thinking to positive with affirmations in everyday life
  • Students will use their breath in everyday life scenarios
  • Students will learn how to release anger, stress and anxiety in a calming way
  • Students will build knowledge on human anatomy
  • Students will practise Yin Yoga
  • Students will learn how to effectively meditate in stillness while focusing on their favourite technique, breath, counting back, positive words etc… 5 minutes can be broken up and can go longer depending on their age and attention span
  • Explaining to students how to switch their negative thinking to positive with a simple technique of letting go in that moment, saying the words I can change my thinking right now. Use breath and meditation during this to keep their attention inwards
  • Learn and understand anatomy from yoga flows
  • Learn how different organs are affected during yin yoga
  • Savasana + meditation
  • Student reflection + recap

Capabilities: Personal & Social

Self-Awareness and Management

  • This strand involves students in identifying and describing the factors that influence their emotional responses.
  • Students develop the knowledge and skills to regulate, manage and monitor their emotions.
  • They develop a realistic sense of their personal strengths and have a realistic assessment of their own achievements and a sense of self-knowledge and self-confidence.
  • They identify personal characteristics and interpret their own emotional states, needs and perspectives.
  • Students develop skills to work independently and to show initiative, learning to be conscientious, delaying gratification and persevering in the face of setbacks and frustrations.

Social Awareness and Management

  • This strand involves students recognising others’ feelings and knowing how and when to assist others.
  • Students learn to show respect for and understand others’ perspectives, emotional states and needs.
  • They learn to participate in positive, safe and respectful relationships, defining and accepting individual and group roles and responsibilities.
  • Students gain an understanding of the role of advocacy in contemporary society and build their capacity to critique societal constructs and forms of discrimination.
  • This strand involves students interacting effectively and respectfully with a range of adults and peers.
  • Students learn to negotiate with others; work in teams, positively contribute to groups and collaboratively make decisions; develop leadership skills, resolve conflict and reach positive outcomes.
  • Students develop the ability to initiate and manage successful personal relationships.

Contact our team today and discuss with our team the needs of your students and school. We can adapt our programs to suit the many different environments of schools.

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