yoga for exams
make time to 'pause for breath'...
'A relaxed mind is ready to learn...'
Whether you are a teenager about to sit your GCSE'S or 'A' Levels or a Year 6 student going through SATS testing, exams are stressful experiences.
This stress can manifest in several ways, from anxiety to physical symptoms such as stomach aches, digestive problems, back or neck pain. It's important that both parents and schools find ways to support young people's wellbeing during this time of intense pressure. Yoga has been proven to help students deal with their stress effectively in a number of ways...
It provides a much needed pause and break from intensive studying, allowing students to let go of tension, rest and relax their minds.
Yoga postures and sequences can also help get the blood flowing, refreshing and energising the body and brain so that students return to their lessons with a clear and sharp mind.
Practising yoga regularly improves focus and concentration, skills that can be applied to other areas of learning.
Through practising yoga regularly, students can learn techniques to calm themselves down when feeling overwhelmed and anxious.
Studying for exams involves a lot of sitting at desks, hunched over books or computers. Practising yoga keeps the body moving, releasing any physical tension and tightness that has developed in the body particularly in the neck and shoulders. Releasing physical tension can also help with letting go of mental tension.
Deep breathing techniques used in yoga can help rebalance the brain. The deeper you breath, the more oxygen you take into your brain, the more efficiently your brain can work!
Exams can create a competitive environment amongst students, yoga sessions can provide a much needed non competitive space where students feel valued for who they are without the pressure of grades, levels and assessments.
'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.' Wajid (Year 6 student)
What can red tree yoga offer to your school, university or college?
Red Tree Yoga provides the 'pause for breath' project for primary, secondary, college and university students who are preparing for exams.
The full 'pause for breath' project includes:
- Regularly weekly yoga sessions prior to exams and tests, over a 3 or 6 week period, focussing on yoga postures and breathing exercises that reduce stress and anxiety and improve focus and concentration.
- A training session with teachers to explore simple breathing and desk based yoga techniques that can be integrated into everyday classroom teaching.
- A training session with interested parents on how to use simple postures and breathing techniques at home with children.
red tree yoga is always open to discussing and designing a bespoke yoga project for your school or educational institution that fits your specific needs and context.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07930 822265 for further details.
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