DSY offer support to schools who are introducing Wellbeing into classrooms.
Wellbeing Programme Second level Schools
Provider information: The Dublin School of Yoga has provided modules in Wellbeing, including Mindfulness, Yoga and Meditation for students of Transition Year since 2008. All elements of the programme have been delivered with a student-centred approach and in a crosscurricular manner, working with other teaching staff members at Ardscoil. The Dublin School of Yoga welcomes the new initiative afforded by the Wellbeing Programme and includes here its proposal to participate in providing suitable modules/activities for the students in Ardscoil.
Aims and objectives:
The Wellbeing programme designed by the Dublin School of Yoga aims to provide a safe space in which to develop the physical and mental/emotional health and wellness of students. It is intended as an aid to education and as a support for the curriculum rather than a stand-alone module, in order to create a sense of harmony within the whole school environment.
The programme is all-inclusive, accommodating students of all needs, both physical requirements and specialised learning needs and staff have experience of working within all-inclusive learning environments.
The main aim of the programme is to increase and improve the student’s ability to learn. Modules aim to develop:
• attention, concentration and memory • improve listening skills • improve focus • bring students into the present moment – the most basic requirement for learning • create awareness of learning strengths and opportunities • promote inclusiveness and tolerance • ease anxiety and tension (working especially on performance & pre-test jitters) • promote groupwork skills.
Modules further focus on whole person well being elements, looking to:
• keep young bodies’ supple and strong – improving posture, writing muscles & ability to sit comfortably. • improve confidence and gain respect for oneself and others (leading to better social interactions, supporting anti-bullying education) • gain understanding of, and ability to integrate wellness concepts such as healthy eating, positive thinking and having gratitude, which ultimately support the health of the whole child. • encourage regular guided reflection, encouraging students to increase self awareness.
Students will undergo continuous assessment and will be assessed on their engagement with the programme at each session. A reflective diary will also feature as an element of reporting for students. Each participant will work on a weekly reflection as part of the programme and diaries will include an online element. Reporting by the module providers will be achieved in the form of a comment on the student’s engagement and progress in achieving the goals of the programme.
Wellbeing Programme Content Wellbeing in the Classroom Programme for Students of ASR: Includes the following practices: POSTURES … simple postures to stimulate the body’s vital energies. They also learn how to develop an upright spine that is more conducive to learning and more comfortable for the student in the classroom. These postures have been modified to suit the seated position. BREATHING… breathing exercises that demonstrate how to use the breath effectively, economically and efficiently; calming the nervous system. Students learn how to use the breath to help them to strengthen their focus on the topic they are engaging with in the classroom. RELAXATION… simple relaxation techniques that can be applied in the classroom, based on the systematic practice of Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra is a wonderful therapeutic deep practice during which students learn how to relax properly and fully. It involves lying on the floor covered by a cosy blanket and following instructions. It helps to lower stress levels by allowing deep rooted tensions to surface and leave. A Sankalpa (resolve) is encouraged during the practice which develops willpower. CONCENTRATION… to improve mental health, we use Dharana techniques that concentrate the mental energies to one pointedness which develops a more focused, calm relaxed mind that is more open to learning. This also provides a firm foundation for better self-esteem and self-worth.
The above practices are taught in the following combinations: Posture Awareness Class: the main focus will be on postures and breathing techniques, followed by a short relaxation and some concentration techniques …. – energizing body and mind. And / or Relaxation Awareness Class: the main focus is a 30min Yoga Nidra (relaxation) session, which is preceded by some postures, breathing and followed by some concentration techniques, – a deeper therapeutic practice.
The Dublin school of Yoga is a member of the British Wheel of Yoga and is fully accredited and insured. All teachers are highly qualified and details of their CPD can be given on request.