Physical Connections to Learning
Instructor: Kathy Flaminio, LGSW, MSW, E-RYT-200
This course expands on 20 physical activities to safely develop strength, flexibility and health awareness for children. Using highly experiential activities, participants will develop ways to unite their classroom community through the Five Yoga Calm Principles (Stillness, Listening, Strength, Grounding and Community). Class includes detailed instruction in alignment, sequencing adaptations for diverse abilities, including special needs students. Participants will create Integrative Lesson Plans within small groupings by grade level and discipline that can be used in their work setting. No yoga experience necessary.
Participant Learning Objectives
- Learn how to successfully bring the benefits of mindfulness, yoga-based movement and social/emotional activities to classrooms/therapeutic settings
- Develop teacher best practices involving classroom behaviors, cognitive strategies, adaptations for specific populations, and applications for attention deficit hyperactivity, anxiety, depression and autism spectrum disorders
- Recognize, support and deepen physical and emotional health and well-being
- Analyze how the techniques and activities of Yoga Calm impact teaching/therapy and classroom/therapeutic practices as well as student achievement and health awareness
- Discuss the use of yoga-based movement as an intervention for populations with sensory integration challenges
- Experience elements of respiration, the diaphragm’s role in breathing and the impact on emotional regulation
This course is for school teachers, counselors, treatment center staff, yoga teachers,OT’s and other adults that work with children.
Prerequisite: Completion of Wellness 1–Introduction to Yoga Calm
12 Clock Hours available and/or Graduate Credit through St. Mary’s. Coursework also applies toward Yoga Calm Teacher Certification and qualifies for professional development credit. Certificate of training hours provided. For more information on Graduate Credit visit pdi.smumn.edu.