Skills for Life:

Learning positive self-care tools educates and empowers young adults to proactively manage their physical and mental health, develop emotional intelligence and motivates their progress towards their goals and ambitions.

We are constantly challenged by complexities and pressures associated to the fast-paced lifestyle that surrounds us. We are ‘switched on’ and accessible in a multitude of ways that places demands on our attention, time and health. There is increased need to learn practical skills to support our health, relationships and to manage overload, stress and anxiety.

With schools expected to timetable a minimum of 300 hours of wellbeing from September 2017 to May/ June 2018 and 400 hours by 2020, schools can benefit from the resources of facilitators specialised in Wellbeing for Children.

Healing Yoga offers a programme called Creative Wellbeing to children at Primary and Secondary level.

Creative Wellbeing is a dynamic and interactive way of learning about wellbeing through play, movement, dance, sound and art.

It has three core modules-

Physical Wellbeing:

Yoga, Somatic Movement, Postural Alignment, Stress & Tension Release, Expressive Dance

Mental- Emotional Wellbeing:

Meditation, Mindful Self Compassion, Yoga Nidra, Breath-work, Focusing Techniques, Creativity for Health

Self-Awareness:

Personal Values, Needs, Decision-Making, Recognition of Fears & Ambitions, Goals

Programme Details

Workshops engage all aspects of the child’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing through interactive exercises, games, creative tasks and personal reflection.

Workshops include:

  • Movement: Yoga, Dance, Games
  • Body Awareness: Posture & Tension Release
  • Skill practice: Expression, Communication, Relaxation, Listening, Concentration, Motivation, Stress Management, Self Care
  • Personal Understanding: Self- Awareness, Resilience and Self Compassion
  • Group work and Self Reflection exercises

“All change starts with an awareness of who I am and    what I need.”

Students will learn skills that will have a positive and lasting impact on their school and adult life.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Self Awareness
  • Understanding of the indicators of stress
  • Personal Care and Active Wellbeing
  • Confidence in Decision-Making
  • Emotional and Social intelligence
  • Self Motivation and Resilience
  • Daily Practice based on their Needs

Outline of workshop programme:

Junior, Senior infants classes:

Expressive Movement through music and imagery, Yoga with storytelling, Breathing exercises to calm,  Visualisation/ Relaxation, Body Scan.

1st and 2nd classes:                   

Movement and Yoga sequences to release nervous tension/ anxiety to encourage expression and confidence in moving, Breathing exercises to calm and energise the mind, Mindfulness meditation (technique with focus on sound, sensation and space).

3rd and 4th classes:                         

Yoga, Flow sequence for daily practice to waken the body and brain, Mindful Walk, Techniques to improve focus (Brain Gym), What is Stress?, Breath work to calm, to energise and to destress.

5th and 6th classes:                             

Yoga to encourage self-awareness, Mindfulness, Breath-work, Focusing technique: a partner exercise practicing active listening, self-expression that explores the mind-body connection, Techniques to deal with an over-active mind, difficulty sleeping, how to support positive mindset in low times, compassion for self and others.

For SEN children:                            

Creative expression through dance, breathing practices with gentle sound work that creates relaxation and helps in stressful situations, mindfulness,  self-care and compassion practices.

Each class will be customised to the age group, attention-span and specific needs of the class group as advised by their teacher.

For the teaching staff:

Yoga, Somatic Movement, Breathing practices, Meditation to calm the mind and body.

Explanation throughout of the benefits behind each practice and how to apply them to the classroom and to different student’s needs.

Parents Session: 

Discussion with practical demonstration of how to encourage body-awareness and present moment attention in busy, device-heavy daily life; the importance of expression to release anxiety/ tension /emotion and the importance of authentic dialogue based on body-based techniques to encourage self-confidence and support decision-making.          

 

Schedule-

Wellbeing days are based on facilitating workshops during school hours (9-2:30pm)

1 day may consist of 8 workshops of 30-60mins duration depending on the age group of the students.

The number of days depends on the number of classes in the school and students per workshop.

For further details on pricing and timetable examples please contact laura@healingyoga.ie or call 087-9633229.

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMME

School classes are scheduled within the school timetable throughout a term/ school year.

Weekly classes bring children through a range of creative practices to build their personal awareness of themselves, how they feel, how they relate to their body and how they engage with others through the group and partner work activities.

Classes tailor to the age of each group- for the younger students- a class may begin with guided yoga movements, followed by storytelling through dance.

They learn about different qualities of experience through guided movement practices and creative games where they explore characteristics such as strength, confidence, sensitivity, friendship, support and trust. Children develop active listening skills, emotional intelligence, empathy, personal understanding and patience.

Children learn different meditation and breathing techniques to restore balance and calm in their bodies. These tools empower the children to check how they are feeling and use techniques they have learnt to help themselves calm-down, relieve any worries or busy thoughts, go to sleep more easily or to be more patient with their teachers, friends and family.

At the end of the class there is a guided relaxation where each child sits or lies down with a cushion and blanket relaxing their minds and bodies to allow them to rest, absorb new learning, calm their nervous system and become more aware of their body.

Click here to download- Primary School_ Creative Wellbeing Programme

Got a question? Please email Laura@healingyoga.ie or phone 087-963322

7th November, 2017.Arts Council Next Generation of artists at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Couunty Monaghan.Pictured is dancer Laura Dowdall.Photo:Barry Cronin/www.barrycronin.com 087-9598549 info@barrycronin.com

Creative Facilitator & Coach

Laura Sarah Dowdall is a wellbeing expert working one to one, in group and workshop settings, she offers an integrated practice that combines her skills in dance, yoga, meditation, bio-energetic energy work, reiki and life coaching to create an enriching whole body experience.

“Yoga, mindfulness and meditation can be just the antidote to the go-go, technology-saturated lives in which children are immersed. Dowdall aims to empower them with techniques that they can use in decision-making and in recognising and coping with different emotions.”

– Extract from Irish Times Article in the Family and Health Supplement, September 2017.

For an extract from the IRISH TIMES Health Supplement on September 4th mentioning Healing Yoga’s Workshops for Schools with an interview with Laura: Click here!

http://www.healingyoga.ie/mindful-antidotes-in-tech-filled-world-irish-times-mention-healing-yoga/