School – Workshops & Classes
PRIMARY SCHOOL PROGRAMME
School classes are scheduled within the school timetable or as an afterschool activity.
Weekly classes bring children through a range of creative practices to build their personal awareness of themselves, how they feel, how there body is, how it moves and their interaction with others around them.
Each class begins with guided Yoga movements, followed by dance improvisation where the children are encouraged to express how they feel through their dance or tell a story through their body movement.
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.
The 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 sensitive to their body.
SECONDARY SCHOOL PROGRAMME
Day workshops include segments focused on- confidence, stress management, healthy body image and mental health.
Students learn to better manage exam pressure and through life coaching processes become better equipped to make career/college choices true to them and their ambitions.
Workshops are customised to school and student needs.
- sustain their energy,
- make clear decisions,
- develop emotional intelligence,
- recognise and manage stress
- inspire themselves towards personal ambitions
- develop greater self awareness
Secondary School: Wellbeing Workshop Information Sheet
Full information is in this PDF link below which you can download and share with your PTA or school principal:
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!