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Teaching Yoga for Life

Teaching Yoga for Life

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    Through Teaching Yoga for Life: Preparing Children and Teens for Healthy, Balanced Living, you can

    - help kids become more confident and self-directed,

    - use a holistic approach to enrich students' lives, and

    - guide kids to manage stress more effectively.

    Yoga is gaining popularity in schools and community programs for good reason: It provides an antidote to our fast-paced, technology-based society in which we never stop to relax, dig deeper, and learn more about ourselves and the world around us.

    Through Teaching Yoga for Life: Preparing Children and Teens for Healthy, Balanced Living, you can employ a simple, safe, and pragmatic method for yoga instruction even if you've never taught it before. The clear, step-by-step directions and ample illustrations make it easy for you to present each of the activities, lessons, and 52 poses included in the book.

    These lessons are based on a holistic approach that focuses on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of yoga. The book introduces basic yoga philosophy in simplified take-home messages that help students live better lives. It also explains how yoga can enrich students' health and why it should be a vital part of their lives. Yoga students commonly

    - improve their self-awareness and emotional intelligence;

    - enhance their abilities to focus and concentrate;

    - develop greater cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility; and

    - learn how to handle stress (particularly helpful for kids with learning, behavioral, or social and economic challenges).

    This visual and user-friendly book is based on applied research and evidence from piloted programs, and it applies the pedagogical standards of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. The book supplies lessons and unit plans, and you'll learn all about the basic physical poses, breathing techniques, play, visualizations, and relaxation methods. You'll also discover how to teach yoga effectively and learn the science and movement principles behind yoga.

    Teaching yoga can help you create a safe and relaxed atmosphere for students. You can use a multiple-intelligence approach to engage all of your students, particularly those who don't enjoy traditional sport-based activities. Yoga requires little or no equipment and can be adapted to anyone's needs. It helps people slow down and discover, or rediscover, who they are. Best of all, anyone can do it. With the expert guidance and practical approach of this text, yoga can revitalize your classroom and your students.


    Reference for physical educators from K through 12 and for recreation and youth leaders. Also a reference for classroom teachers and afterschool program leaders.

    Table of Contents

    Activity Finder
    Pose Index

    Chapter 1. Why Our Students Need Yoga
    Whole-Child Learning
    Benefits of Yoga for School-Aged Children

    Chapter 2. Yoga for Healthy, Balanced Living
    Defining Yoga
    Eight Branches for a Meaningful, Purposeful Life

    Chapter 3. Teaching Effective Yoga Classes
    Components of the Yoga Class
    Teaching Techniques for Yoga
    Constructing Creative Yoga Experiences

    Chapter 4. Scientific and Movement Principles of Yoga
    Anatomy and Physiology of Breath
    Anatomy and Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System
    Science of Flexibility
    Building a Healthy and Strong Spine
    Teaching Yoga Poses

    Chapter 5. Yoga Lesson and Unit Plans
    Yoga Lesson Plan
    Sample Lesson Plans
    Indoor Recess Yoga
    Yoga Unit Plan
    Yoga Lesson and Unit Plans for Special Groups

    Chapter 6. Breathing and Relaxation Exercises
    Transitions Into Yoga Practice
    Part 1: Beginning the Yoga Class—Breathing Exercises
    Part 2: The Gift of Relaxation

    Chapter 7. Warm-Up, Active, and Cool-Down Poses
    Part 1: Warm Up and Wake Up
    Part 2: Standing Poses
    Part 3: Moving Yoga
    Part 4: Balancing Poses
    Part 5: Active Floor Poses
    Part 6: Cool-Down Poses

    Chapter 8. Infusing Themes Into Yoga Classes
    Yoga Games
    Yoga Stations
    Self-Image and Yoga
    Healthy Lifestyle and Yoga
    Interpersonal Relationships and Yoga
    Creative Problem Solving and Yoga
    Global Awareness and Yoga
    Academic Areas and Yoga

    References and Resources
    About the Author

    About the Author

    Nanette E. Tummers, EdD, is an associate professor of health and physical education at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic. She has been teaching human movement, including yoga, for 30 years. She has taught yoga to various populations, including older adults, students in afterschool programs for obese adolescents and girls at risk, women in recovery, mentally challenged adults, and athletes.

    Dr. Tummers is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has been a peer reviewer of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy and the Journal of Health Education.