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Yobbos Do Yoga

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Yesterday I shared a picture book called “Yobbos Do Yoga’ by Phillip Gwynne and Andrew Joyner  with a year 2 class.
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It is the story of a little girl and her dad, who have ‘yobbos’ move in next door (for non-Australians, yobbos are usually young men, generally uncouth, prone to swearing and constant use of Aussie vernacular. A Yobbo is a heavy drinker, who places mateship above all else and lives for those wild memorable moments that are unforgettable.)

And the dad is a lover of peace and calm, and spends his day doing different yoga poses, so he is not pleased to have new neighbours. But Tubby, Ferret and King Wally Kahuna turn out to be very decent blokes,enjoying loud parties and music but including everyone and  are also willing to lend a hand and try out new things eg yoga!

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Last year, when my colleague and I were considering what integrated units the library could support and complement during library classes, the year 2 unit of Healthy Living came up. The classroom focus is very much on healthy eating and exercising and we saw an obvious gap to us,  as there was no discussion about a healthy mind and ways to keep it healthy. So, in our limited class time with them, (45 minutes once a fortnight), I have begun to introduce the idea of a healthy mind and encouraging them to think about how something like meditation (of which yoga is a form)  can help to train the mind to be healthy and calm and positive, not re-hashing old and self- limiting ideas.

It is an area I would be interested in getting some training in as, for myself, doing a short meditation each morning before I get up, helps me set the tone for the day ahead…being one of calm and being able to observe those recurring thought patterns that don’t help me.

I have a teacher resource called ‘Meditation Capsules – A Mindfulness Program for Children’ by Janet Etty-Leal.She has done extensive work at Geelong Grammar , as well as other schools, as their ‘meditation’ consultant (2009) , pioneering well being for student’s through Positive Education. As my school has identified well-being for students and staff as being a priority for 2015 and beyond, this course and way of thinking of meditation as a life skill, fits in very well.

So I feel things aligning for me to delve deeper into teaching meditation to children.

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Mindfulness and Meditation in the primary classroom

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This is something I am really interested for me and the students – I wonder what effect it would have if your class practiced how to be mindful on a daily basis?

I have some resources to share, some I am re-sharing from a colleague at school, who shared them with the whole staff this week. (thanks Matt!)

Check them out if you are willing to try something new or revisit this way of being……

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Smiling Minds –    What is Smiling Mind? Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It is a unique web and App-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives.

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magical adventures             enchanted med2               positive penguins              super stretch

Magical Adventures  –  $2.99  – meditation ideally suited to 4-7 year olds.

Enchanted Meditations for kids 1 – $2.99 – 4 enchanted audio tracks – Jellyfish relaxation; an underwater dolphin ride; rainbow relaxation; the magic rainbow – 3-9 year olds

Positive Penguins – Free – helps children to understand how their feeling arise and to challenge negative feelings before they get out of control.

SuperStretch – Free –  yoga app for kids, the adventure of Super Stretch. In a story format with Super Stretch introducing you to his friends and their yoga poses.

Guided Meditation pdfs

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Namaste to you all.