Reach In, Reach Out: Tools for Kids & Teachers!
Awareness, Empowerment, & Connection
The problems facing our education system are growing and all too familiar. Obesity, attention deficit disorders, diabetes, violence, bullying, gun crimes, widening economic gaps, and mental health disorders and eating disorders. Our children and youth face more challenges and stressors in life, and as professionals working with children, we must provide them with the tools to face these growing obstacles in a healthy way so that we can increase academic success, physical fitness, behavior and self-esteem. When yoga is woven into the value system of a school, it can transform the entire community.
Beloved Yoga is proud to offer a program for the community of students and teachers at your school. “Reach In, Reach Out: Tools for Kids & Teachers” is based on science-based exploration of the body, mind and the self with the support of the exercise system of yoga to improve and enhance learning, health and personal responsibility. It is important to understand that yoga is not a religion and the program is not faith based. Yoga is the oldest form of mind- body exercise that integrates the mind, body and breath, developing physical health and mental clarity. The lessons support children in their intrinsic drive to acquire knowledge, skills and proficiency for active learning to take place. By developing self-awareness and self-confidence, the students and teachers will learn lifetime tools for wellness and problem solving in life- tools that we all need to for heath & well-being.
The program is comprised of six parts that can be implemented in stages:
1) Staff Training – On Site Training for Teachers
2) “Reach In Reach Out” Practices led by students or teacher in the classroom
3) After/Before School Enrichment Program – Accessibility #1 Priority
4) “Yoga Breaks”
4) Classroom Residency
5) Community Class & Education Program
A growing body of research indicates yoga for kids may be an effective strategy for proactively managing classroom behavior and efficiently boosting student learning and performance. As a former classroom teacher for children of all abilities and special needs in both public and private settings, I am a strong advocate of integrating yoga in the classroom. “Yoga breaks” in the classroom help kids refocus, prepare for a test, and manage their emotions. Beloved Yoga’s approach to a Yoga- Integrated System, supports both staff and students, and integrates to self-care, self-manage, and self-regulate.
For more information about Beloved Yoga’s “Reach In, Reach Out,” please contact our Kids Yoga Director and In-Service Trainer, Vasanthi Srinivasan at 571-334-8227 or email Vasanthi@belovedyoga.com
In- School Program
We have been serving children in Northern Virginia schools for over 3 years. We work with local public and private school systems to create yoga programs that serve children before/after school as well as develop programs to integrate yoga into daily curriculum! We have an amazing kids yoga teachers that specifically travel to schools and bring yoga to kids in fun and accessible ways. We welcome all kids into our program. We prefer to offer 6-8 week sessions. Programs offered at schools, daycare centers and community centers.
Benefits of Yoga for Kids!
Beloved Yoga provides the school with a sustainable and cost-effective program designed to improve students’ focus, curiosity and engagement in learning. By teaching children to develop self- awareness, self-empowerment and connection, yoga helps transform the culture of a school and community. Based Movement Based Research, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Brain Based Learning, Beloved’s In School Yoga Program transforms the students and the greater community. Some powerful ways to incorporate yoga into the school day include:
In & After School Program– Bring yoga to you through our In- School & After School Program serving children ages 3 – 18. Classes can be offered year round or in 6- 10 week sessions. Program can be individualized to meet the needs of the school. Our program draws from the basic tenants of yoga, and utilizes a holistic model to engage the creative side of the whole child in a non-competitive environment. Included in our classes are: yoga postures, yoga games, breathing exercises, relaxation methods, basic anatomy, yoga art, yoga literature, yoga journaling and music & songs. For more information on lease contact our In-School Kids Coordinator, Sue Machen at 703-973-1990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Yoga Breaks” – 15 -20 min breaks utilizing chair and desk for yoga space. Provide for every classroom at your school to center, calm and focus. Quick, powerful, and cost-effective way to teach children how to take ownership of being ready for learing.
Yoga in the Physical Education Curriculum – Our qualified instructors can offer Yoga as part of the PE Curriculum for a quarter for all ages. Yoga meets the Physical Educational Standards set by the State Board of Education. Some standards include: Develop connection between food, nutrition, and energy; Recognize that skill development requires practice. Identify various parts of the body and identify their location; Co-operate individually, with a partner, or in a group; Develop responsibility for expected behavior on the playground, in the classroom, in sports, and all aspects of school environments.
Adaptive Yoga Program – Beloved’s Trained teachers of Special Needs can provide yoga as part of IEP goals to help regulate behavior, improve gross and fine motor skills, and compliment all therapies and academics. Yoga can be adapted for all ages and abilities. Yoga poses, breathing exercises and cooperative group activities can benefit children with physical, mental, social, and emotional needs.
Community Based Instruction – Beloved Yoga provides accessible yoga in a studio with full accessibility with a highly qualified Special Education Teacher & Registered Yoga Teacher. Our In-studio visit allows children and teens with intellectual disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, developmental delay, hearing and visual disability and traumatic brain injury to learn how to access the environment and experience the benefits of yoga for the body, breath, and mind.
School/PTA Fundraiser Here is a fun and healthy way to raise money for your school! We will create a CLASS just for your school at our Reston or Great Falls Studio for one day where you can invite your school to take a class with us. It will be a donation class and ALL the donations will be donated to your school. You are welcome to also organize an evening at your school but we have found that the parents love coming to the yoga studio! Let’s set up a date!
Yoga for Teachers & School Staff
Vasanthi holds a Bachelors Degree in Special Education from Pennsylvania State University (1991) and a Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction in Early Childhood from George Mason University (1999). She has worked with children at various grade levels and abilities, in both public and private schools. She has worked for in public schools as a Learning Disabilities Specialist, Gift & Talented Classroom Teacher, Elementary School Teacher, Emotional Support Teacher, Life Skills Support Teacher & Early Childhood Educator. As a teacher and a mother of three children, Vasanthi strongly believes teachers & parents need to be a model for all children and provide them with the tolls to succeed at an early age. Tools to take ownership of their mind, body, and emotional states to become problem solvers, risk takers, optimal learners, and compassionate and caring citizens in the greater community. Vasanthi is a certified RYT500, RPYT, & RCYT, She has extensive experience teaching kids yoga in the classrooms during the school day. Some of the schools & organizations she has worked with include: Fairfax County Public Schools, Gesher Jewish Day School, Langley School, Reston Montessori School, Arlington County Public Schools, Loudoun County Program for Special Needs, Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capitol, Department of Parks & Recreation of Loudoun County & Belmont Green.