I spend my summer days cutting fairways at a local golfcourse. I absolutely love my job. I get to spend the whole day outside… what more could a person ask for in a job? The only downfall is that work starts at 5:30 am, therefore I have to get up around 4:30. It is very hard to get into this routine first, but it gets easier. The upside is that I am done at 1:30, way before most people get to go home after a long days work. I find my job to be very relaxing and I appreciate the alone time since I do not always get that at home.
This morning I was feeling ambitious…which can be a shock for someone who does not start their day at 4:30 am. I decided to try doing the sun salutation. This is the video that I followed. I liked it because she breaks down the poses step by step and goes at a good pace so it is easy to follow.
You are probably wondering where my humorous video is. Well, I did not want my followers to see what I looked like so early in the morning. But I assure you that I definitely did do it. It actually helped wake me up and set the tone for a good day. My initial thought was that it would make me even more tired, but it did the exact opposite.
I also wanted to research the benefits of doing this routine first thing in the morning. This website gives 5 reasons as to why it is the best way to start your day.
I also found this website to be also very helpful because it explains the benefits of children doing the sun salutation. Since I am an up and coming teacher, I became intrigued and wanted to dig deeper. I decided to look up the benefits of incorporating yoga into the classroom. Here is what I found from this website:
- since it is essential for children to develop and improve their fine motor skills at a young age, yoga can be very beneficial for improving balance and flexibility
- children also tend to get sick often, and incorporating yoga in the classroom can help improve the immunity in the classroom
- Yoga also promotes thinking and memory
- Stimulates auditory processing and responsiveness
- it also can calm and clear the mind, bringing us into the present moment as well as relieve tension and stress. For this point I thought about those students who have a cognitive disability and how calming the mind may help them when they become overwhelmed.
- another important point that I like is that yoga can encourages social and environmental awareness and responsibility which can lead to a happy inclusive classroom.
I have never thought about incorporating yoga into my classroom, but after doing some research I am starting to think that it may be a good idea! However, I have to be sure to improve on my yoga skills before teaching my students some poses!