COVID-19 Policy & Risk Assessment 2020
Aligning to individual school policies to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus and adhering to strict Government & Wheel of Yoga guidelines, Joyful Hearts is able to offer face to face Mindful yoga classes in an educational setting. A full copy of my COVID-19 policy MUST be signed by parent and student upon registration, and a risk assessment of the school facilities will be taken before each class to ensure the utmost safety of both students and teacher.
Coping with Uncertainty
The 'fear of not knowing' is a contributory factor to feelings of anxiety in our children/teens. With COVID-19 being a constantly moving target, it's easy for young people to be drawn into a vicious cycle of uncertainty, negative thoughts, images, emotions, behaviours and physical sensations.
There are some really useful strategies you can try, with memorable acronyms:
STOPP - Stop > Take a breath > Observe with kindness > Pull back (gain perspective) > Practice what works
APPLE - Acknowledge > Pause > Pull back > Let go > Explore (reframe your attention)
When we practice mindfulness in Joyful Hearts classes, students are encouraged to focus on the breath so they remain fixed 'in the present moment'. Guided visualisations invite students to release and let go of their worries, fears, stress in calm and healthy ways.
When your child/teen experiences 'anxiety' ask them to communicate how they are feeling on a scale from 1-10, using the descriptions on the thermometer. Observe what triggers their anxiety (journal it) to help them gain a better perspective on their changing anxiety levels in any give moment.
Rising to the Challenges
Click this YouTube link and have fun making a plastic lung to learn more about how your body breathes. Explore the science of YOGA and rise to the challenges of growing up by becoming more aware of your awesome anatomy and how diaphragmatic breathing can ease anxious thoughts in the moment.
A Love for Learning
Click on the pdf link below and print out the Multiple Intelligence Quiz to discover your most dominant learning style. Remember the more ways your brain can absorb new information the easier it is to retain and retrieve it when you need it most. Enjoy a Love for Learning through YOGA.
My dominant learning styles are picture and body smart - I am observant and prefer to draw images, charts and maps to learn new informaton. I also like to learn how things work by using practical skills, tapping into my kinesthetic intelligence :-)
Appreciating All of You
Being more aware of and giving thanks for your character strengths everyday, has been scientifically proven to lower stress levels and boost your overall health and wellbeing. Click the link and take the free online survey (there's also one for adults).
Playing to your key strengths is an important life-skill and remember there is no-one else like you!
Building Emotional Resilience
Download the resilience shield activity and remember your 'helper words', breathing techniques and yoga poses to "be strong when things go wrong!"