WELLNESS PROGRAM FOR SCHOOLS

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND WELLNESS PROGRAM

Bringing Yoga and Mindfulness into schools to complement the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Program. This wellness program can assist children who struggle in coping with the mainstream education system. It is taught by using yoga activities such as modified yoga postures, meditation, visualization, breathing techniques, yoga stories, sensory implied songs and dances to make the learning of social, emotional and interpersonal skills fun and easy to understand.

As demonstrated below, the 8 Limbs of Yoga are aligned with the pillars of SEL:

  • Yamas and Niyamas – being sensible and responsive towards one’s thoughts, words, and actions, self-discipline and self-care (Social Awareness).
  • Asana (yoga postures) and Pranayama (breathing techniques) – regulate one’s emotions, connect body and self and provide tools for self-regulation (Self-awareness & Self-management).
  • Meditation, visualization and yoga activities – improve focus and concentration and assist one in making sensible and responsible decisions (Responsible Decision Making).
  • Exploration of external and internal worlds – self-regulation and the awareness of how their behaviors impact themselves and others reflect this sense of interconnectedness with other people, animals and the planet (Relationships Skills).

FOR REFERENCE, THE 5 CORE CASEL COMPETENCIES ARE LISTED AS FOLLOWS:

  • Self-awareness: The ability to understand one’s own emotions and thoughts. To integrate one’s strengths and limitations with a sense of confidence and fulfillment.
  • Self-management: The ability to regulate one’s emotions and behaviors effectively to accomplish personal/collective goals.
  • Social awareness: The ability to feel and understand other people’s perspectives and show compassion and empathy.
  • Relationship skills: The ability to build and maintain healthy relationships. To support one another with active communication and listening skills and deal effectively with conflicts.
  • Responsible decision-making: The ability to make sensible and productive choices around personal and social interactions.