From 3-9 February 2020 schools, youth groups, organisations and individuals across the UK will take part in Children’s Mental Health Week to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.
Throughout Children’s Mental Health Week, to highlight and demonstrate the benefits of yoga for young people, the Teen Yoga Foundation and Children’s Yoga Foundation – in association with Schools Advisory Service – will be working with schools across the country to deliver a morning yoga practice at schools to improve young people’s mental wellbeing. The organisers will be releasing one video per day to help primary and secondary schools offer a morning yoga session to pupils and staff. Each video will have a mental health theme, such as stress, anxiety or low mood and will deal with each mood or emotion in terminology that children will understand and offer a yoga sequence to help with that particular issue. The sequences are evidence based and conducted by an experienced School and Yoga teacher.
The Children’s Mental Health Week programme comes off the back of the recent EU funded Hippocampus Report, one of the biggest studies of its kind (with 750 participants) across multiple European countries, conducted to develop and implement an appropriate yoga-based approach to bring the benefits of yoga to young people.
For both staff and young people who participated in the Hippocampus yoga programme there was a statistically significant
– improvement in wellbeing
– reduction in perceived stress
– reduction in sleep related problems
Young people who took part are quoted in the report as stating that since undertaking a yoga program in school, that
- “I have been thinking clearly ”
- “I have been feeling optimistic about the future”
- “I have been feeling confident”
- “I have been feeling relaxed”
- “I have had energy to spare”.
With the government endorsing moves towards a focus on mental wellbeing among both teachers and students, heads and staff are finding yoga is ticking all the boxes. John Chantry, Vice Principal, Ralph Allen School, Bath
“Young people experience a great deal of pressure, and consequently stress, to perform well in school due to the high expectations on them both academically and socially. Yoga is a great way to deal with this & the teen yoga programme has been extremely well received by students at Ralph Allen. The approach taken is just right and has inspired our students not just to try yoga, but to stick with it. I recommend the programme wholeheartedly.”
Director of Teen Yoga Foundation, Charlotta Martinus says:
“There is a lot of interest in yoga in schools, with approx 30% offering yoga in some form or another (according to DofE 2016 paper) and we would like to see more schools adopting this inexpensive and highly effective tool to impact mental health issues for their pupils”
For more information please get in touch with:
Charlotta Martinus, Director
Helen Appleby, Manager
Dr Nicholas Kearney, Research Executive