Through my experience working in education, I have seen the many benefits that yoga can provide children. My observations led to my asking the following research question: What are the elements of a Yoga curriculum that can support learners in dealing with anxious situations? The review of the research literature supported my professional experiences in a variety of areas and the potential value of creating a four-week unit to be integrated into my third grade classroom. For example, it documented that anxiety is prevalent in children today and it does not simply disappear as those children grow into adults. The review of the literature also identified support for the idea that yoga and meditation are strategies that can help reduce anxious feelings. When taught correctly, yoga can help children who are experiencing anxious feelings. During my review of the research it was difficult for me to find a simple yoga curriculum geared toward middle elementary schoolers. That is why I created a four week yoga curriculum for third graders, with each lesson lasting approximately 10 minutes. The purpose and design of this curriculum project is to create support for any student who exhibits anxious behaviors whether or not they have an official anxiety diagnosis. Included in the curriculum are activities and formative assessments are included in this curriculum, along with a multitude of other resources. Through the development of this curriculum, I have learned how to combine appropriate yoga postures and meditation activities with a variety of engaging cooperative learning activities.
At-risk Students, Curriculum
Weninger, Lacey Jan, "A Yoga-Based Curriculum To Help Learners Deal With Anxious Situations" (2019). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 282.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects