Yoga Benefits Eastover Elementary Students
"Improving concentration, physical fitness, self-regulation, mood and positive behaviors in the classroom are among the benefits students are receiving by incorporating yoga in the classroom." says, Michelle Scherer, second grade teacher at Eastover Elementary. Scherer continues, "We are thankful for the grant money received from the Bloomfield Hills Schools Foundation to provide child-sized yoga mats, classroom books /resources on mindfulness and yoga as well as teacher training for the classroom setting. These books have kid-friendly messages and lessons and allow for purposeful and positive discussion when problems arise and proactively gives students the tools to work through their social and emotional challenges."
Ollie Weidman, second grader explains, "Yoga and mindfulness helps us cool down and recharge our batteries so that we can do our best during school hours." Devon Orrin, second grade teacher, partnering with Scherer in the yoga program, shares "We do yoga and mindfulness in the classroom daily, in various forms. The studies show that kids start to lose focus around 10:30 am and again at 2:30 pm. It is amazing to witness the high level of engagement in learning after a short yoga session." D.D. Maguire and Anna Spence, both second grade students, excitedly say, "It's fun, makes us stronger and flexible, plus gives us that brain power to stay focus in school!" David Logan, second grader in Mrs. Scherer class adds, "If I feel upset or frustrated, yoga helps me to feel calmer and peaceful.
Orrin and Scherer conclude with, "By giving our students access to yoga, mindfulness training, and social-emotional texts, they gain the knowledge they need to be the architects in solving problems as they arise. To be better communicators with others, cognizant of their emotions, and learning to be their best selves are valuable skills throughout their entire school experience and beyond."