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Lara Veon

Five Ways Yoga Can Help Educators Create Safe Environments

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Much like that of educating the whole child, how to make our learning environments safe places in which to teach and learn is a rich and complex discussion in our current education landscape. Our Mindful Practices team teaches in schools throughout Chicago—in the most under-resourced neighborhoods to the most affluent suburbs. Although each community might actively address school safety in different ways, we've found that incorporating yoga as a social-emotional learning tool into the school day increases the sense of internal and external safety for educators and students, thus creating a better learning environment for everyone.

Below are five ways that yoga can help educators create safety in their classrooms and schools, including links to activities that anyone can start using today.

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Lara Veon

Yoga and Mindfulness Educates the Whole Child

Mindful Practices

There's no arguing that students today need wellness as a component of their education more than ever before. From a super-size food culture to screen-time saturated entertainment to an increase in trauma in our communities, the experiences in which children are immersed when they leave the care of their schools are often lacking in sound health, social engagement, and safety.

This shortage of wellness might manifest in a variety of ways in the classroom: inattention, hypo/hyper arousal, academic challenges, interpersonal difficulties, and a host of other problems that affect classroom management and student learning. As educators, it is easy to get stuck in a frenetic and stressful cycle of reacting to problems that surface in the classroom or larger school community when what most truly desire is an opportunity for their students to learn skills that will challenge them to contribute to the world in a meaningful and productive way.

Using yoga and mindfulness in schools can do just that.

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