Yoga in Schools
Sprite Yoga uses yoga and yoga-inspired exercises to promote lifetime wellness. Our vision is to make yoga available in schools so that students (and teachers!) develop body-mind awareness and the ability to nurture their own physical and mental well-being. More and more educators are choosing non-traditional interventions for their holistic effects on the health of children.
Tamsin's educational experience
Tamsin is a qualified school teacher and has taught Dance, Drama and PHSE in schools in the state and private sector and at post-compulsory level for twenty years. She was the artistic director of her own dance in education company and as such developed teaching materials and led INSET training for West Sussex County Council, the Youth Services, South East Dance and the AQA examination board. As a dancer and teacher with Ludus Dance she toured throughout the UK and overseas. She brings this wealth of experience and the belief that movement is vital for all and particularly key during developmental years to her yoga teaching. She has been teaching yoga to young people aged 3 to 18 for over 10 years. Tamsin is fully insured through Yoga Alliance Professionals and is regularly DBS checked ( latest in June 2021).
What can we offer?
Weekly yoga sessions in school with any year group
Whole school wellbeing days / PHSE days
CPD for staff to support the teaching of yoga and mindfulness based approaches in PE and PHSE
Yoga can be taught as
Part of the PE curriculum
Part of PHSE curriculum
An elective in an enrichment programme
A lunchtime or after school activity
An intervention to maximise achievement in disadvantages students
During a yoga session the focus is on
Developing strength, stamina and flexibility
Improving co-ordination and balance
Improving posture and concentration
Raising self-esteem, self-belief and confidence
Promoting self-management and an awareness of emotional response
Promoting calmness and relaxation
Promoting mindful, holistic approaches to health and wellbeing
We suggest 30 - 40 minute sessions for Key Stage 1 and 2 and 45 - 60 minutes for Key Stage 3, 4 or post 16.
Sprite Yoga's Schools programme has included:
Delivery of weekly yoga classes to Reception to year 6 at Western Road Primary School, Lewes
Regular sessions as part of the Staff Wellbeing programme at BHASVIC 6th form college in Hove
Regular yoga enrichment programme for students at Worthing College and BHASVIC 6th form, Hove
Yoga as enrichment for Year 10 and 11 students at Portslade Aldridge Academy
After School Club Yoga at Lewes Old Grammar Junior School
Breakfast club yoga at The Montessori Place, Uckfield
Bespoke projects in secondary schools throughout Brighton and Hove for Brighton Yoga Foundation
Please contact Tamsin directly on or via the contact form on this website if you are interested in bringing Sprite Yoga's unique Yoga in Schools programme to your school
CPD Training Course for Secondary School Teachers
INTRODUCING YOGA TO YOUR SCHOOL - CPD Training for Key Stage 3 and 4 Teachers
This two hour CPD course is an ideal way to help you to introduce the young people in your school to the benefits of yoga. Dare I say it - yoga is a fashionable way to take care of yourself these days, with celebrity yogis adding appeal to young people. Yoga is a fitness activity accessible to all and starting young can influence healthy lifestyle choices.
The course aims to:
• Provide teachers with a way to get inactive girls more involved in PE
• Promote more variety on offer as PE/ after school activity
• Equip teachers with real skills and resources to deliver age appropriate yoga
• Offer warm up and cool down ideas for other sports and activities and ways to implement yoga skills within more general PE lessons – i.e. a mat option activity
• Explore relaxation, breathing and stress relieving tools
• Encourage a holistic health approach
• Introduce mindfulness through yoga
• Build body awareness, self-esteem and confidence through yoga
• Explore partner and group based yoga activities
You will not however be a qualified to teach yoga outside of your school setting on completion of this introductory course.
CPD Training Course for Primary School Teachers
INTRODUCING YOGA TO YOUR SCHOOL - CPD Training for Key Stage 1 and 2 Teachers
This two hour course is an ideal introduction to discovering how you can bring yoga to the children you work with and is eligible for Sport Premium funding. You will not however be a qualified to teach yoga outside of your school setting on completion of this introductory course.
The yoga activities are specifically designed to aid physical, mental and emotional development in Key Stage 1 and 2. During this course we will cover:
How to structure 30 minute yoga class
How to introduce mindfulness
How to teach breathing exercises
How to teach yoga postures
Building body awareness, self-esteem and confidence through yoga
Using visualisations and imagery to engage children
Partner work with children
How to use games, props, music and stories in a yoga class
Expect to take part in a practically based session. You’ll need suitable clothing and a notebook and pen. A resource pack will be provided so that you take away ready to use lesson plans and real ideas of how to develop yoga in your school.
To enquire about CPD and Teacher Training Courses in person or via zoom email firstname.lastname@example.org
IF YOUR SCHOOL WOULD BE INTERESTED IN A BESPOKE CPD TRAINING COURSE FOR ALL YOUR TEACHING STAFF PLEASE ENQUIRE
I feel like a new person now! I'm definitely still coming to yoga during my exams as it really helps me to de-stress.
Sixth form student, Brighton
My son doesn't really enjoy the competitive sport at school, but he wants to be active and is loving the yoga classes.
Mum Year 5 student, Lewes
My son has come home and talked very enthusiastically about yoga. He has been keen to show me poses he has learnt and practise them with me. I think yoga is a
brilliant way of helping young children manage their emotions. I hope it continues.
Mum of Year 2 student, Lewes