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YOGA AND THE TEACHING PROFESSION

By Ankita Goel

Yoga , is definitely good for the body ,mind and overall well being. But what yoga can do for teachers- the people of the noble profession of teaching is amazing. Today an increasing number of teachers over the world are turning to yoga.

A teacher who puts effort with his students ,loses vitality by his presence in the class everyday. This is why teachers generally feel weary and run down- not from doing physical labour (they usually have a lot of holidays), but something which they can't make out. The energy which they seem to have lost does not seem to come back even with sleep and rest. They as a result sometimes get frustrated and irritable, and as a consequence distance themselves from their students even more, thus getting trapped in the vicious cycle. This is not true to all teachers, but yet is very common. I'm sure most of us will be able to remember (from our schooling/college years) atleast one if not more of such teachers whom we never really agreed with.

The solution for the teachers to become better lies in yoga. Let's see a few points which can be implemented in the class for a happier teacher and students.
 

  • As any teacher would know, the children need a lot of movement, yet they have to ask them repeatedly to "keep quiet", "keep still", or "pay attention". The children really have to pay a lot physically and mentally to do so. The student on being asked this becomes tense, in an attempt to show that he is receptive to what the teacher has to say.

    As this student settles, other one moves, and then the teacher becomes tense as he has to keep a watch continually.

    With the practice of yoga, the teacher can become more clearheaded, relaxed. Also it will help the teacher to understand the nature of the children. Usually a school girl/boy is just considered as a brain, which is in turn is just considered as an abstract tool, in which the information has to be put. The brain is not considered a physical organ- an organ which needs to be irrigated with fresh oxygen for better functioning. It is the brain which needs maximum oxygen than any other part of the body, and by keeping still the students shall not get the oxygen, hindering their learning process.

    The students can be taught to do some breathing exercises . A short session can be practiced in the middle of the class , rather than the beginning. This will keep the students still and more receptive ,and the teacher stress free.

    Also if a child has been running in a P.E. class, and arrives in Maths or English with uneven breathing, a lot of material will pass him unheard. So it is important to even out his breathing and make your teaching effective.
     

  • Another very important and energy consuming activity of the teacher is speaking in the classroom. It is the lecture , which breaks or makes a class, and for this it is necessary that the teacher has a well pitched voice. Usually with long duration of talking the teacher loses a lot of energy, his mouth becomes dry, he becomes tired and may be sometimes depressed.

    So , the teachers can help themselves by-
    Practice chanting "OM" aloud at least 24 times per day, every day. This shall help you develop your voice naturally.

    It is important that the teacher do some changes for the better in his life style to bring about a change in his classroom. This shall in turn to give a new life to the system of education.
     


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