Teaching Yoga for Life


Teach students how to become more disciplined, manage stress, and lead a more enriched life through yoga in school.

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Yoga, when introduced early in life, can lead individuals to more relaxed, less-chaotic years ahead. Detailed instructions with illustrations make it easy for all expert levels to introduce the 53 poses included. Lesson plans also cover breathing techniques, play, visualizations, and relaxation methods.

Teach Balanced, Healthy Living

This text allows you to teach kids to become more confident and handle their stress more effectively. Certain elements of yoga help students to maintain their life balance. All lessons in the book focus on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of yoga that can help to enrich students’ lives, enhance their ability to focus and concentrate, develop greater muscular and cardiorespiratory endurance, and handle stress.


The book contains 8 chapters.

  • Preface
  • Activity Finder
  • Pose Index
  • Chapter 1. Why Our Students Need Yoga
    • Whole-Child Learning
    • Benefits of Yoga for School-Aged Children
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2. Yoga for Healthy, Balanced Living
    • Defining Yoga
    • Eight Branches for a Meaningful, Purposeful Life
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3. Teaching Effective Yoga Classes
    • Components of the Yoga Class
    • Teaching Techniques for Yoga
    • Constructing Creative Yoga Experiences
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4. Scientific and Movement Principles of Yoga
    • Anatomy and Physiology of Breath
    • Anatomy and Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System
    • Science of Flexibility
    • Building a Healthy and Strong Spine
    • Teaching Yoga Poses
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5. Yoga Lesson and Unit Plans
    • Yoga Lesson Plan
    • Sample Lesson Plans
    • Indoor Recess Yoga
    • Yoga Unit Plan
    • Yoga Lesson and Unit Plans for Special Groups
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6. Breathing and Relaxation Exercises
    • Transitions Into Yoga Practice
    • Part 1: Beginning the Yoga Class—Breathing Exercises
    • Part 2: The Gift of Relaxation
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7. Warm-Up, Active, and Cool-Down Poses
    • Part 1: Warm Up and Wake Up
    • Part 2: Standing Poses
    • Part 3: Moving Yoga
    • Part 4: Balancing Poses
    • Part 5: Active Floor Poses
    • Part 6: Cool-Down Poses
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8. Infusing Themes Into Yoga Classes
    • Yoga Games
    • Yoga Stations
    • Self-Image and Yoga
    • Healthy Lifestyle and Yoga
    • Interpersonal Relationships and Yoga
    • Creative Problem Solving and Yoga
    • Global Awareness and Yoga
    • Academic Areas and Yoga
    • Summary
  • References and Resources
  • Index
  • About the Author

Book is 224 pages.