Here's how a virtual yoga programme has helped a Banburyshire primary school

A virtual yoga programme is helping support the mental health and well-being of staff, parents and children at Croughton All Saints Church of England Primary School.

Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 11:12 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 11:14 am
A virtual yoga programme is helping support the mental health and well-being of staff, parents and children at Croughton All Saints Church of England Primary School. (Image submitted from the YogaBugs programme)
A virtual yoga programme is helping support the mental health and well-being of staff, parents and children at Croughton All Saints Church of England Primary School. (Image submitted from the YogaBugs programme)

Head Teacher Helen Goulder said: “We love YogaBugs Virtual! We have found that our children have responded really well to the virtual teacher and have a real connection with them."

Following 20 years of successfully delivering yoga and mindfulness into primary schools through a network of experienced teachers, YogaBugs has adapted their sessions for online delivery in response to Covid-19. The goal is to allow children and schools to continue to reap the benefits of yoga during the pandemic.

Helen added: “We were able to slot the sessions into our timetable with ease, especially as we had made SEMH a priority in our school returning from Covid. The programme has allowed us to identify those children who were super anxious. Our teachers have seen greater flexibility in our pupils, and their ability to sit and listen, along with concentration in the class room has improved greatly.”

YogaBugs Virtual takes a whole school approach and offers schools online training and resources for staff, supporting them in delivering mindfulness to children as well as supporting their own mental health.

YogaBugs also supports the parents of Crougthon; with children taking part in YogaBugs at home as part of remote learning and parents having access to chair yoga, mindfulness and wellbeing resources.

Lisa Applebee, YogaBugs managing director said: “We hear feedback from schools that teachers are under added pressure, stress and anxiety due to Covid-19 and we wanted to ensure our programme supported the teachers, the parents and the children. We have seen such a positive impact on children’s development and well-being over the years, but now more than ever, emotional support is needed for all and we are delighted to provide it.”

YogaBugs aims to support early prevention of mental health conditions in children and give teachers and parents techniques to support their own well-being as well as the children’s. They are able to do this by partnering with forward thinking schools, like Croughton delivering virtual yoga and mindfulness sessions.