Tips for reducing stress and increasing focus

Middle School Seminar teacher Kate Ziminsky uses restorative yoga poses and yin postures to help students reduce stress, calm nervous systems, and promote a peaceful sleep cycle.

Kate uses a stress relief and calming yoga video at times during Seminar, sometimes accompanied by gentle musical sounds from nature (ocean waves or babbling brooks) and a stretching sequence where students are supported with comfortable pillows and warmth. Parents can try using this sequence with their children at home before sleep.

Kate chooses movements during Seminar that are based on the energetic need for the curriculum of the week.  Certain poses increase focus and get kids energized while other poses and movements promote calm and restoration of previously charged/agitated nervous systems.  The class also uses the one-word workout library from Nalini Kids.