As is well documented, children today are under an enormous amount of pressure. The resulting stress can disrupt the functioning of the brain, especially in the prefrontal cortex. Neuroscience shows that there are a number of practices that can mitigate this disruption. By showing students breathing techniques (Pranayma), yoga postures (Asana), meditation and mindfulness, the Alexander Technique and Reflexology into her work, helping children redirect their attention away from stressful thoughts.
These strategies will improve their concentration and self-control and help students feel empowered in the process. By including these new learning strategies into their studies they will develop healthy coping mechanisms when facing the pressures of the revision and exam periods. These techniques will also hold long term value and also prove helpful preparing for interviews, presentations and the everyday challenges of adult life.
Having suffered from learning difficulties as a child, Sophie understands the importance of communication and support. She believes that forcing young people to work hard, or to behave in a certain way against their will is counterproductive. Providing a supportive, positive and creative environment and teaching young people ways to manage their anxieties enables them to achieve to their full potential. Finding moments of stillness and quiet is key to discovering our own intelligence and capabilities which are often hidden behind stress and anxiety.
YOGA, MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION TEACHES US TO...
Improve concentration and sense of calmness. Yoga helps balance the production of neurotransmitters in the brain and reduces stress levels.
Take care of ourselves. As with all forms of exercise, a good yoga practice can mean a good night’s sleep! It’s a physical activity that’s noncompetitive enhancing their flexibility, tone, strength and coordination.
Cultivate self-esteem. A healthy body image, confidence and the ability to express themselves.
Breathe. When we breathe deeply and fully the physical benefits are essential to reducing stress.
Foster cooperation and compassion. Can helps promote a sense of the needs of others, and compassion for themselves - a great gift to give our children
Balance stress hormones and metabolism. Including cortisol, a key stress hormone, as well as GABA (gamma amino butyric acid), serotonin, and acetylcholine, all of which contribute to a person’s mental health.
Decrease fidgeting and impulsivity that improves with focus. Helps develop the connection between mind and body that many children with learning difficulties lack.
Master Examination Techniques. Sophie can provide a support system whereby she works with your child to develop specific techniques for each individual.
SESSIONS CAN BE TAILORED TO EACH CHILD OR AS A GROUP