As adults we are aware that our brain is divided into two halves – each having very distinctive roles. What, though does that mean for our babies and children?

Well let’s break it down to basics to start:

LEFT

  • Responsible for the control of the RIGHT side of the body
  • Artistic/creative side
  • Insight/imagination
  • Musical awareness
  • Left hand control

RIGHT

  • Responsible for the control of the LEFT side of the body
  • Academic/logical side
  • Language
  • Logic/reasoning
  • Science/maths
  • Written
  • Right hand control

So both sides control very different functions – most of which will not be needed in these early months. Although what is also developing is the bridge that connects both hemispheres. Communication between the two is essential – more about that in our next blog!

Connection

Our baby’s’ brain is busy forming new networks that once formed can then be used for pretty much anything, from language to fine motor skills. The process of forming these networks is biologically driven, but experiences also allow connects to form. Working with movement with children allows this connection to build.

Simply put – it is just as important what we do with our children, to create these experiences as it is to allow the body to form them on its own.

Brain Work in Your Yoga Class

This approach continues with the growing child. For teachers looking to build in brain exercises then Yoga can offer many practical solutions.

Looking at the many aspects of Yoga that you can incorporate into a lesson plan, you can clearly see that problem-solving skills and physical techniques offer a perfect opportunity to get those brains working.

If you are looking for a Brain Break – then many of the fun yoga games that we discuss in our courses can be utilised. Don’t forget the joy of adding in some mid-line crossing too! This is also covered in our next blog.

If you would like to know more details of how you can develop Yoga in your classroom then please email us. We offer in-house training as well as running courses where you can attend with several members of your teaching staff.

Also, check out our new Pinterest Boards where we are busy scouring the web for all things related to Yoga in the Classroom.

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Rachel Hawkes

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