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What is a Yoga Routine?
“A routine is an instructional strategy developed to increase the level of participation in activities for students who require consistency and repetition in order to learn.”
Routines provide consistency of expectations and anticipation of what is coming up so that the  students can focus on practicing new skills.
Yoga is supported by the physiotherapist in the school. Students participate in a yoga session once a week. Based on evidence and assessment findings from the initial classroom setup, yoga has been rolled out across the school.

Benefits of Yoga:

  • Increases oxygenation of the blood
  • Increases strength
  • Lowers stress levels
  • Increases self-efficacy skills
  • Increases happiness and health through exercise
  • Increases flexibility

Benefits of Yoga for Children with Visual Impairments

  • Creates a safe space for positive movement experience
  • Physical activities that develop sense of body awareness, spatial awareness, proprioceptive awareness and alignment
  • Increases motor planning
  • Functional tasks such as shoes on/off
  • Communication and advocacy of likes/dislikes
  • Increases self-determination/ leadership skills 
  • Increases motor development and activity
  • Consistent vocabulary
  • Increase concept development 
  • Sensory awareness – music, reduced lighting, scents
  • Curriculum – maths – counting, timing 
  • Orientation and mobility – finding mat, chairs, directions within the room
  • Social activity that is available throughout the community