Yoga for Self-Regulation
Yoga Class for Self Regulation
Does your child need physical activity that supports stress reduction? Guidance in establishing routines of self-care? Or perhaps just a regular mindfulness practice to improve memory, and build cognitive flexibility and self-esteem? At MY Education Guru (MEG) in West Los Angeles, we provide a Yoga class for Self-Regulation to support students in developing the tools and skills for mental health and executive functioning.
What are Executive Functions?
Cognitive scientists divide up the brain’s many activities into different functions—from vision to creativity to emotional expression. The executive functions of the brain are the mental processes that support the brain in executing complex behaviors, such as juggling multiple tasks, filtering distractions, and setting goals. We aren’t born with fully-formed brains: In particular, skills for self-regulation are developed over a lifetime of practice.1
- Strengthening your working memory allows you to better recall and manipulate recent information.
- Improving your processing speed helps you sustain attention, digest incoming information, and respond more quickly.
- Planning and goal-setting in a systematic way organizes your brain to reach your goals most efficiently.
- Prioritizing tasks strategically supports successful time management.
- Practicing changing perspective allows you to adapt to new approaches that better fit the situation at hand.
- Mastering the ability to change attention allows you to switch between tasks effectively.
- By self-monitoring regularly, you become better able to identify your current emotional state, and make wise decisions based on your past actions.
- Exercising self-regulation strengthens your ability to manage emotions in the moment, control your behavior and attention, and resist impulses.
“West Los Angeles’ MY Education Guru always prepared to teach a yoga class with absolute professionalism. I enjoyed their great communication skills with my child and myself, as well as their flexible work hours. I greatly appreciate their commitment to teach and beyond.”
T.P. – Parent
Yoga practice is a millenia-old mental, physical, and spiritual practice that has real biological effects on the brain’s architecture and neurochemistry.2 Through yoga meditation, postures, breathing methods, and reflective activities, yoga seeks to build awareness and support wellness of the mind and body. Recent studies suggest that yoga benefits cognitive functioning, especially improve memory, concentration, and attention monitoring across the lifespan.3 The National Institutes of Health categorize yoga as a complementary and alternative medicine that encompassse mind-body methodologies4
The practice of yoga can work for any body. Our instructor designs her yoga workout with intelligent sequencing; warming up and building strength in the component body parts first, before taking on more complex poses (check out https://www.siddhiyoga.com/become-certified-yoga-instructor for more about teaching yoga). Perfect form isn’t the goal—instead, students are working toward increased bodily awareness and heightened consciousness of their mental habits. No matter what your final pose looks like or how clear your mind gets, simply practicing yoga supports release from consuming thoughts and resilience to physical stressors. It also helps you get better sleep, especially for those who need insomnia help.
By its nature, yoga is process-oriented rather than results-oriented—it accepts imperfection, encourages risk-taking, and is inherently playful. Our classroom is a safe place to make mistakes! Trying new things in a non-judgment curiosity zone better equips our students with a growth mindset that they can take into the world beyond their mat.
2 Mohandas E. Neurobiology of spirituality. Mens Sana Monogr. 2008;6(1):63-80.
3 Brunner, D., Amitai Abramovitch, and Joseph Etherton. A yoga program for cognitive enhancement. PLoS ONE. 2017; 12(8):1-12.
4 Gothe, N. and Edward McAuley. Yoga and cognition: A meta-analysis of chronic and acute effects. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2015; 77:784-797.
How Does Yoga Build Self-Regulation?
Our yoga practice can catalyze better choices because we get better at choosing to respond rather than react (self-regulation). We can learn to respond to stress and challenges with resilience and adaptability in our physical yoga poses, which will transcend the way we meet stressors in our mental capacities. A yoga workout is especially valuable for those times when students feel unsettled, uncertain, and depleted. In taking the time to sit and be quiet, we are truly able to listen to ourselves without the constant chatter of the mind.
We can recalibrate a part of our autonomic nervous system (ANS) through top-down and bottom-up regulations with yoga meditation. The ANS is responsible for our fluctuation between the states of “fight-flight-freeze” and “rest and digest.” We want students to have a sense of agency and responsibility in shifting away from the former and into the latter.
Our 4-Step Approach
Develop a Relationship & Lay Out a Roadmap for the Class
Yoga and mindfulness depend on a relationship of trust and safety between pupil and instructor, so our first sessions will be dedicated to establishing a safe environment to take risks!
These are mental practices that have bodily effects. Through yoga meditation, we will strengthen brain health in self-control and self regulation—the insula, prefrontal cortex, and hippocampus.
These are bodily practices that advance mental goals. Through regulated breath and movement work, we will tone the vagus nerve to experience calm and put ourselves in the right mindset for self-regulation.
Reflection and Introspection
Students will have silent reflection time to journal and observe their own mental state at their own speed (brain fluency). Journal questions will prompt students to evaluate their choices and afford them the opportunity to change their perspective about unhealthy habits.
We Also Cater to Students with Accommodations.
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Dr. Whitney Griffin
Dr. Griffin’s purpose is to reunite the brain’s functions with the body’s signals. As a Learning Scientist in the interdisciplinary field of educational psychology, she studies how people learn. This allows her to weave mindfulness into the academic curriculum by providing students with tools for cognitive, emotional, and physical adaptability. This type of I-can’t-do-this-but-I-can-do-that mentality is a change in mindset that sets students up for success in the ever changing fluidity of life. Research on neuroplasticity has revealed that our thoughts can change the material structure of our brains. This has profound implications for how educators examine anew the nature of teaching methods and curricula of all disciplines! Her educational pedagogy melds executive functions with yoga and meditation so that students are motivated to perceive themselves as lifelong learners.
HOW CAN I ENROLL IN A YOGA CLASS NEAR ME?
Mindfulness, meditation, and other self-regulation practices are not commonly offered in an education setting, or with a neuropsychological foundation. The MEG Learning Center provides a holistic approach to yoga and mindfulness that serves as an essential support of our academic support programs. For more information on our Yoga and Meditation courses in West Los Angeles, call us at (424) 276-1524 or email us at email@example.com.
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