It is an exciting time for yoga in education!
The first Instill conference in 2015 which successfully opened up the conversation about yoga, well-being and education, and the related research. In 2016 we focused especially on the practicalities involved in implementing yoga in educational contexts. In 2017 we are going to go deeper into this, introducing some practical workshops as well as the debates and talks of previous years. We also have a panel run by teenagers that will explore their perceptions of yoga, education and society.
During the previous conferences and since, we have seen a lot of evidence of these benefits. Furthermore, it is clear that schools are beginning to notice the value of yoga. Figures from the Department of Education in 2010 indicate that 22% of primary schools offered yoga in some form in the UK at that time. Over the intervening years it has become increasingly available in secondary schools. The practice of yoga for young people is extending and consolidating, here and in other countries.
A forum for everyone
With this in mind, the Instill conference aims to offer a forum for everyone working with yoga in education. This includes schools interested in offering yoga as well as PE teachers and yoga teachers.
Our overreaching aim with this conference is to promote interest in the practice of yoga in educational contexts, especially secondary schools. The discussion will focus on practical ways of grounding our practice in both the ancient wisdom of yoga and cutting-edge scientific research. Our hope is to inspire future research and development in these areas.
The Instill conference is an invitation to come together and explore current practices and research findings in the field. We aim to develop a coherent, powerful and unified voice for yoga in education and identify and share good practice in yoga in schools.
From why to how
Yoga is rising to the challenges of helping schools respond to PSHE outlines. It offers a response to Ofsted’s focus on Social and Emotional Learning and the requirement to deliver Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural guidance. The conference offers a valuable opportunity to explore these challenges. We are moving forward from a focus on why do yoga, to how.
Instill is now in its third year, and in response to requests from last years’ participants, we have changed the location. This is so as to have spaces appropriate for practical workshops as well as the talks and discussions that charactersied previous years. Our aim is to provide plenty of space for reflection, practice and conversation. The central idea is to promote interaction and exchange of ideas, so that all the voices are heard.
You can see the schedule here.
Please join us, details are here.
The conference is organised in collaboration with Teen Yoga, The Special Yoga Centre, Minded Institute, Yoga Campus, Independent Yoga Network and Yoga United.