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Preventive yoga for teachers?

Teaching: a noble and complex mission

The teaching profession is crucial for the future of any society. It comes in multiple roles that must be carried out simultaneously  : a teacher designs his lessons and he plays them in class  ; he manages groups of students to maintain a work dynamic  ; he corrects several hundred copies per year and analyzes the profile of his students  in class council  ; he receives parents to advise them and understand their expectations. Noble profession, which requires teachers to be in turn teacher, didactician, educator, corrector, pedagogical adviser, at a time when teaching is evolving towards new practices emphasizing teamwork and adapted pedagogies to each student.


The teacher's natural stress

As in all demanding professions, the complexity of the assignments naturally generates stress for the teacher, which can be a stimulant provided it is mastered and oriented towards ever more effective and serene professional involvement. But, if the inner tension is not overcome, it degenerates into chronic stress which empties the teacher of the psychic energy and the tone which are essential to him to carry out his mission.  ; and it can go, in certain cases, until provoking  diseases of civilization  »  such as cardiovascular diseases, sleep disorders, musculoskeletal ailments, even burnout.



How can yoga exercises effectively help teachers to control their daily professional stress, so that it remains, for them, a good stimulus  ? How does yoga help, throughout the school year, to really restore psychic energy  ? How does he manage to maintain and develop physical tone, and thus prevent these diseases that arise from stress and sometimes force professionals to stop during the year?  ?

So many questions that our training, both theoretical and practical, answers based on conventional medicine and the latest scientific studies – whether American, European or Russian. By following our yoga program,


  1. Teachers will choose yoga exercises adapted to their psycho-physiological profile

  2. They will understand how the yoga postures deeply relax the body and the mind from the nervous tensions accumulated during the teaching days.

  3. They will develop the psychic energy and physical tone they need to take on their job in all its complexity.

  4. They will learn to better inhabit their bodies and will thus be able to stand in a more relaxed and dynamic way in front of their classes.

  5. Finally, the exercises of yoga will participate in the prevention of diseases that result from chronic stress.



At a time when a significant number of students and young teachers are turning away from the teaching career, our yoga program wants to contribute to the well-being of teachers, experienced or not, who want to make stress management a major asset. .


The advantages of our training


1. Personalized training: thanks to targeted yoga exercises, adapted to each person's personal profile, teachers will learn how to turn their stress at work into a stimulant that does not degenerate into chronic fatigue or burnout.


2.  Training centered on well-being at work: the teachers meet together not to work on a project but to benefit from training centered on their needs and their physical and psychological well-being. They will be able to develop a new team spirit to positively influence student motivation. Some simple yoga exercises can be reinvested in class to help students focus.


3.  Yoga and its psychological benefits: the yoga exercises offered, both physical and respiratory, are coupled with an introduction to the effects of meditation on the activity of neurons in the brain. They allow teachers to effectively relieve the mind of professional stress and thus make themselves more open to new teaching practices.


4.  Yoga and its physical benefits: participants will learn how to maintain or restore good tone thanks to the same yoga exercises that relieve the body of the fatigue that naturally accumulates during the teaching days and particularly at the end of the term.  


5. Preventive interest of the training: Participants will understand how yoga exercises help prevent diseases of civilization linked to chronic stress, such as cardiovascular diseases, musculoskeletal pain, sleep disorders, or burn -out. They will also learn to avoid back pain that can appear in teachers adopting a bad sitting position to correct their exams or prepare their lessons.

6. Intellectual and scientific interest of the training: the participants will discover the scientific foundations of yoga and will be able to learn about a reasoned practice adapted to their profile. The conferences will give them a wealth of knowledge that they will be able to enjoy all their life, and they will understand the fascinating game that the organs, stimulated by the postures, maintain between them.

Our six preventive yoga sessions

to tame professional stress


Session #1: Maintaining your well-being. Addressed points :

1. How can stress stimulate our personal development? (from the work of Hans Selye)

2. What are the sources of stress and how to choose the right solution to adapt to them?

3. Why is the combination of physical and respiratory practices so effective in controlling stress?

4. Which Ayurvedic food supplements prevent certain health problems?

5. Practical session (initiation into the postures + relaxation)


Session #2: Prevention of stress-related musculoskeletal ailments. Addressed points :

1. Introduction to human muscle physiology (principles of training and recovery)

2. The effects of Yoga practices (postures) on the body (energetic, mechanical, useful stress)

3. Know how to protect the health of the spine and get rid of back pain.

4. Practices to improve the work of our organism (digestion, elimination of toxins, absorption of nutrients, etc.)

5. Practical session (postures with explanations + relaxation session).


Session #3: Prevention of stress-related cardiovascular problems Points covered:

1. Our heart (principles of work, training, rest, and prevention of heart problems.

2. How to strengthen the vascular system?

3. Principles of "cardio" work in Yoga and elsewhere (running, cycling, bodybuilding, etc.)

4. Other effects of Yoga practices on the organism (kinesthetic, humoral, motor-visceral).

5. Practical session (postures with explanations + relaxation session).


Session #4: Prevention of problems related to poor breathing. Addressed points :

1. The 8 factors that determine the absorption of oxygen in our body.

2. How is oxygen deficiency related to overweight?   

3. Where does the craving for sweets come from, understand its danger and importance?

4. The key factors of the vascular system: preventing its aging.

5. Practical session (5 exercises to develop our respiratory system).


Session #5: Introduction to meditative practices. Addressed points :

1. Introduction to the neurology of breathing (how does our brain manage breathing?)

2. Know how to optimize cardiac work and blood pressure through breathing. 

3. Introduction to the practices of Pranayama (the physiological principles and the usefulness of breath control)    

4. Other techniques for the development of concentration and relaxation.

5. Practical session: Morning program for 10min + Evening program 15min.


Session #6: Getting to know each other better. Addressed points :

1. Our psycho-physiological portrait: why are we so different?

2. The three types of personalities, according to their reactions, developments, interests and problems

3. How by better understanding each other we become more tolerant and more effective?

4. Food advice explained for each profile: improve your digestion, relaxation and concentration.

5. Concrete advice, from Yoga or sport according to your profile, with a practical session (breathing + postures + relaxation)

The course of the sessions in brief


  1. Session format: the cycle includes six sessions of 3 hours each (theory + practice) + questions. That is 18 hours of training in all.

  2. For who ? The sessions bring together between ten and fifteen teachers, registered in advance. In each session, theory and practice are combined, depending on the topics covered (oxygenation, hydration, digestion, etc.). If some participants prefer not to take part in yoga exercises or sports activities, they can simply attend the classes and decide to participate according to their will.  

  3. Where ? Sessions can take place directly in schools, in a classroom or meeting room, with windows. There will be chairs and tables for participants and a video projector.

  4. When ? The sessions are scheduled according to the schedules of the participants and the requirements of the establishments. They can take place one or two evenings a week, after class, or on Wednesday afternoons. It is also possible to schedule part of the training during school holidays.

  5. Material. Participants are invited, before each session, to download and print an explanatory document in PDF (5 or 6 pages). If they wish, they can come with a notebook where they can take notes. Clothing suitable for sports practice is strongly recommended for practical exercises.

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