Q: How long do the classes go for?

A: Class length can be tailored to suit the length of the timetabled lesson. However, in order to ensure maximum student engagement, a class would not exceed 60 minutes.

If timetabled class length is 45 minutes or less it is recommended to organise the incursion when there is a double period, so the yoga class is not rushed.

Time at the beginning and the end of the lesson would need to be allowed to change from uniform into sporting clothes and back again into uniform.

For example a 70 minute period would look like this:

10 minutes: students arrive from previous class, get changed, set up room

50 minutes: Japanese yoga class (incorporating target language and cultural elements)

5 minutes: Q and A

5 minutes: Students change back into uniform for next lesson, tidy up mats

Q: What does the school need to provide for the yoga class?

  1. An open space (such as a gymnasium, auditorium or classroom/multi media room where furniture can be cleared and students can lie down)
  2. Mats -usually they can be borrowed from PDHPE Department

Q: Where does the lesson take place?

A: In a spacious, relatively private space such as a school auditorium, gymnasium or large classroom where furniture can be moved.

Q: What do students wear?

A: PDHPE Uniform or comfortable sports clothes

Q: I want separate classes for Year 7, 8, 9,10,11,12 in the one day. Is this possible?

A: There is a maximum of 3 classes run per day. This is because the nature of Japanese yoga is very healing and to teach it requires intense focus and presence from the instructor. Any more than 3 classes in 1 day would compromise the energetic quality of the lesson and the students’ experience of it. It would be suggested to break the Year groups up into stages. For example, Year 7,8 combined; years 9,10 combined and years 11,12 are combined.

Q: What is the maximum amount of students you will teach at one time?

A: The maximum number of students will be determined by the size of the space available. For example, if the school auditorium is the largest space at the school and it can fit 150 students lying down on yoga or gym mats, then 150 students would be the maximum.

Q: I would like to organise a school visit, but the total number of students is only 20. Can you cater for this?

A: This can be arranged. Minimum cost is $330 flat fee for a school visit. Alternatively, you could combine the class with other language subjects as part of a Cultural Day, for example.

Q: What is the Japanese language component of the class?

A: The language content varies according to the age and language skills of the group. In most cases, there would be an easy to follow (demonstrated) warm up in the target language. The body of the class would be conducted in English and the class would end in the target language, also. Please see the worksheet section for pre and post class language support.

Q: The students already study yoga as part of their PDHPE Program. How is Japanese Yoga different to other yoga styles?

A: Japanese Yoga (Zen Ki Yoga®) is completely different to other yoga styles.
Ways that it differ include:

  • it is quite dynamic and therefore engaging for students. It works with balancing tension of muscles vs release of muscles
  • there is focus on bringing the energy down to its ‘natural’ home in the Hara (a specific part of the lower belly- considered the centre of the physical and emotional body in Japanese Yoga and Eastern approaches to health)
  • we are working with the 12 meridians – energy lines- that run through the body. For the most part the emphasis is on the ‘integrity’ of the pose in order to work effectively into the specific meridian (rather than how high/wide you can get your leg, etc).
  • Zen Ki Yoga® works with the 5 Element Theory of seasons/elements/ eating appropriately for each season.
  • there is focus on balancing Yin/Yang energy. For example, to release muscle tension, you must first create tension and then stretch it.