Date of Graduation

5-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Nursing

Advisor

Shreve, Marilou

Reader

Scott, Allison

Second Reader

McNeill, Charleen

Abstract

This study looked at the impact ten minutes of daily yoga had on the behavior of elementary school children. Yoga was led by classroom teachers once daily for ten minutes over a sixteen-week period. At weeks one, eight, and sixteen, classroom teachers evaluated student behavior in six categories: personal awareness, attention, rapport with friends, rapport with teacher, following rules and transition between activities. The teachers rated the behaviors on a never, sometimes, mostly or always scale. The data was then analyzed and interpreted. Results revealed a significant difference in the attention, ability to follow rules, transition between activities, and personal awareness from the beginning of the yoga implementation to the eight-week evaluation. Results suggest that implementing yoga into daily routines for elementary school students will improve their behavior.

Keywords

yoga, elementary school children, behavior, yoga in school, children behavior, elementary classroom behavior

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