Monday Boosters helping staff at Galion Intermediate
Every Monday afternoon after a long day educating young minds, Galion Intermediate School staff members have the opportunity to relax and unwind before beginning their evening routine.
How are they doing it? A new yoga program called “Monday Boosters” led by yoga instructor Alison Turnbaugh, co-owner and instructor at Evolve Studio in Belleville and Mansfield.
“I met Alison three years ago while she was still teaching and enjoying the summer pilates schedule in Ontario,” said third grade teacher Kim Chandler. “I contacted Alison last spring about piloting a student-focused yoga program to help about a dozen students at the Intermediate School with attention, emotional and behavior issues.”
The students in the pilot program showed noticeable improvement in attitude and behavior, and the Intermediate School intends to start the student-focused program during the second nine weeks of the current school year. Staff members have been engaged in their yoga program since the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
“The staff members are experiencing physical benefits, strengthening, stretching and working on balance,” said Turnbaugh. “The staff is also gaining mental benefits by taking 1 hour out of their day to recharge and bring peace within themselves.”
The yoga program for staff and students is part of The Leader in Me program, which encourages a "pause" between emotions and reactions. Staff who participate can practice "being present" in order to provide the best service to Galion students and the community.
“Anyone who participates in a yoga practice gains physical benefits as well as they are also learning to deepen their breath and relax their minds,” said Turnbaugh. “A yoga practice requires a mind-body connection and everyone can benefit from recharging their minds regularly.”