Yoga in Schools joins forces with te reo Māori

  • Te Waipounamu

Ko 'Yoga in Schools Aotearoa' he kaupapa whakapakari tinana mo ngā kura, pakeke hoki ki roto i Ōtautahi. He kaupapa e whakaako ana i te reo Māori, ā, e ai ki te kaiako, kia Letesha Hallett he huarahi pai hei whāngai i te reo.

He tū 'whare tapa-toru' te mahi a ēnei tauira.

E whā tau ki muri nei te whakaaro 'Yoga in Schools' i toko ake i a Letesha. E ai ki a ia he maha ngā akoranga o roto mo ngā tamariki o Ōtautahi.

“The programme that I've created is linked in with the current NZ te whare tapawhā. So the key components are nicely linked in to that, so they're able to learn the movements so they're able to focus on their wellbeing, the physical components as well as the te reo.'”

Ko te reo Māori te reo e arahi ana i tēnei waka. E mea ana a Letesha he mama mā ana tauira, Pākeha mai, Māori mai hoki ki te mau i ngā kupu.

“For some kids that know no te reo, they're actually able to pick up concepts through the movement that I've been teaching them, so it's a lot better for lifelong learning so it's substantial and they're able to learn a lot more through moving.”

He hākinakina pai mā ngā tamariki tae noa ki ngā kaumātua. Ko te manako a Letesha ka aro mai a Ngāi Māori o roto o Ōtautahi, me Aotearoa whānui ki ēnei mahi.

“What I found after the earthquakes here in Christchurch, the kids didn't know what to do when earthquakes happened so they weren't taught breathing techniques or any kind of skills to calm themselves mentally. So I think Yoga has been really good for them and being able to use some of those skills.”