Date Action Research Paper Completed

6-2021

Document Type

Action Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education

Department

Education-Rochester

Capstone Advisor

Joel Traver

City

Rochester

Abstract

This study consisted of 15 participants in a kindergarten classroom. Participants were involved in an intervention where they participated in mindful yoga instruction. Mindful yoga instruction refers to the concentration on the present moment in time (Germer, 2004) and consisting of yoga poses that involve stretching in combination with the inhalation and exhalation of the breath (Field, 2011). The yoga instruction was given to participants for ten minutes a day, every day, for a four-week long duration. This intervention was given by the classroom teacher (researcher) and was conducted before participants’ whole-group math lesson. The data collected reflects the impact that mindful yoga instruction had on participants’ academic stamina (or focus) during whole-group math instruction, emotional self-regulation, and overall emotional well-being. The data tools were designed to reflect the amount of growth in participants’ academic stamina, the reflection participants had on their own self-regulation, focus, and emotional well-being, and teacher anecdotal notes on participants’ self-regulation during the given lesson.

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