child meditatingYoga in schools is becoming more popular with teachers every day. Classroom yoga can teach children to calm, regulate, and care for themselves. It brings focus to a child’s life and prepares them for classroom activities, calms them down in times of anxiety, and gives them an inner peace that’s often missing in younger children. As a teacher, you can use these exercises in your classroom on a daily basis. Use this entire routine or selected exercises to help your classroom focus on a daily basis!


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Mindful Brain Breaks
When you have a class of energetic kids, getting them back to thinking about the classroom is the Four Hands exercises. Have the children sit at their desks and work through these four steps.

1. Brake. Have the kids press the palms of their hands together firmly and tell them to concentrate all their excess energy in this exercise.

2. Breathe. Have the kids put their hands lightly resting on their belly button and then breathe deeply, letting the air expand their stomach area. Let them take 3-5 deep breaths, concentrating on the inhale and exhale.

3. Brain. Put both hands on the back of the head and press down slightly. Tell the kids that they are activating the brain, helping to stabilize their minds.

4. Body. The final step is for the kids to cross their arms in front of the body and then apply pressure, as if they’re hugging themselves. The slight pressure on the arms and shoulders grounds the children and gives them a feeling of security.


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This is a great way to help your active class calm down after recess or to get them ready for a long stretch of schoolwork. But, if you’re about to delve into a challenging or new topic, try some of these fun exercises to help center your classroom.

Try the Growing Mountain pose. Have the kids stand up and then clasp their hands together. Breathe In and extend the arms forward and then raise until the palms are facing the ceiling. Then, have them stretch and feel themselves growing taller as they reduce the stress in the head, neck and shoulders. Breathe out as they bring their arms down. Repeat this 4-5 times. Variation: You can also have them bend their arms to each side slightly.

Another great one is the Grounding pose. Have them sit comfortably in their desks and take several deep breaths. Cross one leg over the other and then place both hands palms up with the thumbs touching the first fingers and rest the hands gently on the legs. Hold for a few seconds and then cross the other leg and repeat.


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One final pose is the Restore pose. This is a great one to use as a mental and physical detox before returning to work. Simply cross the arms and them place them on the desk. Then slowly lean forward to rest the head on the crossed arms. Make sure that both feet are firmly on the floor.


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These simple poses are easy and fun ways to make your classroom a focused and mindful environment. At TheYogaKids, we want to ensure that each teacher has a variety of exercises to keep a classroom free of anxiety and concentrated on their daily school. Incorporate these exercises into your classroom and you’ll start to see noticeable improvements!


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