Yoga helped me with my ISAT test by calming me down because I was so nervous.
- Third Grade Student
How To Create a Class Yoga Routine
Start the year off on the right (or left) foot by using yoga to build rapport among your students. Have them create a short “Class Yoga Routine,” with each student contributing a pose or movement. Student relationships and trust are established as they work together, and it’s a great opportunity to let each student shine individually while your whole class achieves a common goal. Perform your routine when you need to reiterate classroom respect or as a daily reminder. And share it with others!
Class Yoga Routine Directions
Have students arrange themselves in a large circle or standing next to their desk. Pick a student to begin, asking them to demonstrate the yoga pose of their choice. Continue around the circle or the room until everyone has shown their pose (if you have a lot of students you might partner them and have 2 students pick 1 pose to demonstrate).
Make sure they think of a way to get into their pose from the one before it (transition).
If you have 10 students (or 20 students partnered), you might have a routine that looks like this:
- Mountain pose
- Forward Bend
- Downward Dog
- Warrior I
- Warrior II
- Wide-Leg Forward Bend
Keep the order of the routine posted somewhere in the classroom until everyone knows it - or challenge your students to perform it from memory!
When to Use Your Class Yoga Routine
- In the morning or after lunch to wake up everyone's bodies and brains
- To diffuse classroom conflict such as teasing, bullying or cliques as a reminder of what can be achieved through teamwork and cooperation
- Before or after tests and heavy concentration activities as a focus, relaxation or reward activity