Classroom Yoga (Classroom Physical Activity Breaks)

Classroom Yoga (Classroom Physical Activity Breaks)


[ Silence ] You guys are going to listen
to my directions, and you’re going to — if I tell you to use your chair, you’re
going to need to be by your chair. But otherwise, you’re going to be
just on the floor, okay? So this is a yoga session that’s
going to get us from silly to calm so that we can
be ready to learn, okay? Because sometimes we get extra silly
in our bodies, and we need to get out the silly wiggles,
and this is what’s going to get us rid of those silly wiggles, okay? So the first thing that I want you guys
to do is the Bunny Breath, okay? And I want you guys to kneel
on the floor. Goodbye. Okay. We’re going to do
the Bunny Breath, okay? And we’re going to
twitch our noses like a bunny. Can you guys show me
your bunny twitches? Okay. And you’re going to take
four quick breaths in through your nose —
your bunny nose. And then you’re going to breath out
through your mouth in a long, smooth sigh, okay? So we’re just going to do this
four times with four breaths in… …hooo.
Bunny breath. …hooo.
Two more. And one more. Okay.
Stand up, please. And now we’re going to energize
our bodies, and we’re going to reach for the sun, okay? And we’re going to stand
with our feet shoulder-width apart. And we’re going to
reach up for the sun. And we’re going to pull it down
into our basket, okay? So we’re going to go up… …and pull it down into our basket.
And up. And pull the sunshine
in our baskets. And up. Big breath, and out. And pull that sunshine in. And one more.
Pull it. All right.
Nice, big breaths. And this one we’re going to do is
Shake Like Jelly and untie our knots. So first of all, though, we need to pull
and untie all of our knots. And we’re going to untie the knots
that are in our jaws and we’re going to
loosen them up like this. Okay? And then we’re going to
untie the knots in our neck. And we’re going to roll our neck
and make it all nice and loose. And then we’re going to
untie the knots in our shoulders and get those all loosened up. And we’re going to
untie the knots at our waist. And we’re going to
get those all nice and loose. And untie the knots in your hips
and get those all nice and loose. And the ones in your knees,
get those all untied. Okay.
So we’re all loose. And then we’re going to
shake our bodies like jelly. You’re going to just go crazy.
Just shake-shake-shake-shake-shake- shake-shake-shake-shake-shake-
shake-shake-shake-shake-shake- shake-shake-shake-shake-shake. Okay. And freeze.
Okay. All right.
Careful of your neighbors, though. Okay. Now this one I want you to do —
remember the Pedal Laughing? – Yeah.
– Have a seat in your chairs. Okay.
Have a seat in your chairs. Now, I’m not going to do this one
because I have a skirt on. But I want all of you guys to
show everybody else how nicely you can lean back
and pedal and laugh. Laugh, laugh.
Get all your sillies out. [Laughter]
Laugh. Laugh. Laugh. Let me see you laugh.
Laugh. Are you laughing? Laugh. [ Laughter ] Okay. All right. Very nice.
Very nice. Okay. We are going to do the Volcano.
Stand up. Or you can sit in your chair,
or you can stand. Whichever one you would like to do. Whatever you feel
most comfortable doing. You may sit or stand, okay? So what we’re going to do is
you breath in, and you think about a volcano exploding
at the very top, okay? So you’re going to breath in
through your nose. And explode out
through your mouth — phhhh! Breath in through your nose. Phhhh! – [Inaudible].
– Uh-huh. Breath in through your nose. Let me see, [Louis]. And out. Breath in through your nose,
one more. Very, very nice.
Okay. Do you guys remember Tree? – Yeah.
– Yes. – Yeah.
– Okay. Stand with your arms — whoops.
Not yet. Stand with your legs
shoulder-width apart. Okay. Now if you need to have
the support of your chair, you can get the
support of your chair. Otherwise — here, this chair’s
not going to work. Otherwise you can try to balance
with your foot on the ground. Otherwise, if you feel like you can,
bring one leg up and reach your finger tops
to the sun and balance. If you need to stand with the support
of your chair, you can. Reach. Reach. Concentrate on something in the room
and stare at it so that your concentration and focus
is engaged, okay? Switch your legs.
Bring your arms down. We’re going to switch our legs.
Arms down. And now balance your foot
on your leg or on the ground. And reach your finger tops
to the sunshine. Reach your leafy treetops
to the sunshine. Yeah. That’s it.
Okay. And then come back down. And now we’re going to calm and quiet
our bodies and be ready to learn. This one is titled Ragdoll Ann & Andy. And what we’re going to do is
you can sit in your chairs. No, sit in a different chair. Sit in your chairs. And what we’re going to do is
we’re going to tighten up — tighten up our body tight. Close your eyes.
Squeeze your eyes tight. Clench your jaw.
Squeeze your jaw. Shrug your shoulders up.
Make it nice and tight. Make fists.
Tighten — tighten your toes. Tighten your leg muscles.
Tighten your tummy. Tighten everything in your body and
squeeze for the count of five. [Children counting along]
One, two, three, four, five. And then relax.
Bend over and let everything just melt like a ragdoll — melt. And hold it here
for the count of five. [Children counting along]
One, two, three, four, five. And then come up. – Ms. Wenzel, when are we
doing the one [inaudible]? – Hm. We’ll do that one
another time maybe. – Awww.
– Oh, please? – Okay. Nope.
The last one we’re going to do — – Is Take Five.
– Is Take Five. This is the last one in our series,
and this is the one that we’re going to help our minds and bodies
be calm and quiet. So you can either sit in your chairs,
which is what I would like for you to do now is to
just sit in your chairs. Or if you want, you can
criss-cross your legs in the chair. Or you can sit on the floor.
That’s fine. But I’d like for you to
it in your chairs if you’d like. That’d be the best. Okay. You ready? You guys ready? Okay. What I want you to do is you can
close your eyes and relax your mind and breath in for the count of five —
or you can keep your eyes open. However you’re most comfortable. And breath in for the count of five.
Ready? And out. And out. Breath in. And out. One more time.
Breath in for five. And out for five. Okay. All of that fresh oxygen is in
our lungs and it has cleared our minds and all of the sillies and the wiggles
are out of our bodies. And our minds, [Louise],
are ready to learn, aren’t they? Okay? All right. – Can we do — can we do the
[inaudible] one? – [Chuckles] Not now. [ Silence ]