Yoga Breaks

A Yoga Break is a quick and effective way of changing or focusing the physical and mental state of the learners in your group. They are also useful tools for students to help focus, activate, energize and stimulate their brains. These are classroom management must-haves!

Songs

Here are a few of our favorite songs from our original collection of music. You can find the poses you need to know and the lyrics at the links provided. Want more music? Purchase more songs from our Shop.

SongAge RangeTimeBenefit
A Yogi Went to SeaPrimary, Elementary4 minutesA great workout for the belly!
The Yoga SlidePrimary, Elementary, Intermediate6 minutesAll ages love this one and will ask for it over and over again!
Joggin’ Thru the JunglePrimary, Elementary5 minutesThis one will help release a lot of excess energy that kids just sometimes don’t know how to manage.
Games

Whether you have just one partner or a whole classroom of friends, playing a Yoga game gets your body moving, your mind active, and your smile shining.

GameAge RangeTimeBenefit
Zip Zap ZopPrimary, Elementary, IntermediateTeacher’s ChoiceStudents practice focus and concentration.
Directions: Stand in mountain pose in a circle. Hands in wishin’ position but pointing out ready to be able to shoot a hand out to the person you are ZIP ZAP ZOPPING. The first person says ZIP and points one of their hands towards anybody else in the circle. That person receives the ZIP and ZAPS another person making the same movement with one of their hands. That person receives the ZAP and ZOPS another person and so on and so on. Go faster and faster to make it more challenging.
Yogi SaysPrimary, Elementary, IntermediateTeacher’s ChoiceClassroom management made fun…If you begin a round of Yogi Says in the hallway, we betcha your line will be the best in the school!
Directions: Just like Simon says but with yoga poses. Try it in the classroom or during hallway transitions. Even more of a motivation is to look for a great listener who can be the next Yogi for the Yogi Says game.​
Around the Yoga WorldElementary, IntermediateTeacher’s ChoiceNot only are you reinforcing yoga poses and encouraging fun, but you are improving fluency of sight words!​
Directions: Make flashcards with only the names of the poses. Flash the card at a pair of facing-off children. The first one to correctly demonstrate the pose is the winner of the round and moves on to the next child. Once a child wins, they trade seats and continue on, attempting to make it Around the Yoga World.
Meditation

Meditation is a practice that trains the mind to settle down. Our mind has been described as a crazy monkey being stung by scorpions, jumping from branch to branch and never sticking with a thought or activity very long. Our minds crave a way to be still. Through meditation, children learn how to focus even when there is chaos and activity around them.

MeditationAge RangeTimeBenefit
Peace Begins with MePrimary, Elementary, IntermediateTeacher’s ChoiceHelps students focus. Let older kids choose their own four words to repeat if these don’t suit their intention.
Directions: Using both hands, touch your thumb to each finger (index, middle, ring, pinky) and say each word: “Peace begins with me.” Keep moving your fingers as you repeat the words several times out loud, then as a whisper, and then only in your mind.
Walking MeditationElementary, IntermediateTeacher’s ChoicePromotes focus and mindful behavior.
Directions: Walk very slowly feeling each part of your foot, or shoe, as it touches the ground. Focus on something just in front of your eyes. Take your time. Shhhh.. no talking.
Laughing MeditationPrimary, Elementary, Intermediate3 minutes (or more)Promotes relaxation and mindful behavior.​
Directions: Lie on your back or sit back in your chair and laugh, laugh, laugh! If you have trouble at first, remember a funny thing or think of something ridiculous. Or, make up silly laughs (like monster giggles or witch cackles). Once you start, more laughter will build up. Laugh for a few minutes. When you stop, notice how still and quiet your body and mind are.
Breath Awareness

Breath is your most portable form of stress-management. A nice, long breath triggers the body’s relaxation response, giving children time to consider their reactions to a stimulus. Emotional-regulation and peace of mind, all in a simple and fun breath!

BreathAge RangeTimeBenefit
Bunny BreathPrimary, Elementary, Intermediate1-2 minutesProvides an energy boost when feeling tired or lazy.
Directions: Sit up tall. Inhale 3 sips of air through your nose and exhale once through your mouth. Repeat 3 times.
Bumble Bee BreathPrimary, Elementary, Intermediate1-2 minutesGreat for stimulating brain activity.
Directions: Close your eyes. Put your index fingers over the upper eyelids, middle fingers under the lower eyelids, touching your nose. The ring fingers set over your upper lip. The pinky fingers rest under your lower lip. Close your ear flaps with your thumbs and say BUZZZZZZ, HUMMMMMM or OMMMMMM. Feel the vibration in your head. Primary variation: Cover your face with your hands and close your ear flaps with your thumbs.
Worry BubblesPrimary, Elementary2-3 minutesHelps to collectively focus on the present.​
Directions: Take out your imaginary piece of bubble gum. Chew it up. Then blow all of your worries into the bubble. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth as you blow the bubble. When all of your worries are in your bubble, throw the gum away. Goodbye worries!
Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly active or get overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. When we’re mindful, we reduce stress, enhance performance, gain insight and awareness through observing our own mind, and increase our attention to others’ well-being.

MindfulnessAge RangeTimeBenefit
Pom Pom PoppersElementary, IntermediateTeacher’s ChoiceThis promotes focus, concentration, and consistency.
Directions: Cup your two hands together, palms up, with a pom pom in the “bowl” you’ve made. Then gently “pop” the pom pom into the air and flip your hands so the palms are down. Catch the pom pom with the bowl the back of your hands have made. Then toss the pom pom again and flip the hands back to the original bowl, palms up, and catch the pom pom once more. Repeat and add pom poms as you become better. You have to pay close attention to your hands, the pom pom and how hard you toss it.
Name 3Primary, Elementary, Intermediate3 minutesPromotes mindful awareness of one’s surrounding environment.
Directions: Either sitting or standing, name or write down three things you can hear, three things you can smell, three things you can see and three things you can feel.
Mindful ColoringPrimary, Elementary, IntermediateTeacher’s ChoiceColoring calms the mind and keeps us focused.​
Directions: Simple coloring books, mandalas, or more intricate designs all provide a path to mindfulness. Print some out to have on hand when you need them.
How do I use a Yoga Break?

Yoga Breaks vary in length, purpose, and age appropriateness. This makes it super easy to build countless personalized breaks for your students based on their needs.

Yoga BreakDirectionsBenefit
Teacher’s ChoiceYou choose based on the needs of your students or because you want to introduce a new Yoga Break for the first time.The teacher keeps total control.
Popsicle SticksPlace the names of the various Yoga Breaks on popsicle sticks in a jar. Either the teacher or student chooses a stick and the class does it! Continue to add sticks to the jar as you try new breaks.The teacher is gradually releasing responsibility to the students and has a surprise factor that keeps kids engaged.
SpinnerCreate a spinner with however many segments you want. Write the name of a different Yoga Break in each segment. Have a student spin the spinner to choose the next Yoga Break.The teacher can selectively choose the activities based on need while the students still think they are calling the shots.

  

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