After talking to a few guidance counselors lately about their experiences with integrating yoga activities, I thought it might be helpful to share some tips on how to teach yoga on Zoom—especially if you’re working one-on-one with a student or in a small group.
Social-emotional learning has become a major focus in schools all over the world this year as a result of the mental health crisis caused by the pandemic. One way we can build children’s resilience and self-regulation skills is through short and simple yoga and mindfulness activities.
With the new online learning experience, teachers are aiming to have children relate to Zoom classes as “fun.” As my daughter’s guidance counselor said the other day, they hope to engage children by having “good thoughts and good feelings” about remote learning. And we can do this by playing engaging yoga and mindfulness games—to have them playing games, sharing their emotions, moving their bodies, and listening to meditations.
10-Minute Yoga Ideas for Zoom Class
Below, you’ll find quick and easy ways to add yoga to your one-on-one or small group Zoom classes:
- Make your own DIY yoga games
- Play games with yoga cards
- Practice various chair yoga poses
- Do a mindfulness activity together
- Play yoga card games with dice
- Have a chat while coloring mandalas
- Read a yoga book and act out poses
- Practice simple breathing exercises
- Design a community service project
- Pick a positive affirmation to discuss
- Practice a themed 5-pose flow
- Read aloud a guided meditation story
These are just ideas to spark your imagination—make sure you’re signed up to receive our weekly Kids Yoga Stories newsletter, where we share yoga tips, printable, and kids yoga resources.
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This digital yoga and mindfulness workbook is a wonderful resource to easily integrate these much-needed practices into your classroom – whether it’s in-person, virtually, or a hybrid of both. And, to do so within just 10 minutes a day!
The ready-to-use workbook contain everything you need to do yoga in just 10 minutes a day for 16 weeks of the school year. It’s super easy to use. Just download, print, and play! And if you’re teaching virtually, you can easily share it online with your students and families!
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