Subject: Character Education, Social Skills, Classroom Community, Back to School
Grade Levels: 2nd-8th, Home-school
File Type: PDF, 413 KB, 4 pages
There Are Consequences to My Actions: A Social Skills Yoga Brain Break is part of a series of brain breaks that will focus on a variety of social skills that school aged children, elementary through adolescents, need as they move through life. This brain break is a page and a half yoga sequence that guides students through a variety of fun yoga poses, from basic to a few lesser known or slightly more challenging poses, focusing on the consequences of our choices. Because this sequence is a little more “wordy” than most of my other yoga brain breaks, with more explanation, I felt it was more appropriate for grades 2nd through 5th and even into middle school. The poses are appropriate for all elementary and the verbal prompts could easily be adapted for younger grades. Great for back to school or as a reminder anytime during the school year to review consequences or cause and effect of personal choices.
Students are often reminded of consequences of poor choices but not of good choices: “When I make good choices, I may feel relaxed and be able to go with the flow easier. These are positive consequences. Start in mountain pose. Bend forward into rag doll pose. Let your head and arms hang loose.” AND “When it is hard to make a good choice, I can move my body to change my mood. Do wood chopper pose. Stand tall with arms over head, like you are holding an axe. Inhale……Swing arms down between legs with a big exhale and a grunt or whooshing sound. Stand up and repeat 2 more times.”
This sequence points out the positive consequences of good choices and strategies to use, such as taking balloon breaths, squeezing putty or even yourself in lemon squeeze pose, to calm the body and make better choices. Of course all this moving gets oxygen flowing to the brain and in turn increases focus and concentration following this activity. The sequence begins and ends with calming balloon breaths and a fun wood chopper breath in the middle.
Yoga, when used as a brain break, helps with classroom management and behaviors giving students the ability to physically move around, expend some energy, notice their feelings in the moment without labeling them as good or bad, practice mindfulness, as well as calm and activate the brain to increase focus for the remainder of the school day.
The Boardmaker pictures can be easily displayed on an interactive white board or printed and used with a document camera. The pictures are appropriate and accessible for students of varying abilities and across multiple grade levels.
I hope you enjoy this activity again and again with your students and/or children,