Take a 5-Minute Yoga Break
Relax and rejuvenate with a series of Yoga stretches chosen especially for classroom teachers!
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Yoga means union. Returning to wholeness, therefore, is the essential meaning of Yoga. We welcome you to try out the different poses below, all of which are designed to center you and boost your energy before students arrive, after lunch, or at the end of a busy day. Before you begin each pose, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Let your stomach expand as you inhale, and relax as you exhale.
For more in-depth breathing and strengthening techniques, see "Centering, Breath Work, and Core Stabilization" above.
Stand next to chair and hold back hand. Inhale, pressing through crown of head, becoming tall. Keeping knees together, bend right knee and clasp ankle. Roll both shoulders back and down, feeling chest expand. Breathe evenly and draw right heel toward hamstring. If needed, loop a strap around ankle to assist stretch. Repeat stretch with left leg.
Do this seated dog/cat combination slowly 4–6 times.
Important: To reduce risk of injury, never force or strain. Consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program.