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    Founded and directed by Lisa Flynn, E-RYT, RCYT, Yoga 4 Classrooms

    empowers students and educators to create positive, peaceful, productive

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    teacher tipsTeachers Guide

    Copyrig ht 2011 by Yoga 4 Classro omsopyright 2011 by Yoga 4 ClassroomsWritten by Lisa Flynnritten by Lisa Flynn Illustrations by James VaughnIllustrations by James Vaughn Design by Good Girl GraphicsDesign by Good Girl Graphics

    Contributions by Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.ontributions by Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D. Project Management/Contributions by Sharon TrullProject Management/Contributions by Sharon Trull

    Written by Lisa Flynnritten by Lisa FlynnIllustrated by James Vaughnl lustrated by James Vaughn

    Encourage Mindful Awareness Being mindful means paying close attention to what

    we are doing or saying, without judgement. As your students practice the Y4C activities

    (and throughout the rest of their day), encourage them to get into their mindful bodies,

    or to be mindful.

    Be Safe When we are being mindful, we can hear what our bodies are telling us,

    helping us to avoid injuries. Remind your students to listen to their bodies.

    When something hurts, back off or take a break as needed.

    Emphasize the Breath Be sure to emphasize the breathing

    instructions for the greatest benefit.

    Modeling Do and experience the activities along with your students.

    You may find yourself pleasantly surprised at the results of these activities

    on your own state of being!

    Expansion Ideas Referenced as

    you are encouraged to utilize the activity expansion ideas to assist your students

    in integrating the concepts.

    Set a Goal Try setting a goal of using Y4C at morning meeting and/or throughout

    the day, as needed. As you increase use of the activities, begin to notice whether

    the time spent on Y4C is beneficial to the overall productivity and flow of the day.

    Pick a Card Strapped for time? W hen you have have just 1 or 2 minutes, star t

    with a stretch and a breathing exercise, or a quick visualization in Desk Rest Pose.

    In a pinch, close your eyes and pull out a card. Do whichever activity you turn to.

    Your students can try this as well.

    Heres an idea!, Discussion, or Did You Know?,

    Have FunThe intention of Y4C is that it be simple

    and fun to use, ensuring sustainable use.

    You are encouraged to use your own

    imagination and expand upon the activities,

    however you see fit for your particular class

    group and teaching circumstan ces. Th ere are

    no hard and fast rules (outside of safety).

    Have fun with it!

    Empowering Your Students

    When your class or a particular student is feeling anxious, is overly energetic, etc.,

    begin to challenge your students to choose the most relevant and beneficial activities

    for the situation at hand. As your students begin to connect the activities to their

    needs and current states of being, they will be empowered to assist themselves

    while learning to self-regulate both in and out of the classroom.

    Your students will also inevitably have ideas of their own! Whether it is sharing a new

    yoga pose, creating a story for use as an Imagination Vacation, or suggesting a new

    Loosen Up activity, students love to be involved in creating and

    leading the activities. Its a wonderful use of the imagination,

    and can often serve as a educational tie-in, such as a writing

    assignment, or math, social studies, art or science project.

    Try these ideas:

    Idea #1 - Create Your Own Y4C Activity Card

    Have students choose a catagory and create a new

    Y4C Activity Card. Students should write the

    step-by-step instructions, draw the related

    images, and include the benefits of their

    activity. These new activities can then

    become part of the rest of the

    activity deck.

    Idea #2 Plan a Y4C Sequence

    Have students pair off or work in groups

    to create a 2-5 activity sequence for a

    chosen time of the day, or to address aparticu lar imbalance. To get the creative

    juices flowing, have groups answer one

    or more of the following questions:

    When Im frustrated, I can help myself to calm down byand...

    When Im tired, I can give myself a boost of energy by doing

    When I need a break from writing, it can be helpful to

    When my feelings are hurt, I can help myself feel better by

    When Im having a tough time settling down in my seat, I might

    And so on...

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    C a l m . F o c u s . C l a r i t y .

    Balloon Breath

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    did youknow?

    Normally, we use just 25% of our lung capacity when breathing.

    Shallow breathing deprives us of the oxygen we need to

    function at our best. Balloon Breathing calms our bodies,

    while an increased supply of oxygen helps us to

    think more clearly and feel great.

    Imagine you have

    a balloon in your belly.

    Slowly inflate the balloon

    by breathing in through

    your nose. Feel your belly

    expand as your balloon

    fills with air.

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    Slowly deflate

    your balloon by exhaling

    the stale balloon air out

    through your nose.Repeat 4-6 times.

    Notice how you feel.

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    Begin in

    Standing or SittingMountain with a tall,

    straight spine. Close your

    eyes and place your

    hands gently on

    your lower belly.

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    C o o r d i n a t i o n .I n t e g r a t i o n . B r a i n b u i l d e r .

    Do My Best

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    Begin in Standing Mountain.

    Lift your left knee to your right elbow. Lower and switch sides.

    Continue switching back and forth for a minute or so.

    Once this becomes easy for you, try adding the following chant,

    coordinating your movements with the words. Repeat at least 3 times.

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    Did you know? It can be especially useful to practice Do My Best before spelling,writing, listening, reading and comprehension as crossing the midline of the bodycoordinates the information flow between both sides of the brain.

    Switch it up! Try reaching your opposite hand to foot behind you. Lower andswitch sides. Continue switching back and forth for a minute or so.

    Opposite Elbow,

    Opposite Knee.

    I stand up strong,

    Just like a tree.

    I use my mind,

    and body,

    and breath,

    To focus myself,

    and do my BEST!

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    E n e r g i z e . R e l e a s e . C l e a n s e .N e w p e r s p e c t i v e .

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    S t r e t c h . R e l e a s e . R e f r e s h .P o s t u r e p r e p a r a t i o n .

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    Stand behind your desk with your chair pushed in. Place the palms of your

    hands on the middle of your desk.

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    Take a step back and bend forward so that your head comes down betweenyour arms.

    Check your alignment. Your arms and legs should be straight. Your back is

    flat with your hips pressing backward. Your heels are on the floor.

    4. Let your head hang and relax between your arms. Feel the stretch in yourshoulders, arms, hamstrings and calves. Breathe and release into the stretch

    a little more with each exhale. Ahh.

    When you are finished, step forward and slowly roll your spine back up tostanding. Shake out your

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