Yoga Brain Break can help manage classroom behavior by giving students time to stimulate their brains and calm their bodies. It can increase focus and decrease test taking anxiety, calm and activate the brain at the same time, and increase comprehension when paired with an academic task. Brain breaks based on read alouds may be included as part of the ELA block to reinforce comprehension and story sequence or use it during a social skills time.
Wanda's First Day is a great story to start the school year with about a new student who feels a bit different and doesn't know if she fits in to her new school. After meeting new friends, having fun, and being reassured by her teacher that she is at the right place, she is ready to go back and bring soemthing special to her new teacher.
This brain break takes students from standing and balance poses to kneeling and sitting poses, including a partner pose. At the completion of the yoga sequence, they can participate in a mindfulness activity by resting for a few moments to contemplate a few special things that happend during their school day.