There is quite a bit of research about the benefits of yoga. I have seen it done in a few classrooms and they all report that it is a really positive experience. Nothing is perfect, so don’t expect a Zen-like atmosphere. Give it a try!
A couple of times. So, after morning greeting, clear off a space and go through these poses. Seriously. Your moves don’t have to be perfect, and not many of us can do pose number 1, but you can still model them (
Invite them to do it, too.
Show them the pictures.
This can be a game-changer for them. They can even point to the one that they would like to do.
At nap time.
If you have nap maps, let the children do them on the mats so that they understand the idea of staying in their space. With continued modeling, they will pick up on it eventually.
Provide quiet music.
Remember to look for music that is at 70 BPM (Beats Per Minute) or less. (Just google it.)
The classrooms really saw a difference in the children being calmer and more settled when it was time for nap. Win-Win for everyone!