“I would like my students to do yoga, but I have no idea where to start.”
Does the thought of introducing yoga based movement seem overwhelming? Many teachers can feel stuck when faced with having to physically demonstrate or verbally cue yoga poses. The good news is, we have taken the guess work out of it for you. Our team has developed the Move Mindfully Card Deck® which provides images and language to support the movement. The card deck empowers students leaders while keeping the movement fresh and interesting by allowing for choice and creativity.
Here are a few ways we have used the deck.
Start by spreading out all of the cards on the table. Invite a leader back to choose 3-8 cards and create a routine. Make sure to lay the following guidelines as a framework. Begin with breath, then movement, such as a balance pose followed by a forward fold, and end in a resting pose. As the teacher, you are in control of what cards are offered and setting limits on how many can be chosen. However, the student leaders still feel the benefits of creating the routine and having choice.
Next, you can choose two different leaders to get in on the action. One can lead the movements while the other reads the back of the card. The beauty of the card deck is that the language for cueing the movements is all there for you! Working with younger students? We have seen teachers whisper the language to the leader and then the leader states it to the class.
Don’t have time for students to create a routine? Or, you want to target something specific? Also included in the deck are suggested routines for a variety of concerns such as anger, transition and anxiety. The cards are even numbered for easy identification.
Consolers, social workers and paraprofessionals love the card deck as well. It lends itself to the perfect Tier 2 small group or one on one intervention.
Students can choose movements in the morning and continue to practice during body breaks.
Here is what a paraprofessional had to say-
One student was very nervous and having difficulty sitting still. I had him select two poses for grounding and within just a few minutes he was able to focus and start the test. Some time later he was getting anxious and said “it was too much for him”. Again we used the cards this time picking poses for anxiety. This helped him relax and he was able to finish the test completely. I can see lots of uses for these cards in my work with academically and behaviorally challenged students. As a Para I’d love to have a set to hang ’round my neck…at the ready!
Our card deck can easily serve as a non-verbal redirector. Getting fidgety in line? Flash Mountain Pose.
Here is what a teacher thought-
The card deck easily slips onto a lanyard. I loved having it around my deck for easy access. I was able to reference the poses to provide non-verbal instruction. This was useful when we were standing in the hallway or transitioning before a field trip?
Have you had students choose movements or build their own routines? Would you use the Move Mindfully Card Deck? Leave a Comment!