Are your students finding it increasingly challenging to stay seated and engaged during remote learning? They may be craving some wiggles and movement in their day! Remote learning requires much cognitive load, movement helps realign students’ attention. Read on to find out how I incorporate yoga in remote learning!
Use Yoga as a Reinforcer or as a Weekly Routine
In my classroom, yoga is a weekly routine. This has been a pre-established classroom practice prior to remote learning. My students look forward to it every week! That being said, I like to further engage my students by offering additional yoga time as a reinforcer. I talk about how I use yoga as a reinforcer here.
I am a certified yoga instructor, so I like to personally lead yoga in my remote classroom. Because it is live, I can adjust the challenge and speed, catering to my students’ needs in real-time. A tip to make sure students can see me on Zoom is to use the spotlight feature. I spotlight feature myself to ensure that everyone sees me front and center.
Screen-share with YouTube™ videos
If you are looking for a no-prep way to get students moving, I suggest looking at yoga videos on YouTube™. My favorite is Yoga with Adriene™ on YouTube™. She has a fantastic “Yoga for Remote Learning” series on her channel. Simply share your screen and your computer sound to enjoy some no-prep juiciness with your students!
Using visuals is a fantastic option for students who are new to yoga. If a flow does not serve your classroom at this time – but you still want to introduce movement into your schedule – using visuals would be a great alternative. Simply use your screen-share function to display the pose, and give students time to get into and hold the pose. You can even incorporate gentle music to guide students into a meditation!
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I hope you find these tips and tricks helpful to begin using yoga in your remote classroom. Do you have other movement tips for remote learning? Leave them in the comments below!