We have spoken before, in a blog post tucked away in our blogroll, about adding diversity to your yoga class. It helps a lot. A yoga class can get monotonous, especially for the children taking it.
So switching things up every now and then or introducing different types of activities is not a bad idea. Children welcome change openly. Well, most do especially in their older stages. Either way, they welcome a change of activities during a class. This is our experience at least, that is why we strive for shaking things up a bit. Some ways we do this are by using yoga games, adding songs and imaginative play to poses and sequences, focusing on challenging activities, through meditation and in this case, yoga-based spelling activities.
The following activity is a spelling activity using yoga poses. Students will be taught specific poses that make their bodies look like each letter of the word FAMILY. They will hold the pose for a few moments while saying the letter. The focus of this activity is to create a smooth yoga sequence and flow while teaching your students how to spell the word. Another benefit is the fun your students will have!
How did it go?
Exactly like it was meant too. Our students love practicing yoga poses. They enjoy the flow of yoga class on a normal day, but on those days when the majority of the activities are pose based, they enjoy class the most, making this activity another successful and effective one. By the end, our students were spelling the word and randomly dropping into poses. It was fun to watch and experience.
Definitely set aside time in your yoga class to focus on this activity. It takes a while to go through, maybe, 15 minutes or so and in a 30-minute class that is a lot of time. You can even get away with focusing only on this activity during your class. It definitely occupies students' time and is a very educational activity as well.
Take a look!
Trying to switch up your yoga class and not sure how? Then just take a peek at our video. You will see the flow and the poses used.
Spell and Pose,
Tiva & Randa