3 Tips to EASILY Incorporate MORE Yoga and Stretching Into PE!

CwuT35iL50gTMktAx8mYfrecICTjW8AqQz am6niIDDO2gCLPg5LW37BAb7nZXPLaSF RL3a8IjXqJmMGuzMkV1RyDmWNZvv0HOTaQAqu31FrHi5WUlLbJEKptf6s24lm q4nXQ

Stretching and Yoga are some of the most beneficial movements you can add to your PE program. Not every student is comfortable with these types of movements. Check out a few ways to help students with their balance, flexibility, and coordination while keeping them engaged and interested. 

1. Build It Into a Routine for Every Class

As teachers, our daily lessons reflect what we want our students to learn and be able to do. If we add stretching/yoga to our daily routines, students will get more comfortable and confident in these movements. A perfect time to add this is during your fitness time after the students are nice and warmed up. It’s always better to stretch warm muscles. 

xLm4AiFBAZ2upOqWnmfY1aeE5eRma2 6znX5DwfBdUo3npYjb1GO ikcFTFarbO55BikJkMwy TTgrU8dpO2AJofnKCDMgFKYyUmd3TW5BqeaZyfN0H 60gh4HN7hEJNa7V0FDw1

2. Keep it Interesting! 

Students naturally want to just reach and then be done with stretching. Try counting different ways to help them hold their stretches longer as well as engage their brain at the same time:

  • Count in different languages. 
  • Practice math facts while counting by multiples  (to 100 by 10s, to 50 by 5s) 
  • Count forwards and then challenge kids to count backward. 

3. Build Student Confidence and Expand

Start with stretches that everyone knows to help with comfortability and confidence. Each week, add a new yoga pose. Then at the end of the month, show students how to connect and move smoothly between each pose (a yoga flow). 

What tips do you use to help students with stretching and yoga? Continue the conversation and share your ideas in the comment section below!

Related Articles:
Engaging Yoga Games & Activities in Physical Education by Jessica Shawley
Yoga in PE: Tips for Activity Progressions & Lesson Planning by Jessica Shawley
Yoga in PE: Teaching Tips to Get Started by Jessica Shawley

Yoga and Stretching Equipment:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Featured Resources

Articles

5 Ways Small Sided Games Make a BIG Impact

Author: Jessica Shawley

The Role of Pedometers in Physical Education

4 Activities to Celebrate Native Heritage Month

Author: Mike Chamberlain

16 Parachute Team Building Activities

Author: Tim Mueller

Motivating Unmotivated Students​

Author: Dr. Robert Pangrazi, Jessica Shawley, and Tim Mueller

Promoting Activity and Success Through Adapted PE

Author: Dr. Robert Pangrazi, Marci Pope and Maria Corte

Bin Ball

Author: Randy Spring

Equipment

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER

Sign up to receive the latest physical education resources, activities, and more from educational professionals like you straight to your inbox!