The weather outside has been very ice and it is not safe to play on the playground. Therefore, we have been spending our recess breaks inside doing yoga. The students have enjoyed the movement exercises and a chance to be active.
We have also been learning the benefits of exercising our bodies and staying healthy. Children learned that we can control our breathing; particularly when it is very fast or laboured from exercise or sadness, anger, sorrow, etc. By taking deep breaths with our lungs, our bodies and our emotions can be soothed. This makes us feel better and puts us in control of both our bodies and our feelings. We placed balloons on our stomachs and counted our controlled breathing by watching the balloon go up and down; very similar to our lungs taking in clean air and expelling used air. Children were very quick to understand that breathing is a necessary function of life and also know that we can regulate our breathing to keep us lead a healthy lifestyle.