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Mindful Movement

4 practices for grades K4-8

These practices help students quiet their minds by developing a stronger connection to their body through guided movement. Utilizing movement based practices in the classroom can help students reset their nervous system when needed so they are better prepared to pay attention and learn. 

Standing Balances

Practice Description: This practice is designed to develop focus, physical coordination, and balance energy. It can be useful before testing, with the introduction of new materials or new situations, and in social settings where a connection to oneself or others is required.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Reset to Get Set

Practice Description: This practice is designed to reset our mind and body through grounding poses and breathing exercises. It is useful after testing, long periods of sitting, or other demanding occasions.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Ready, Set, Focus

Practice Description: This practice is designed to energize and focus our attention. It can be useful for activities such as testing, working with others in groups, working independently, or when energy is low.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Strength and Flexibility

Practice Description: This practice is designed to bring strength and flexibility to ourselves, physically and emotionally. It can be used for times when we need to look at a situation differently, bring an open mind to a situation or person, or pay attention to the challenges of a friend or relative.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Dance for the Sun

Practice Description: This practice helps students warm up their bodies and strengthen all major muscle groups. The flowing movement and breathing are set to Kira Willey’s “Dance for the Sun”. It can be used to develop focus, as an indoor recess or to create a playful sense of community. Visit KiraWilley.com for more.

 

 
 
 
 
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