There are many avenues in which to introduce yoga into a school. Often, the preschool and kindergarten classes want yoga as a regular part of their school week. From there, afterschool programs are a good fit since many times the families pay for the program (rather than the school having to foot the bill). Both health and PE programs also benefit from yoga. And now, we are helping to cross-train some high school teams in the spring.
Here are some basic yoga poses we’ll be using for the cross-country team at a local school soon. Enjoy!
Version One: Hold your uttanasana/standing forward bend for some extra time.
Version Two: Hold downward facing dog for extra time.
Version Three: In forward bend, take left arm into air as you turn torso open towards the left (so an upper body spinal twist)..repeat on right.
3. “Runner’s Lunge”; primarily to open hip flexors. Both sides.
4. From “runner’s lunge”, bend back knee to straighten front leg. Both sides. Hello Hamstrings!
5. Triangle Pose/Trikonasana…for a nice leg stretch but also for core torso strength.
7. Legs up the wall pose…let weight and blood out of the feet. Help reduce any swelling in ankles/knees and a nice relaxation, particularly before bed or post-running.
Teaching yoga to preteens and teens (middle school and high school) is alot of fun and you can readily see the benefits on the students. Want to know more? Take an upcoming teen teacher training with us (Miami: March 17-18; NYC: April 14-15, 2012). www.AsanaAlphabet.com.