Along with being a registered nurse and elementary school teacher, my wife is also a certified yoga instructor. She is super passionate about teaching yoga to kids and often volunteers to go into other classrooms and into PE to do one-off yoga sessions . She is one of my greatest resources when it comes to including yoga as part of my PE curriculum. I have a video here that really sums up just how powerful yoga can be to young people. The video is from my wife's after- school yoga club that she runs each week at Nanjing International School. It is worth the watch! If you want specific yoga advice or ideas to implement, drop me a line and I will pass it on to my wife to answer for you.
In collaboration with grade 3 classroom teachers, Marina Gijzen and Kath Adams, we discussed the idea of integrating maths transformations with my movement composition unit. Both grade 3 classes had to create a short yoga sequence that included 4 poses that were repeated in a pattern to a short piece of music (Revue D'un Pantin by Cirque Du Soleil). The challenging thing wasn't so much remembering the poses as it was to include the following maths transformations in the routines (slides, reflections, and rotations). The students did a fantastic job and came up with some pretty creative sequences. Please see short video below to view their great work. As well, I have included an audio clip of Revue D'un Pantin by Cirque Du Soleil. Just click the play button to hear the song.