Brain Break Wednesday: Brain Yoga

On a recent visit to Sims Elementary in AustinISD, I saw a teacher doing “Brain Yoga” with her students.

Brain Yoga

I hadn’t heard of brain yoga before so I did a little investigating.  The concept comes from a book called SuperBrain Yoga by Choa Kok Sui. The idea is to harness yoga techniques to increase students’ ability to focus and learn.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Hold your right earlobe with the index finger and thumb of your left hand. Make sure that the thumb is facing away from you. (Or touch your left hand to your right shoulder.)
  2. Hold your left earlobe with the index finger and thumb of your right hand. Once again, make sure that your thumb is facing away from you. (Or touch your right hand to your left shoulder.)
  3. Press your tongue to the roof of your mouth.
  4. Inhale through your nose, and slowly lower yourself into a squatting position.
  5. Exhale as you slowly stand back up.

Would this work in your classroom? Share your thoughts below!

2 responses

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  2. I like this idea! Kids MUST have a break from learning from time to time, and this sounds like a great way to do it! I’m just south of Austin, and with all this rain we have been having, students have had to participate in inside recess…and you know what that means…more fidgety students the more the day goes on. I actually took my students outside under the awning today to give them a little break and some fresh air. It really helped them to expend some energy, and it helped me tolerate them better, too! It was a win-win for everyone! 😉

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