Bring Kids Back Into Their Bodies With Mindful Movement

Not every teacher is going to have their yoga teacher certification. Not every teacher wants to. The good news is you don’t have to!

Yoga 4Classrooms

Lisa Flynn, E-RYT 500, RCYT founded Yoga 4 Classrooms in 2009 with a mission to empower youth with the skills they need to healthy, happy, resilient at school, at home and throughout their lives. Y4C provides professional development trainings and research and trauma-informed curricula, resources and consulting to school professionals, schools and related organizations that support the social, emotional, cognitive and physical well-being of children, youth and the adults who serve them. Yoga 4 Classrooms’ sustainable program and products have been implemented in thousands of classrooms and schools worldwide with significantly positive outcomes.  

A deck of cards costs $29.95 on Amazon, and you now you can download the ebook and share on the white board with the class for only $14.00 from the Yoga4Classrooms website.

I love this card deck even as a registered yoga teacher. When I’m teaching class, I’m wearing the hat of the teacher and sometimes, it’s not so easy to switch hats in the middle of teaching and instantaneously become a yoga teacher. At a quick glance, these cards allow for mindful movement throughout the course of the instructional day and the kids love it!

They are divided into six different categories: seated postures, standing postures, meditations, breathwork, wellness, and character building. I like to pull cards at the end of the day for the following day, so everything is all set and ready to go.

Like Brain Gym that can also be used by teachers without certification, Yoga4Classrooms is mindful movement and therefore does not require any formal instruction to implement.

Yoga ed.

Yoga Ed. offers free access to all K-12 teachers, school administrators and supporting staff, and parents worldwide.

Our classes can be used to provide inclusive distance learning options for physical education and brain breaks throughout the virtual school day. All classes are streamable on any device and developmentally appropriate for children and teens.

Through our engaging classes, students will practice breathing exercises, yoga poses, games, visualizations, and relaxation activities. Just press play on online mindfulness and movement classes for all ages, anytime, anywhere.

Click the image to enroll in FREE access to yoga sequences for children & teens.

I’m currently enrolled in the 95 – Hour RCYT program, and I cannot say enough about it. What I love most about it is it has a trauma informed focus, which is in perfect alignment with my mission for working with children and families.

I thought that I’d be able to efficiently instruct yoga classes to children with the background I already had from my practice, my teaching experience, and the 200 RYT certification I hold. BOY WAS I WRONG!! There are SO many differences in the anatomy alone that I was not aware of when instructing yoga to this age group.

In addition to this program, I’m also enrolled in a 300 – Hour training, and it’s been very interesting doing them side-by-side. Talk about two different worlds!

Add Sound Healing to Your Instructional Day

Sound healing is a very quick way to stabilize the energy in the room by centering, grounding, and orienting your students.

I use chakra balancing crystal bowls I purchased with a cash award I received from being named the 2020 New Jersey Governor’s Teacher of the Year in my school. The PTO purchased the cases you see in the image below through an annual grant they offer.

Does your school offer any incentives you can to take advantage of to purchase a set of these?

Witness the shift in energy!

You will be amazed as you witness the energy level of the class shift as you begin to play. The kids ask for them ALWAYS! My students beg for stillness. Let LOVE being grounded and having their heart chakras opened.

If you’ve never attended a sound healing session, you may want to begin there to first experience what you can provide for your students.


YouTube also has a lot of online session you can attend from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few I’ve hand picked for you:

1 Hour Release Anxiety & Tension 10 Minute Sound Bath 1 Hour Chakra Cleanse

Check out your local yoga studio for upcoming workshops. Other places you can inquire about such events would be the local acupuncturist, cranial sacral therapist, or any other alternative healing location in your surrounding area.


How do I do this?

There’s no need to know how to “play” these chakra balancing bowls, allow your intuition to guide you. These color-coded bowls above are aligned with the colors of the energy chakras in the body. I like to ask the kids what they are in need of or how they are feeling and then I focus on using just those bowls. Click on the image and be taken to the Amazon link.

I often begin and end with the large red, root chakra, bowl. There favorites that they really don’t like to stray from are the red – root chakra, green- heart, yellow – power center, and light blue – third eye/intuition.

Student Testimonials

Mrs. Caputo, I felt sick all morning, but now that we’ve done the bowls, I feel really strong and so much better. Thank you. I’m nowhere near as nervous today.

I felt a big swoosh right in the center of my chest as you started to play the green bowl.

The exciting thing about this quote above is that the green bowl is in tuned with the heart chakra. 🙂

How about something smaller like this:

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