CoverUnit 1. About this bookFour reasons not to require students to be on webcam all the timeQuick resources about pedagogy and technology that may be helpful to shareForewordAcknowledgementsUnit 2. Examples of whole-class activitiesCreating a mindful learning environment using Adobe ConnectCreating community agreements collaboratively with online students: Reasons, anti-racist considerations, and logistics in Adobe ConnectThe use of a large chat pod to encourage chat participation about particular questionsUsing large slides and a smaller chat pod to focus attention on mini-lecture contentCreating opportunities for student voice in online classes by using polls for feedbackUsing polls to guide class check-in timeUsing a poll and a second chat pod to wrap up the class sessionAdobe Connect status icons: A useful feature to increase engagement Bringing all students onto webcam together for special circumstances: Using a large video podUsing PowerPoint portrait-oriented slides to maximize content sharingGroup presentations in Adobe Connect: Using an extra wide video pod and dedicated second chat pod for Q&ALive drawing using a second webcamUsing a large webcam pod and large chat in a panel view layout: How to create a custom virtual stage for successful guest speaker presentationsDedicated chat pods for simulated client role play video exercise in an online skills-based lab“Good point. I agree.”: Challenging students to create “thoughtful contributions” in classA Moment of Action: Opening an inclusive, engaged, and trauma-informed classroomIn-class breaks: The importance of taking a break during online classes and considerations for break activitiesCommunity-building in Adobe Connect: Using layouts and different pods to facilitate games and icebreaker activities Building online class community through photos and storytelling“Student Spotlight” Activity: Cultivating an Empathetic Online CommunityUsing emojis in Adobe Connect to encourage student engagement AHA moments: Connecting online course content to field educationUsing layouts to facilitate guided mindfulness, meditation, and yoga in Adobe Connect classroomsMindfulness and the engaged online classroomChair yoga in the online classroom Using PhotoVoice as a teaching tool in the Adobe Connect classroomUsing a creative award presentation to review semester content and leave a lasting impactCreating a virtual quilt: A final class activity/toolUnit 3. Examples of small-group breakout activities and debriefsEnriching classroom discussions with breakout roomsEnhancing student engagement in the 10-minute breakout activity: Pre-assigning groups and rolesShowing note pods from breakout groups in one layout to debrief or monitor progress of a breakout conversation: Using a birds eye view setupKWL charts: How to implement this teaching technique in the Adobe Connect online classroom Breakout exercise for collective syllabus annotation in Adobe ConnectConcept mapping: Bringing Universal Design for Learning to the Adobe Connect classroomAn example of using the whiteboard for small breakout groups in Adobe Connect: “Draw Poverty”Scripted role play in Adobe Connect: Practicing clinical skills in an online classroomDimensions of self care: Exploring clinical issues for social workers in an online classroomThe use of polls to facilitate post-role play exercise debriefing discussions in an online skills labEnding a course with gratitude: A unique and memorable activity acknowledging student contributions to the class communityAppendixAuthor biosAdditional resources about online education from our authors
Designing Engaging and Interactive Synchronous Online Class Sessions

Chair yoga in the online classroom 

Minimize stress and increase body-mind energy
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Short description

In this chapter, we share a simple chair yoga routine that can be used during online classes in Adobe Connect.

Teaching & learning goal

The benefits of using chair yoga during class include:

Activity and results

All of us go through happy days and not-so-happy days. It is common to feel that we have too much to do in too little time. But, the inclination to buckle down, and work harder and longer is not the answer. It is easy to get caught up in the “activity trap”, where our time is filled with busy work that is focused on generating quantity over quality and where taking breaks, regenerating, and returning to the task refreshed are not valued.

A little stress can be helpful. For example, some of us have felt slightly motivated to complete a task when we have a deadline. However, too much stress and chronic stress can easily shift that sense of motivation into overwhelm. Where a little stress can actually help heighten our senses and improve our ability to learn new information, overwhelm can block our ability to focus, store new information, and engage in logic, reason, and creativity.

Therefore it is absolutely essential to learn and practice skills that help us reduce, release, and feel respite from stress, especially prolonged and intense stress. Given all of the stressful aspects our students live through daily - and bring with them into the classroom - it is important to engage in stress reducing activities during class.

Chair yoga is one of the techniques we have used in our online classes to improve student concentration, reduce student stress, and improve student mind-body connection. Chair yoga is easily led during online classes, as most of our students are already in quiet areas and sitting in chairs facing the computer screen. Therefore, no other equipment or space is needed to complete the practice. Chair yoga, and the steps described below, is also generally more accessible compared to other physical/asana based yoga practices. Having the support of the chair along with the gentle prompts addresses the needs of many who otherwise would not be able to engage in a standing or more strenuous yoga flow. That said, some students may still be unable to follow the described practice, so we like to include the prompt “if there are any movements that you are unable to perform for any reason, we invite you to imagine yourself following the prompts”. Remember, the goal of yoga is not speed or flexibility. We encourage everyone to go at their own pace and remain within their range of motion.

Technical details and steps

Let us practice a few chair yoga poses. We recommend the instructor, or a designated student, lead the practice by providing verbal prompts and if possible, also engage in the activity on camera.

Get into position

Breathing

Arm movements

Chair Hamstring Stretch

Chair Leg Lift

Oblique stretch

Head roll

Back extension

Keep in mind that it may be difficult to do all of these poses in one sitting. Experiment and try to do it on an incremental basis.

What this looked like in Adobe Connect

Image 1: Adobe Connect classroom with a picture demonstrating the hand position for the breathing practice. Adobe product screenshot(s) reprinted with permission from Adobe.

Image 1 Alt-Text: This is a screengrab of an Adobe Connect classroom. The Attendees pod is on the far left side of the screen and stretches from top to bottom. To the right of the Attendees pod, the screen is split between a Video pod taking up the top half of the viewing area and a Chat pod below that taking up the bottom half of the viewing area. The video pod shows chapter author, Murali Nair, demonstrating the hand position for the breathing practice.

Image 2: Adobe Connect classroom with a picture demonstrating sitting with arms raised. Adobe product screenshot(s) reprinted with permission from Adobe.

Image 2 Alt-Text: This is a screengrab of an Adobe Connect classroom. The Attendees pod is on the far left side of the screen and stretches from top to bottom. To the right of the Attendees pod, the screen is split between a Video pod taking up the top half of the viewing area and a Chat pod below that taking up the bottom half of the viewing area. The video pod shows chapter author, Murali Nair, demonstrating the position sitting with arms raised.

Image 3: Adobe Connect classroom with a picture demonstrating bringing hands together at the heart. Adobe product screenshot(s) reprinted with permission from Adobe.

Image 3 Alt-Text: This is a screengrab of an Adobe Connect classroom. The Attendees pod is on the far left side of the screen and stretches from top to bottom. To the right of the Attendees pod, the screen is split between a Video pod taking up the top half of the viewing area and a Chat pod below that taking up the bottom half of the viewing area. The video pod shows chapter author, Murali Nair, demonstrating the position of sitting with hands, palms together, pressed against the chest at approximately heart level.

Image 4: Adobe Connect classroom with a picture demonstrating the position of sitting with one arm raised and leaning toward the opposite side. Adobe product screenshot(s) reprinted with permission from Adobe.

Image 4 Alt-Text: This is a screengrab of an Adobe Connect classroom. The Attendees pod is on the far left side of the screen and stretches from top to bottom. To the right of the Attendees pod, the screen is split between a Video pod taking up the top half of the viewing area and a Chat pod below that taking up the bottom half of the viewing area. The video pod shows chapter author, Murali Nair, demonstrating the position of sitting with one arm raised and leaning toward the opposite side.

Acknowledgments

Matthea Marquart, for her continued support and encouragement in bringing our passion for yoga and self-care to our students.

Resources

The chapter authors, Katherine Segal and Murali Nair, along with their colleague, Elise Marie Collins, are currently writing a book to make this and other yogic practices an accessible addition to healthy living.

Suggested Citation

& (2022). Chair yoga in the online classroom : Minimize stress and increase body-mind energy. In , , , & (Eds.), Designing Engaging and Interactive Synchronous Online Class Sessions: Using Adobe Connect to Maximize its Pedagogical Value. EdTech Books. https://edtechbooks.org/designing_engaging_interactive_synchronous_online_classes/chair_yoga
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