When you pause, it gives everyone’s neurology a chance to reset. It gives you a chance to “get back” to yourself. It’s one of the benefits of the Jesus Rule, and WBYT. Do it consciously and soon it will become an unconscious part of your teaching.
Similarly, when you parse word chunks, you purposefully allow your students to process what they have heard up to that point. Do that consciously until it becomes habit as well.
I don’t think brain breaks are worth stopping class to play some game. Just parse and pause, and the work of resetting everything is done. Why would one stop class to do a brain break when you can do it inside your lesson?
So many things from TPRS that I don’t do anymore…