Instructor: Megan Lyons
Community: 2nd Grade Classroom, School Setting, 25-30 minutes
Plan Creation Date: November 21, 2014
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Stillness
- Hoberman Breathing – with student leader and counter. Listen to each breath and focus on the stillness of the breath. Practice giving and receiving compliments with both the leader and counter
- Roots – have students listen to their bodies and ask them what it feels like to be centered. Using descriptive language, have them imagine that they are a very tall tree in the forest that has been there for many years. Their feet are the tree’s roots and are very strong, grounding down into the earth. Have students begin rocking forward and backward while staying very firm, make rocking movements smaller, make circles to the right, make smaller and smaller paying attention to the foot muscles. Repeat circles to the left. Now try this same activity with eyes closed.
- Warrior I – Have students face one another to see each others’ strength while in the pose. Use descriptive language such as “Send lasers from your belly out through your fingers”. “Activate your muscles like a superhero, reach up high sending laser beams to the sky.”
- Warrior II – Move from Warrior I into Warrior II and have students hold pose and try to be still while in it for 10 seconds. Remind students that knee should be right over the ankle like the capital letter ‘L’.
- Calm Voice – Discuss what our calm voices sound like in our head compared to not calm voices. Ask students to think of times when it may be difficult to find our calm voice. Do Calm Voice worksheet as a class. Students may then fill in their own worksheet to the best of their ability.
- Back Drawing – Have students come into a circle. Guiding them, practice drawing different images relating to the time of year (holidays/snow). Have each child draw a gift on the person’s back in front of them. They can then whisper the gift to that person.
- Twist – Lie on back, pull knees toward chest then over to the right and all the way to the floor. Stretch arms out and look to the left. Repeat on other side.