Population/Setting/Length: Adolescent Ages, Boys Group, Treatment Center Setting, 30 minutes
Plan Creation Date: 4/14/16
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Stillness
- Hoberman Sphere – Sit comfortably. Breathe in through your nose as the sphere opens, making sure to breathe into your stomach for a good deep breath. Then pause for a second holding your breath. Then breathe out through your nose as the sphere closes. When the sphere is completely closed is the end of one breath cycle. Repeat between 5-10 times total.
- Pinwheel Breath – Remain sitting with good posture (describe good posture as needed for the specific group). Breathe in through your nose. Then focus on controlling your breath to blow on the pinwheel to make it spin as long as you can. Repeat the full breath cycle between 5-10 times.
- Mountain Pose – Feel your connection to the ground. Just stand and breathe, feeling the sense of calm and stillness in the room.
- Roots – From Mountain Pose, slowly start to circle in one direction, each time making the circle wider. Notice how your body wants to move back to the center, finding that place of stillness and “rightness”. Once your circles are as wide as you can make them without moving your feet, start to make them smaller again until you reach that centered spot. Repeat going the other direction.
- Tree – Now that you are in a centered, rooted, calm spot. Slowly pick one foot up and shift into tree pose. Focus on the stillness of a tree, the calm consistency of a tree. After a count of 5 (possibly increasing the count as the routine continues to be practiced), shift to the other foot and repeat.
- Cat/Cow – Move to all fours. Slowly round your back, arching it up, and let your head drop toward the floor as you exhale. On the inhale, lift your head up and straighten your back as your stomach moves toward the floor. Repeat 3-5 times.
- Child’s Pose – Come down to your knees. Stretch your arms out in front of you to form a pillow. Rest your head on your arms. Take several deep breaths. Feel how calming and reassuring this position is. Feel how it calms and stills your thoughts.
- Floor Sitting Twist – Sit with one knee up, the other leg tucked under that knee. Put your opposite hand on the knee that is up. Sit up straight, and twist gently just until you feel a stretch in your back. Hold for a count of 5 (possibly increasing as routine is practiced). Come back to the center. Switch feet and repeat on the other side.
- Guided Meditation – Shift back until you are lying on the floor in a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Choose appropriate meditation.
- Discussion – Discuss what it means to be still. Talk about the physical feelings in the body. What did the mind do as the body relaxed and stilled? Talk about how this can help with focus and attention. Modify discussion as needed to include discussion on the meditation.
- Treatment Assignments/Topics – Shift to discussing treatment assignments/topics for the rest of the group.
- Closing – Close the group with Compliment Circle.
Instructor: Stacy Overby
Lesson Goal: To practice finding a calm, centered place from which to work on therapeutic concepts.