Population/Setting/Length: Adolescent Ages, Boys Group, Treatment Center Setting, 30 minutes
Plan Creation Date: 2/15/16
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Stillness
- Belly Breathing – Lay down on the floor. Place your hands on your stomach. Slowly breathe in through your nose. Feel your belly rise as you breathe. Pause for a second at the top of your breath. Then, slowly exhale through your nose. (Student leads and the group decides how many breaths).
- Volcano Breath – Stand in Mountain Pose. Breathe in. Hold the breath as arms extend upward. As arms release to sides, breathe out slowly while imagining sending still and calm thoughts out to the group. Repeat 2 more times. On the fourth round of Volcano Breath, send out gratitude to group for still and calming thoughts.
- Mountain Pose – Feel your connection to the ground. Just stand and breathe, feeling the sense of calm and stillness in the room.
- Forward Bend – Slowly bend forward into a standing forward bend. Bend your knees enough to touch the floor while feeling only a slight stretch in the hamstrings. Imagine a waterfall running off your back. Let all the tension you feel run off your back like a waterfall.
- Downward Dog – Move into Downward Dog. Stretch your arms forward. Let your heels come off the ground if it is more comfortable. Pause here. Again, notice the stillness you feel within yourself and in the room.
- 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.
- Twist – Laying flat on the floor, curl your knees up to your chest. Then slowly let them drop to your left. Feel the gentle stretch in your back. Take several breaths, then bring your knees back up. Pause at the top. Then let them slowly drop to the left. Again, take some deep breaths and notice how this pose helps calm you and bring focus and stillness to your mind.
- Guided Meditation – Shift back until you are lying on the floor in a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Lead the group through the “Happy Place” guided 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.
- Treatment Assignments – 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.