Population/Setting/Length: Adolescent Ages, Boys Group, Treatment Center Setting, 1.5 hours

Plan Creation Date: 4/28/16

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Gtrength

Calm

  • Hoberman Sphere Belly Breathing – Feel the connection to the floor, to the chair.  Feel the steadiness of your seat.  Imagine yourself as unmoving or locked in place.  Feel the solidness of your self in the center of your life, that whatever else changes, you are still steady and stable in your life.
  • Pulse Count – Find your pulse.  Feel the steadiness of your heart beat.  Notice the connection between your mind and your heart.  Feel how the rhythm of your heart beat grounds you within yourself.  Now, count your heart beat for 30 seconds, focusing on the steadiness of your count and your heart beat.

Activate

  • Mountain Pose – Feel how solid and steady you are in this pose.  Imagine a mountain.  It is solid, constant, stable, strong, and constant.
  • Warrior I – Move into Warrior I.  Hold this pose for a count of 10.  Feel how strong you are in this pose.  Imagine being a warrior, strong enough to do what you need to do, to change what you need to change. (Switch sides, transitioning through Mountain Pose, and repeat).
  • Warrior II – Now, bring your arms out and turn your back foot into Warrior II.  Notice that even though you’ve changed, your still feel that strengths, that solidness of the warrior.  (Switch sides, transitioning through Mountain Pose, and repeat the pose).
  • Mountain Pose – We come back to Mountain Pose as our position of rest, our position of personal strength.
  • Tree Pose – When you feel solid and strong, shift your weight to one leg.  Then, slowly pick up your other leg and move into Tree Pose.  As you stand in tree pose, imagine you are as steady and strong as the trees.  (Switch sides, transitioning through Mountain Pose, and repeat the pose).
  • Mountain Pose – Come back to Mountain Pose one more time, resting and observing our constant, even, stability.
  • Eagle Pose – Bend your knees a little and cross your right leg over your left so that your right foot is hooked behind your left calf.  Cross your right elbow under your left and twist it around your left arm so that your palms are as close to touching as possible right in front of your face.  Hold here for a count of five.  Then extend your right leg behind you as you bend forward and spread your arms out wide.  Imagine you are an eagle starting to fly.  Feel the strength of that bird within you.  Then come back to your resting Eagle Pose.  (Switch sides, transitioning through Mountain Pose, and repeat).
  • Mountain Pose – One more time, we come back to Mountain Pose and feel at ease in our strength.

Calm

  • Twist – Sit on the edge of your chair.  Put your left hand on your right knee.  Gently twist until you feel a slight stretch in your back, using your hand on your knee for leverage.  Take several deep breaths in this position, being sure to sit up straight.  Feel how the breath stretches the back just a little more.  Feel the connection to the ground, to your chair, to your stable place.  (Repeat the other direction)
  • Mindful Moment Card – Strength meditation card
  • Discussion – Talk about what mental and emotional strength is.  Talk about how this relates to changing behaviors and recovery.  (The specific recovery topic this is being tied to today is Step 10).
  • Archetype Game – Play the Archetype Game and discuss how this relates to recovery and self-identity (including Step 10).

Instructor:  Stacy Overby

Lesson Goal:  Building mental and emotional strength to facilitate change and recovery

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