Instructor: Janina Haug
Community: Age 3 and up, Classroom setting?
Plan Creation Date: February 27, 2013
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Strength
This lesson in designed for children of any age, really age 3 and up. I have used most elements with my preschoolers, but can be also used for older children with a little re-vamping. It is good for any level of student and perfect way to start the day.
Class Intention: “Today we are going to focus on things/people/places that make us feel happy and strong.”
Setting the Tone: Before any of my classes/practices I would take out our “yoga basket” that would have a Hoberman sphere, flameless candles, Yoga cards and play soft yoga music.
- Breath Work – Hoberman Sphere led by teacher and explained, “In yoga we try very hard to breath through our nose and make our bellies very big, but sometimes we forget and it is very hard. This ball will help us practice breathing because we can see it moving like our belly should be moving.”
- Opening Remarks – while breathing ask- What are you good at? What makes you feel confident? Think about those things while doing yoga today.
- Yoga Based Activities – start seated, Volcano breath, cat and cow, downward dog, forward fold, mountain (talk/discuss roots and the four corners of our feet), upward mountain, side bends, star, moon, triangle, eagle (both sides), downward dog, cat and cow. Repeat 1 more time, depending on children.
- Social/Emotional Activities – Back Drawing (pg. 62) ask children-“What makes you happy?” share with a friend if you would like, after drawing
- Final Relaxation – Laying back twists
- Then practice tense/relax starting at the top of the body moving down. After tense relax have children rest with no movement for 30 seconds-1 minute.