Population/Setting/Length: Ages 10-14, Counseling Agency Setting, 45-60 minutes

Plan Creation Date: February 4, 2016

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Grounding

Calm

  • Belly Breathing – Have children lie on their mats and place a stuffed animal on their stomachs. Encourage each child to watch the stuffed animal raise and fall with each inhale and exhale. Encouraging children to feel the weight of their bodies on their mat as they are grounded to the floor.  (1-2 minutes)
  • Shoulder Clock – Introducing teamwork into the yoga session by including partnered poses. Reminding children to keep their feet grounded while working towards cooperation with the other child to move their arms like a clock. (3-4 minutes)

Activate

  • Top 10 – encouraging children to use their legs to ground themselves when in balancing poses such as Dancer and Roots. Use imagery of a tree when in Roots and Woodchopper pose. For instance feel your toes in the ground as if you are a tree with roots…as we sway side to side imagine being a tree swaying in the wind. (10 minutes)
  • Block Creek – Have a volunteer quickly remind us of Dancer, Roots and Tree poses to help encourage balance and stability. Encourage children to use their 5 senses to ground themselves to the activity as their eyes are closed. Use different variations of the children doing the activity by themselves, with assistance from a classmate to encourage community and backwards. Have each child share a compliment to their partner and vice Aversa. (20 minutes)

Calm

  • Child Pose w/Mindful Minute Exploration on Grounding – Utilize a progressive relaxation script or one minute exploration for grounding that is focused on children paying attention to the different sensations of their bodies while in child pose. (1-2 minutes)
  • Back Breathing – Have a volunteer demonstrate the pose with instructor. Children will partner up with another child as trust has been built throughout this yoga session. Encouraging children to notice how their partner’s breath and trying to synchronize with their breath. (2-3 minutes)

Instructor:  Dawn Craig

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