Population/Setting/Length: Ages 13-18, Counseling Agency Setting, 45-60 minutes

Plan Creation Date: February 4, 2016

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Gtrength

Calm

  • Mat 20 – Utilize Calm section of Mat 20. During Belly Breathing have children visualize a time they felt their strongest. Have 1-3 children share their visualization. During Pulse Count have each child listen to how strong their heart beats and use their other hand to feel how strong their heart beats. During Leg Stretch have children think of a time someone in their life showed them strength. (5 minutes)
  • Mindful Minute Exploration on Strength – Using visualization to encourage children to think of times of strength. Provide examples of archetypes like Warriors or Heroes that demonstrate strength or that the children can relate with. For instance examples from Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Games of Thrones, etc.  (1 minute)

Activate

  • Mat 20 – Have a volunteer lead the class for the Active section of Mat 20; starting with Rock and Roll to Tree. During Boat Instructor will encourage children to think of times they are strong as they are holding this pose. During Upward Mountain encourage children to send strength to someone they know that is need of strength. During Chair encourage children to recognize the strength their bodies are capable of drawing attention to how strong their legs are to hold this pose and other areas of their life. Have class provide 1-3 compliments to volunteer. (10 – 15 minutes)
  • Strength Challenge –Ask for a volunteer to choose a pose they feel strong in. Same volunteer determines how long we hold that pose for. Instructor will use a drum to count the beats and provide encouragement for each child to tap into their inner strength. Encourage children to use phrases that embody strength like: “I am strong”, “I can do this”, “I am in control” and “I am responsible.” Each volunteer will receive 1-3 compliments from the class. (10-15 minutes)

Calm

  • Mat 20 – Utilize Calm Section of Mat 20. During Relaxation, have each child think of a movie character that symbolizes strength to them. Imagine what qualities or traits make that character seem strong. Have 1-3 children share their movie character and reasons why they chose that movie character. (5 minutes)
  • Strong Voice with Belly Breathing — Practice belly breathing while lying down on mat. Read each prompt on Strong Voice Worksheet and have children think about how they would answer. Have children fill out worksheet after relaxation portion and ask several children to share their responses. (10-15 minutes)

Instructor:  Dawn Craig

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