Instructor: Emily Mehr
Community: Ages 4-5, Preschool Setting, 30 minutes
Plan Creation Date: April 15, 2016
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Listening
- Chime – Use this to start the class and “Open our ears.” Students will wave their hand while they can hear the chime to mimic the vibration of the chime. When they can no longer hear the chime, they will silently give a “thumbs up.” Once the chime has stopped, take a silent moment to see what we can hear now that we have opened our ears, as opposed to before we started.
- Belly Breathing – with Breathing Ball: As a group decide how many breaths to take. Each child will get a chance to lead, and then gently pass the ball to the next person. Emphasize that we are working together to “open our lungs” and when it’s not their turn, they can be following along and using their hands and pretend to be holding the ball.
- Mountain Pose – Stand quiet in mountain pose. What do you hear?
- Arm Swings – Together we will swing our arms without any words. Can you hear our arms swinging?
- Forward Fold – Fold your body in half, gently rock back and forth. Let your head hang heavy and swing your hair back and forth.
- Downward Dog – Take a big breath in, loud breath out
- Cat/Cow – Breathe smoothly in and out as you switch from cat to cow.
- Downward Dog – Take a big breath in, loud breath out.
- Mountain Pose – Stand quiet in mountain pose again.
- Animal Archetype Game – with Drum: Allows children to practice listening skills, while also moving creatively. When the drum beats, children will move about pretending to be a certain animal. When they drum stops, they will freeze.
- Book on Tape Relaxation – With calm, comfortable bodies, listen to the story “Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You Hear?” on tape. Let the children hear the different animals and see them in their heads.