Instructor: Emily Mehr
Community: Ages 4-5, Preschool Setting, 30-45 minutes
Plan Creation Date: April 15, 2016
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Strength
- 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 tall and strong like a mountain.
- Volcano Breaths – Activate the lava inside of you and let it explode out of the top of your volcano.
- Forward Fold – Take a deep breath and release all the way so your body is folded in half.
- Downward Dog – Plant your hands firmly on the ground and step back into Down Dog.
- Warrior 1 – Think of something strong and reach your fingers up towards the sky.
- Warrior 2 – Think of another thing that is strong and stretch your body to reach out towards its strength.
- Warrior 3 – Lean back and reach towards to sky and think of something strong that you might see in the sky. The sun? Moon? Stars? Birds?
- Forward Fold – Breath in all of the strength we just thought of. Hold that strength inside of you.
- Mountain Pose – As you return to Mountain Pose, think about how you are strong. Strong for yourself, for your family, and strong for your friends.
- Strong Voice Guided Relaxation – Read questions from Strong Voice Worksheet in “Yoga Calm for Children” book (pg. 123) while children are relaxing. Have them answer questions in their heads. At the end, take time for a group share that children can choose to participate in.