Instructor: Tiffany Chapman
Community: Ages 4-5, School Setting, 30 minutes
Plan Creation Date: January 20, 2016
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Listening
Additional Theme: Listening to the body and emotions
- Intro – Go over ground rules quickly.
- Theme – Tell students that today’s theme is listening to our body/ emotions. Ask if anyone if they think they know what those things mean. I.e.- eating when your hungry, resting when you’re tired, hugging a teddy bear if you are feeling sad, etc. Tell them that we are going to focus on listening to our bodies during the next two exercises. Then we’ll play a game and listen to our emotions. Then we’ll wrap up by seeing how our mind figures into all of this.
- Belly Breathing – Hoberman Sphere Breathing + compliments. Listen to the sound of your breath moving in and out of your nose.
- Mat 20 – flow abridged (mt. to mt.) Have the students practice listening to their bodies during the flow. Make sure that their knees don’t go past their toes during the lunge portion of the flow. Have them “listen to their bodies” to make sure they are being safe. Because “listen to your body” is one of our ground rules, the students know to stop if they are feeling pain.
- Archetype Game – Tell the students that this game helps them focus on listening to their emotions and body and how changing the type of character we are playing can change our emotions and body.
a. Trickster- sneaky.
b. The Warrior-fierce.
c. The prince/princess- our sense of pride/elegance.
d. The Wise King- stepping into responsibility.
e. Monster- our scary self.
f. Angel- our kind and giving self.
g. The Content One- being happy with who we are and our gifts.
h. The Friend- Our social self.
i. The Hermit- Our hiding self.
j. The Peaceful One
k. The Clown- silly.
l. Courageous Explorer- facing adversity.
* Tell students that our minds were responsible for changing the things we were playing, so, in this case, our minds controlled what our bodies were feeling and doing.
- Guided Relaxation – “Where do Fairies go in Winter?” story. Sing Waldorf song “Where are the Hedgehogs When the North Wind Blows.” and add fairytale characters to the song as well as animals.