Population/Setting/Length: Ages 5-7, Community Mental Health Setting, 30-40 minutes

Plan Creation Date: 11/5/16

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Grounding

Calm

  • Belly Breathing – with Hoberman Sphere while standing, Child leads and another counts and do compliments.  As you breath in, picture your breath rising from the ground into your feet and up into your lungs. As you breathe out, feel the weight of your body sinking into the ground.  You can go on tip toes as you breathe in and sink down, floppy like a rag doll as you breathe out.  At the last breath, you can fall to your mat and sit down “criss cross apple sauce.” Feel how the earth holds you up and supports you all day long.
  • Pulse Count – find your pulse or place your hand on your heart and listen to your heart beat. Listen to your heart for 30 seconds.  What do you notice? Now run around the room two times and find your way back to your mat, criss cross applesauce, and feel your pulse or your heart again for 30 seconds.  What do you notice?

Activate

  • Mountain Pose/Upward Mountain/Roots – make movements like trees waving in the breeze, but keep your feet planted on the ground.  Picture someone you love holding your feet to the ground while you sway in the breeze).
  • Forward Bend – then down to all fours. Cat/Cow, Downward Dog, Plank, Cobra (hissing while coming up) a few times, Cat/Cow again to Activate/Relax activity (on all fours).
  • Activate/Relax – on all fours, pretend to be an animal that stays balanced and strong while moving about the earth. At end, go into Downward Dog, Forward Bend, and then Mountain.
  • Mat Tag – (Freeze in Warrior I) and vary between going fast, slow, or freeze, depending on leader’s preference.

Calm

  • Relaxation – Legs up the wall while listening to a Guided Relaxation or Mindful Moment Card – Create guided relaxation with their words or read Mindful Moment Card focused on Grounding.
  • Mindful Snack – (Abbreviated).  Have children look at snack, touch it, smell it, shake it around and listen to it, and taste it.  Have them share what they noticed about the snack through their five senses.  They can pretend they are an “alien from a different planet” and trying to tell someone what this really tastes like.  Have kids share their favorite part of group before they leave.

Instructor:  Batinah Dawdy

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