Population/Setting/Length: Ages 5-8, Boys and Girls Club Setting, Summer Camp, 45 minutes

Plan Creation Date: 8/15/16

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Stillness

Calm

  • Belly Breathing – with one student leading with the Hoberman sphere and another counting. Give the other children an opportunity to give both individuals compliments.
  • Volcano Breath – while hearing and repeating the Yoga Calm Guidelines, sending each one out with our breath: “I am strong, I am in control, I can do it, I can be responsible”

Activate

  • Chair 15 – (without chairs) – Lead the group with this flow. Imagined grabbing something above us in upward mountain and took it down to set on our mat below. Each time our arms rise up, such as in Warrior I, we will bring that imaginary item above us. Each time we go down, we set that item down to be still on our mat.
  • Moving Yoga Story – incorporating the following poses, first taught without the story, then done while reading the story, The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood:
    • Child’s Pose
    • Alternate arms & legs
    • Downward dog
    • Plank
    • Cobra
    • Downward dog with movement
    • Plank
    • Hug knees
    • Warrior I (added a disguise with hands for second side)
    • Upward Mountain
    • Forward bend
    • Woodchopper
    • Warrior II
    • Mountain
  • The Bear Game – Have the children stay still on their mat to protect their strawberry so the big hungry bear does not take it. As long as they are still, they are camouflage and safe from the big hungry bear. Allow the children to take turns being the bear, with 3­4 bears at one time so every child has an opportunity.
  • Rock and Roll/Knee circles – Allow the students either option to start the transition to calm.

Calm

  • Twist – on back – Have the children twist to one side on their back, focusing on being still each time.
  • Relaxation – with short imagery: Have the children be still on their mats while listening and imagining they are going on a short adventure into the woods to pick berries, encountering friendly animals on the way.

Instructor:  Sarah Knudsen

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