Population/Setting/Length: Ages 7-12, Counseling Agency Setting, 45-60 minutes

Plan Creation Date: February 4, 2016

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Listening

Calm

  • Name Toss – Children will be in a circle and will give the ball to the person on the right while saying their name and looking the person in the eye. Once we have gone around the circle each child will give the ball to the person on their left and say the person’s name they are giving the ball to. Encouraging children to practice listening skills while building connections through learning each others’ names.  (about 10 minutes)

Activate

  • Explore Feelings – Briefly brainstorm a list of feelings. Describe each feeling listed and have children raise their hands if they experienced that feeling to provide normalcy for others. Another option is to have 1-3 children briefly describe a time they felt on of the feelings listed. Discuss what it feels like to have two feelings at once. Utilize mindfulness with a 2-4 minute silence for each child to listen to what their body is feeling in the present. Ask 1-3 children to share what their bodies are feeling and what they can do to encourage or take care of their bodies. (15 minutes)
  • Chair 15 – Ask one of the children to lead the Activate section of Chair 15. During Volcano Breath ask them to think of positive thoughts to send to the other children in the class as they inhale. On the exhale, send the positive thoughts to that person. Ask 1-3 children to share who they sent positive thoughts to. Encouraging social connection with others. During Mountain, ask what sounds to the mountains listen to. During Chair Dog, ask them to listen to their own positive thoughts about themselves. (about 15 minutes)

Calm

  • Back Drawing – Children will be in a circle and will practice back drawing. Highlighting the different senses with this activity as we ask the children to listen to the rain, the thunder and the whisper of another child’s gift to them. (about 10 minutes)
  • Compliment Circle – Each child will stand in the center of the circle and receive one compliment from every child. (about 5 minutes)

Instructor:  Dawn Craig

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