Population/Setting/Length: Ages 8-12, Community Mental Health Setting, 45-60 minutes

Plan Creation Date: 11/5/16

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Community

Calm

  • Belly Breathing – with Hoberman Sphere. One student leads, other counts.  Compliments at the end.
  • One Minute Exploration – Let kids know today’s focus is on community.  Have them think about people in family, foster family, teachers, friends, to whom they feel connected.  Imagine those people here with you if you should need support at any time during the class.  There are also people we support. Think of those in your community you support.
  • Volcano Breath, (standing) – with first inhalation students bring their hands up over head while thinking of someone who you support or love. As they exhale, bringing hands in an arc downward, they send their support/love out to that person. Next time, the person visualizes those who supports or loves them as they inhale and send gratitude out to those people as they exhale. On the third and final time, the person visualizes the other students in the yoga class and as they exhale, sends out support and understanding to them. (From Lynnea’s lesson plan with a few small changes).

Activate

  • Mountain/Upward Mountain – Plant feet firmly on the ground, rooting downward, and extend hands upward, spreading fingers as if shooting lazer beams at the sky.
  • Roots – With body activated, and eyes closed, circle right and left. Notice how your feet help you to balance. What are you circling around? Who is at the center of your life? (From Lynea’s class plan).
  • Star Pose – First have children practice star pose at their mat. Have all the children spread out around the room and be shining stars. Have them spread their arms out to each other and look around to see how many stars they create as a class. (from Lynnea’s class plan with some additions).
  • Activate/Relax (with Star) – have them start this activity already spread out and then do activate relax activity, walking around the room and when they activate, they get into star pose, all the while leaving space for themselves or others to build awareness of others’ personal boundaries while we are connected in a group.  Use drum beat if possible.
  • Mirror/Human Activity – In pairs, have the students practice yoga poses we have learned. One person will model the pose; one will mirror them. Switch. Discuss the power of being part of a team: “How did it feel to lead?” “To have someone follow?” “To follow?” (From Lynnea’s class plan).
  • Trust Walk – Have children find a different partner and one person will be led first.  That person sticks out their index finger and the other carefully, gently, and firmly holds onto their finger while guiding them around the room. They are careful to watch the other’s body language and feet to be sure they maintain safety for the person with eyes closed.  Remember to have partners switch off so they both have turn.  Ask for volunteers to share how this was at the end, with focus on relying on others and what this is like, what it means.

Calm

  • Mountain– Plant feet firmly on the ground, rooting downward.
  • Roots – Notice how this feels after class, compared to in the beginning.  Notice quietly if you feel a difference now.  A few volunteers share what they notice.
  • Forward Bend – See if you can all go into forward bend at the same time, noticing yourself and others’ movements.
  • Table Top – See if you can all move at the same time, noticing yourself and others’ movements.
  • Kneel or sit criss-cross – Glance around at other members of this group today and take a few deep breaths while you mark this memory as well as feelings and sensations of community and connectedness for yourself for any time of need.
  • Seated Twist
  • Relaxation – Lay on mat on back and listen to mindful moment card on community.

Instructor:  Batinah Dawdy

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