Population/Setting/Length: Ages 8-12, Counseling Agency Setting, 30 minutes

Plan Creation Date: February 4, 2016

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Stillness

Calm

  • Hoberman Sphere — Demonstrate how to practice deep breathing with Hoberman Sphere. Have 1 volunteer lead in breathing and determine how many breaths the class needs (from 1-10). Have 1 volunteer count the breaths. Encouraging the class to keep their bodies as still as statues. Using archetype imagery of a king/queen to address their posture as they are sitting. Have each volunteer receive 1-3 compliments from the class. (about 1 -3 minutes)
  • Pulse Count – Demonstrate how to find your pulse. Have each child count their pulse for 15 to 30 seconds (depending on age of class) as they are sitting. Write down each child’s pulse count. Utilize a mindful minute exploration card and have children count their pulse afterwards. Each child share their pulse count after exploration and what times are hard for them to be still. (2-5 minutes)

Activate

  • Stillness Challenge –– Ask for a volunteer to be at the front of the class to demonstrate poses. Practice Warrior I, Warrior II, Dancer, Plank and Downward Dog while using imagery to encourage children to focus on a point on the wall or be as still as a statue in poses. Have a volunteer choose a pose to stay still in for 30 seconds. Instructor can be a distraction to challenge each child to stay still. Have 1-3 children share how they were able to stay still. Each volunteer will receive 1-3 compliments from the class. (15-20 minutes)

Calm

  • Chair into Eagle with Guided Imagery – Practice Chair for about 30 seconds while encouraging children to use their stillness strategies to stay still. Transition into Eagle and use Eagle on Cliff imagery for children to continue practicing stillness. Having the children fly and stay perched during Eagle pose. Come back to Chair for about 30 seconds and transition into Eagle with other leg and use of imagery. Have children share what it was like to be like an eagle and when they could use this skill in their life. (5-7 minutes)

Instructor:  Dawn Craig

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