Instructor: Janice Jordan
Community: Ages/Grades?, Therapy for children, Therapy Yoga room, 45-60 minutes
Plan Creation Date: June 15, 2013
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Stillness
Class Intention: To create an atmosphere of stillness so children experience stillness. Candle light, visualizations of stillness, pictures from the lake, canoeing at dawn, etc.
- Breathing – Hoberman Sphere demonstration, practice deep breathing 6 times. Give student Sphere and let another student pick out the number of breaths.
- Pulse Count – Teach pulse taking.
- Opening remarks – Benefits of stillness, inner voice, observer of own mind.
- Child’s Pose and Downward Dog – Yoga-Based Activities – Begin with Child’s Pose and then Down Dog. First movement in Down Dog and then stillness.
- Mat 20 – Use words like active, expand and teach midline
- Downward Dog – End with Down Dog and then
- Child’s Pose – Have a child demonstrate/lead both beginning and ending poses
- Social Emotional Activities – During Child’s Pose ask Calm Voice questions. Allow time to reflect.
- Discussion – Children sit up and write responses and then discuss. How does this relate to managing anxiety? What are other ways you have found to self-calm?
- Relaxation -Full body stretch, corpse pose. Image of Swan Lake foggy morning at dawn. (Choose own favorite water scenario.)
- Breathing – Unifying breath with Hoberman Sphere; student led.