Instructor: Tracy Cielto
Community: All Ages, 60 minutes
Plan Creation Date: October 27, 2015
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Stillness
Academic/Therapeutic/Other Goals: Observe and develop Awareness
Props/Music Resources Required: Chime, Hoberman Sphere
- Students are seated cross-legged in a circle on the floor
- Chime – Sounding a chime once to center the students and prepare them for the lesson. Asking them to give a thumbs-up once they can no longer hear the chime. One student sounding the chime. Asking the students to keep their bodies very still. Asking the students what other sounds came to their awareness.
- Belly Breathing – One student leading with Hoberman Sphere and another counting off a selected number of breaths. Asking three volunteers to give compliments to the student leading the breathing.
- Volcano Breath – sending out heart felt thoughts to someone special in your life – Imagine your breath rising up deep from the earth, like a volcano
- Students come to all fours with hands under shoulders and knees under hips..
- Cat/Cow – Breath smoothly and slowly, moving from Cat to Cow and matching the motion with the breath.
- Downward Dog – walk hands back to feet to come to forward bend
- Forward Bend – press feet down and lengthen legs
- Roots – feel your feet rooted to the ground, heavy and grounded – what does it mean to be “centered”.
- Tree – let the wind blow through your branches, then return to stillness – feeling the contrast between windy and still.
- Dancer – Imagine a loved one holding your standing foot to the ground..
- Eagle – Eagle on a cliff: unhook arms, open your wings and unwind legs and imagine yourself flying.
- Forward Bend – Talk about importance of turning their awareness inward.
- Relaxation – students lie on their backs with eyes closed. Read Mindful Moment Card on Stillness – Take the next minute to listen to to your breath. See if you can follow your breath as it moves in and out of your body. Imagine your favorite color and picture yourself breathing that color in and out. What does that color mean to you