Instructor: Samantha Thompson
Community: Elementary Ages, School Setting, 30 minutes
Plan Creation Date: November 1, 2016
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Community
- Belly Breathing – with Hoberman Sphere – Offer students to take turns leading breathing with the breathing ball. Listen as we all breathe together, listen to the wind we make together as we breathe out.
- Partner Breathing – Notice how each of you are breathing. Work together to bring your breath together as one. Think about how it feels to be a part of this team, how does it feel to work together?
- Upward Mountain – As you breathe, notice our community of strong mountains. How does it feel to be surrounded by so many, but have it so quiet? Do you hear every one’s breath?
- Forward Fold – Let go and release your muscles to just let your body hang.
Repeat a 3-4 times- Take turns having students lead, give compliments
- Upward Mountain Circle – using alien ball, notice how our community is effected when one person drops out, what does this look like in the classroom?
- Tree Circle – Forest of trees blowing in the wind…is it easier to stand alone, or with the support of the community in our tree circle? Use Alien Ball and note what happens to our community when one person disconnects from the community.
- Eagle – When releasing into flight in this position, support one another, just as a huge flock of birds supports and sways in the sky, each bird’s movement helping the others to adjust.
- Partner Stretching – Let your muscles expand as you are supporting your partner. How does it feel to trust another person?
- Forward Fold
- Upward Mountain – Reach your arms up and expand your spine and arms as you breathe.
- Twist – Go to chair, twist.
- Relaxation – Mindful Moment card – “Think of all the people in your community that make your life better. You might think about the cooks, the people who collect the garbage, the teachers, the people who grow food, and the people in the grocery store. Think of as many people as you can. How can you show these people that you appreciate the work they do?”