Instructor: Erin Brennan
Community: Elementary through High School Ages, 60 minutes
Plan Creation Date: November 1, 2015
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Strength
Academic/Therapuetic/Other Goals: Self-confidence
Props/Music Resources Required: Chime, Hoberman Sphere, Soothing music
- Chime – Sound a chime once to center the students and prepare them for the lesson. Ask them to give a thumbs-up once they can no longer hear the chime. One student sounds the chime. Ask the students to keep their bodies very still. Ask the students what other sounds came to their awareness.
- Belly Breathing – One student leads with Hoberman Sphere and another counts off a selected number of breaths. Ask for three compliments for the student leading the breathing.
- Strong Voice Activity – Ask students to lie down with eyes closed. Read the Strong Voice Worksheet out loud. Have them get into small groups and discuss their answers and comments.
- Volcano Breath – Imagine your breath rising up deep from the earth, like a volcano.
- Mountain Pose – Feel your feet rooted to the ground, heavy and grounded.
- Standing Flow – Upward Mountain and Crescent Moon, Cat/Cow, Alternate Arm/Leg Kicks, Child’s Pose, Downward Facing Dog. Repeat the sequence two more times.
- Strength Activity – Have a volunteer stand in the center of the circle holding arms up and straight out to his/her side. Ask them to think of three things they are “really bad” at. Stand behind the volunteer try to push down on their arms while asking them not to let you push their arms down. Student’s arm should readily fall.
Do the opposite, this time asking the volunteer to think of three things they’re “really good” at. Push down on arms. This time the arms should remain fixed and strong.
- Relaxation – students lie on their backs with eyes closed. Read Enjoy Script “Bicycle Trip” from Ready. Set. R.E.L.A.X pp. 98-99