Instructor: Anne Buchwald
Community: Grade 2, classroom, 30-40 minutes
Plan Creation Date: February 28, 2013
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Grounding
Props: Music, leaves
- Choose someone to do the breathing ball 10 times (choosing someone who appears less engaged)
- Ask class what they think it means to be grounded, and explain to them.
- Show them a picture of the four corners of the hand and foot and challenge them to try to push those points into the “ground” as we do poses today.
Do series of grounding poses:
- Mountain – Try it with feet together, feet apart, slumped over. What is the difference?
- Roots – Try rocking back and forth, circling smaller and smaller. Feel the stability of your feet grounded into the floor as the rest of your body sways.
- Tree pose, Tree with partner, Tree Circle – Notice the ability you have to balance yourself. Notice the connection with your partner and how you help each other. Notice the difference doing tree pose in a large group, how you have to work together to support each other. How does it feel to be supported by a group?
- Dim lights and play soft music
- Hand each child a leaf from a tree and have them lay down in their spots.
- Guided relaxation – using tree in the wind visualization (gentle breeze vs strong wind with your trunk grounded into the earth).