Instructor: Heidi Adamson-Baer
Community: Grade 3, School Setting, 30 minutes
Plan Creation Date: March 15, 2016
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Community
Equipment Needed: Yoga Mats
- Yoga Calm Ground Rules
- Treat yourself like a King or Queen
- No stepping on Mats with shoes
- Respect each other’s space
- Give it your best effort
- Use Positive Self Talk: I am strong; I am in control, I can do it, I can be responsible
- Instead of I can’t use: I am not ready for that or I haven’t learned that yet.
(Get students focused and self aware)
- Belly Breathing – lying down on back x 5. Hands are placed on the belly.
(Get them moving and activate their bodies and minds) Use language of alignment principles and trust.
- Mountain – Standing tall and strong. “Spread toes and press out evenly through the four corners of each foot.”
- Upward Mountain – “Lift your upper chest and raise your hands above your head. Palms face each other and fingers are reaching towards the sky. Draw the shoulder blades onto the back and into the back of the heart, supporting the lifting of the chest.”
- Forward Fold – “Exhale- letting go and allowing body to relax”
- Mountain – “Keeping feet evenly grounded to the earth, return to mountain pose; hand heart center.”
- Tree – Ask a student to help demonstrate this pose. “Activate your body and press standing leg down, rooting yourself like a tree to the earth. Press palms together in front of the heart to help with balance. Then, stretch arms and head up like branches to the sky, while rooting your standing leg.” Repeat on the other leg.
- Partner Tree Version #2 – Ask two students to help demonstrate this pose. At first, press hands gently toward each other for support. “How does it feel to have the support of someone else in this pose.” Then slowly begin to challenge each other by gently pressing back and forth, out to the sides, and so on without falling off balance. Don’t grab or pull the other person’s hand or push your hand into your partner’s body. How does it feel to have someone challenging you and not helping you with this pose? Switch Arms, then switch legs.
- Trust Walk and Sensory Adventure – Social/Emotional Activity – Follow directions as listed on Page 126 of Yoga Calm. Use language to focus on friendship and trust. After completion of activity ask students to share their thoughts and feelings about the activity and trusting their partner.
(Activity or process that allows them to rest, reflect, and integrate what they have learned)
- Belly Breathing – lying on back X 3.
- 1 Minute Exploration – “Think of someone that you trust. What is it that they do or say that makes you trust them? What qualities do you have that makes you trustworthy?” What does it look like? Feel like to have someone you can trust in your life?”