Population/Setting/Length: Grade 3, School Setting, 45 minutes
Plan Creation Date: 6/12/15
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Community
- Volcano Breath – with first inhalation students bring their hands up over head while thinking of someone who you support. As they exhale, bringing hands in an arc downward, they send their support out to that person. Next time, the person visualizes those who support them as they inhale and send gratitude out to those people as they exhale. On the third and final time, the person visualizes the other students in the yoga class and as they exhale, sends out support and understanding to them.
- Yoga Calm Top 10 – Go through the flow four times, allowing students to lead the poses.
- Community Circle – Ask students to close their eyes and think of the people in their community. Encourage them to think of those they see every day, and also those they see only once in a while. Ask them to think of the people who help them in their daily lives, such as teachers, bus drivers, mail carriers, store clerks, and so on. Together as a class fill out the Community Circle Worksheet. Tell students to imagine themselves in the inner circle. Fill in the circles around them with the names of people in their community. The names in the inner circle are those the student sees often and is close to. Those in the outer circle are people in their community who may not be there on an everyday basis.
- Partner Pull – Discuss how supporting others is a balancing act. It is great to be supported but one needs to give back too. Also, some people spend all their time supporting others but doesn’t have that support reciprocated.
- Block Creek – Discuss trust, fear, stepping out of one’s comfort zone and concept of support.
- Compliment Circle – Give each student an opportunity to be in the center to receive one complement from each person. Ask the student in the center to make eye contact and listen to the person as they give a complement. Make sure to include the leaders as well.
- Twist – Have students return to their chairs and complete the twist before the final relaxation exercise.
- Relaxation – Read “Around The World” on page 144 from Ready, Set, R.E.L.A.X. to help children develop an attitude of acceptance and appreciation of people who differ from them.
Instructor: Carrie Pipkin