Population/Setting/Length: Grade 3, School Setting, 45 minutes
Plan Creation Date: 6/11/15
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Gtrength
- Belly Breathing – feeling the weight of your body in your chair. Make your legs heavy and strong. Picture a tree trunk and your legs are the roots going into the earth. Imagine how strong that tree it.
- Pulse Count – find your pulse, then listen to the rhythm of your heart. Picture a big drum with a large stick and each time you hear your heart beat, imagine playing that big deep not on the drum. Play that drum for 20 beats of your heart.
- Yoga Calm Mat 20 – Stop in several of the poses and feel the strength of your body. For instance, when in Mountain stop and imagine how strong a mountain must be. Then in Tree, ask yourself what makes a tree so strong? With each pose, ask them to make their body as strong as they can. Practice this two times, allowing students to lead pose flow. Make sure to give alignment reminders.
- Roots Circle – Stand in a circle – Roots activity – Feel yourself anchored to the ground. With your eyes shut, think of all the people in your world who support you and make you feel strong. Imagine them holding your feet to the ground.
- Trees in a Circle – activity to the count of 10 on each foot. Feel how your partner’s support helps you to root your foot into the earth, making you stronger. Give alignment reminders.
- 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 leaders.
- Child’s Pose – Have students come into child’s pose before reading the final relaxation exercise.
- Relaxation – Read the following Mindful Moment Card on Strength: “Hal Borland said ‘if you would (like) to know strength and courage, welcome the company of trees.’ What did he mean?”
Instructor: Carrie Pipkin