Instructor: Betsey Ashley
Community: Grade 4, School Setting, 30 minutes
Plan Creation Date: February 3, 2016
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Listening
- Hoberman Belly Breathing – The first thing we are going to do today is start with taking some good, deep breaths. Everyone sit on your chairs and put both feet on the ground. Now place one hand on your belly, and one hand on your heart. Would anyone like to hold the ball and be the leader? Great! _______________please choose a number of breathes between 5 and 10. Is there anyone who would like to be our breath counter? Thank you, ____________Wow! You all are really great breathers! Would anyone like to say something nice to ____________ about how well they did leading with the ball? ____________Would you like to give a compliment to ________________for their counting?
- Pulse Count – Find your pulse. Now take a moment, with your eyes closed, to listen to the rhythm of your heartbeat. Is it beating fast, or slow? Now count to twenty with the rhythm.
- Top 10 Flow – Lead this flow with drum beats. Remind the students to listen to the beat of the drum, as well as the beat of their heart, throughout the flow.
- Tree – Bring your hands together, in front of your heart. Imagine you are tree, standing tall in the sunshine. Listen to the sound of the birds singing in your branches. Hear the babbling of the small brook near by. Feel the roots from your feet reach deep in the earth. Raise your right leg, and come into Tree. Breathe in and out through your nose. Reach your arms up like branches, stretching out into the warm sun. Put your right foot down and switch legs.
- Calm Voice – Sometimes in our busy lives it’s hard to hear our own quiet voice inside. Come to a laying down position. Place your hands on your belly and listen to the sound of your breath as I count to three. Close your eyes, and answer to yourself as I read these questions.