Instructor: Katie Kenefick
Community: Grade 5, Classroom Setting
Plan Creation Date: February 26, 2013
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Stillness
- Centering with Chime – Ask the students to sit up nice and tall, root their feet to the earth and get their ears ready to listen. Notice the sounds in the room and the stillness that falls over the room after sustained listening.
- Belly Breathing with Hoberman Sphere – 10 breaths – Breathe with the Hoberman Sphere first for 4 breaths and then pass the Sphere to a table of students to finish breathing. Ask for compliments from the class for two students at the table.
- Roots – Begin by moving your body left and right, forward and back then move in a circle. Make the circle smaller and smaller until you can stand still in your Mountain, rooted through the four corners of your feet. Does your body feel still when you stop moving? Do you feel centered and still?
- Mountain – Stand still in your Mountain and feel your body centered, your ears open and listening.
- Forward Bend – Plant your hands on the mat and come into Table Top.
- Cat/Cow – Flow through Cat/Cow, link your breath with your movement as you round your spine like a Halloween Cat and gaze up as you come into Cow Pose.
- Child’s Pose – Find stillness in your Child’s Pose and breathe deeply into your back for 4 breaths. Push into Table Top.
- Cat/Cow – Flow through Cat/Cow and then find stillness in your Table Top.
- Downward Dog – Tuck your toes and send your tail to the sky, come into Downward Dog. Peddle out your feet, wag your tail and then find stillness in your Downward Dog.
- Forward Bend – Gaze to your hands and step your feet up to the top of your mat, hang in your forward fold, send your hands to your hips, draw your elbows back and come to stand.
- Mountain – End in Mountain with Volcano Breath, sending out thoughts of stillness and calm.
- After you have sent out your thoughts of stillness with Volcano Breath in Mountain, stand completely still in your Mountain for 30 seconds. Notice how your body is feeling. Are you able to create calm in your classroom? What can you do to help spread that feeling to others around you?
- Complete Calm Voice worksheet to end this sequence