Instructor: Jocelyn Van Hee
Community: Grades 2-3, School Setting, 30 minutes
Plan Creation Date: January 1, 2015
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Listening
- Intro – Introduce the lesson goal of listening for the day and discuss how as a group they will be focusing on hearing and noticing everything they can today. Sometimes as we are rushing about in our day, we forget to listen and notice the small things in our life.
- Pinwheel Breath – Pass around a few pinwheels to the group and allow everyone to have a turn spinning the pinwheel with their breath. Encourage them to release slow deep breaths to make the pinwheel spin.
- Activate Game with Drum Beat – Students will walk around the room to a drumbeat and when drum beat stops they need to activate and freeze muscles. If appropriate, ask for student participation with beating the drum. -Experiment with faster and slower drum beats.
- Yoga Calm Mat 20 – with drumbeat. Take sections of the mat 20 and play a soft, steady, drum beat to guide the class through the series of poses. Have a student volunteer for the drum beat as well as a student in the front of the class mirroring your poses. Have the students quietly focus on moving between poses with little sound besides the sound of the drumbeat. Provide alignment reminders such as expand, send laser beams to the sky, feel grounded in the four corners of your feet.
- Compliments – Ask for the class to provide compliments for the volunteers. Have the students appreciate what they heard the volunteers doing.
- Relaxation – Have the students sit or lie completely still for 30 seconds and have them notice all the sounds in the classroom.
- Visual Imagery – Read the “Listen” script from Ready, Set, Relax by Jeff Allen and Roger Klien, or another script that recognizes the beauty of listening.