Instructor: Allyson Copachino
Community: Grades 2-5, Setting?, 30-40 minutes
Plan Creation Date: February 1, 2015
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Community
- Belly Breathing – for 3 long breaths. Continue, and choose students to lead the breath counts.
- Listening and Sharing – Listen to sounds outside the room, inside the room and inside own body. Ask the group to share what they hear.
- Rock and Roll – Students bring their knees to their chest, and inhale to roll back, exhale to roll forward. Select 1 student to lead the group in 10 rolls. Roll to standing
- Roots – Students stand in mountain pose, feet strong in the ground, noticing their breath. Students rock forward, side and back on their feet creating circles that become smaller until they return to center and are still.
- Roots with palms connected – Students stand in circle, connecting palms and trying the Roots activity. Ask students to notice differences when they do this activity independently and as a group.
- Mirror/Human Activity – Students find a partner. 1 student leads through a series of yoga poses while the other student follows. Students switch. When students finish, ask students how it felt to work as a team? When is it helpful to work as a team outside of yoga class? Did they prefer leading or following?
- Mirroring Circle – One student is assigned the “detective” and leaves the room. Another student is chosen as leader and begins guiding the other students in the circle through yoga postures while the “detective” returns and tries to guess who the leader is.
- Child’s Pose – Students are asked to listen to their breath for 1 minute.
- Relaxation – Students rest on their mats in a comfortable position. Ask students to think about a time in their lives when they’ve been surrounded by people who make them feel confident, strong and good about who they are. Who were they with? Where were they? How did it make them feel in their bodies, hearts and minds?