Instructor: Kim Davies
Community: Grades 3 – 5, After School Group, Girls group
Plan Creation Date: February 27, 2013
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Community
Goals: To identify people in our life that are there to support us; sometimes we need supportive people to challenge us
Props/Music Resources required: Mats, Mindful Moments card, Hoberman Sphere, MP3 Player, drum, Community Circle worksheet, pencils, Gwinna
- Breathing Ball – Student is chosen to lead between 5 and 10 breaths. Another student is the counter. Compliments are given to the counter and leader. Notice how breathing together can give a feeling of connection and community.
- Read Mindful Moments Card – Think of a family member or friend that is very important to you. Why is that person important? How do they make you feel special? Kids can share if they wish too.
- Leg Stretch – Write name of someone who gives you support. With the other foot write the name of someone you give support to; are a good friend to.
- Boat – Students take turns leading the pose using different
- Volcano Breaths – Send heart thoughts to someone in your life that is having a hard time. This compassion towards others builds community through connection.
- Sun Salutation – Students are chosen to lead Sun Salutation while another student drums. Compliments are given to the leader and the leader compliments the drummer. During Sun Salutation, think of people in your life that support you and notice how that affects your body and mind.
- Copy-Paste – One of the ways we build community is through having fun! This is a fun improv game. One student says a word with a movement and looks at someone else in the circle and changes place with them. That person copies what they did and “passes” it to someone else. It slowly changes as people put their own interpretation/twist on the movement.
- Tree Challenge ll – Sometimes we need our friends to challenge us to grow, like the wind challenges a tree to grow stronger. Work with your partner in tree pose to challenge each other while supporting each other by working together to mirror poses.
Social Emotional Activity
- Community Circle – Students lie down and close their eyes. Think of people in your community that you see daily or only sometimes like at the library or Food Front, etc. Then think of your friends and family and teachers. Think of all the people that are there to help you. Hand out Community Circle worksheet. Put your name in the middle and then put those people closest to you in the inner circles and those people in the community that you don’t see as often and don’t have as close of a relationship with in the outer circles. Share your community circle with a partner.
- Relaxation – Gwinna Chapter 4 Owl-Light. Darken room, kids lay on their mats or are in a circle for back drawing. Gwinna was feeling lost after her parents were turned to stone. Who came to help her? (Owls became community supporters).