Instructor: Kim Buller
Community: Grades 3-5, Setting?, 45 minutes
Plan Creation Date: December 8, 2014
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Stillness
- Belly Breathing – Lay down on your mat and feel your body becoming still. Place your hands on your belly and feel it move up and down as you breathe in and out.
- Pulse Count – Have children sit up on their mats and show them how to find their pulse. As you are in a calm state, we are going to count the beats of our pulse. This is an activity you can do when you are feeling calm or active to learn about your body. When you are more aware of your heart rate, you can use that information to help bring stillness to your body.
- Roots – We are going to practice calming and centering our bodies. Ground your feet into the mat, slowly rock side to side, back to front and then make small circles. Bring your body back to stillness.
- Eagle – This pose takes a lot of focus as we practice balance while sitting in our nest and while flying over the earth, seeing the stillness and calm below. Imagine your nest as we stay still in this pose. Slowing fly out of your nest and feel the stillness as you spread your wings and take flight.
- Coyote Moving Story – We are going to bring together poses we have learned in previous classes and practice them in a story. Highlight moments of stillness while leading children through the story, focusing on the natural beauty and relationships in the story.
- Belly Breathing/Calm Voice Worksheet – Lay back on your mats and let’s take 5 deep breaths together as we bring our bodies back to a place of stillness. We are going to focus on finding the calm voice inside of us. Encourage children to think about the questions on the worksheet and then provide the opportunity for them to write down their answers. Ask for children to share if they are comfortable doing so. Remind them they can access that calm voice when they are having a hard time and/or wanting to relax.