Instructor:  Jeanine Long

Community: Grades 4-5, Boys with anger issues, Classroom Setting?, 60 minutes

Plan Creation Date: July 9, 2013

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Grounding

Props/Music/Resources Required: Strong Voice handout, Breathe In, Breathe Out script, quiet music with CD player

Lesson Plan:

Calm – 10 min.

  • Wood Chopper – When you take your arms overhead think of yourself standing strong and powerful, rooted to the earth. Hug your muscle to the bone and when you swing your hands down to chop the wood, make a loud Huh sound. Raise your hands above your head again and from there, grow roots and then swing your hands down, chopping the wood and making a loud Huh sound. Repeat 3 additional times for a total of 5X
  • Pulse count – for 15 seconds – You are strong and you are enough.

Activate – 45 min.

  • Strong Voice – Ask the boys to sit in chairs or lie on the floor with their eyes closed. Read the following sentences to them reminding them the chair and the ground will support you. Feel the chair and the ground supporting your body. Can you find the strong voice inside of you? Is there something you can do to help yourself find it? Where do you feel the strong voice in your body? Is the voice high or low? Loud or soft? Does the voice make you think of someone? Who does it sound like? What does the voice say? What is it telling you? How can you use your strong voice in a helpful way when you are angry? Have you used your strength in a negative way? When do you need your strong voice? Allow the boys time to complete the page and share them with the group.
  • Roots – The ground is always there for you.
  • Star – Wrap your muscle to the bone. And from there think of someone you would like to share your radiating star with and shine your light towards that person.
  • Tree – Stand tall, be courageous and keeping that pose, reach towards your neighbor and feel his strength.
  • Tree Circle – Press into his hand and use his strength to support yourself. Repeat this sequence 3X

Calm – 5 min.

  • Progressive Relaxation – Guide the boys through a progressive relaxation called Breath In, Breath Out from Ready…Set…Relax! pg. 64.

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