Instructor: Melanie Harper
Community: Grade 4-5, School or Yoga Studio Setting, 60 minutes
Plan Creation Date: March 11, 2015
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Strength
- Intro – Have the word “strength” written on the board
- Picture Activity – Pictures of different people – athletes, warriors, artists, president scattered on the floor. Ask the kids what is that word? Strength. Have the kids pick 1 picture that represents strength to them. Students place picture in front of them.
- Belly Breathing – with Breathing Ball
- Sharing – Place names face down. Kids share why they chose that picture. After sharing they see if they can match their picture to the name.
- Yoga Pose Sharing – When you think of the word strength what yoga pose do you think of? Each student takes turns going in the middle of the circle and does one
yoga pose that they think represents strength for them.
- Yoga Flow – Have students practice warrior 1, warrior 2, roots, mountain, forward fold, star, chair, eagle, forward fold. Then downward dog, cobra, downward dog, dolphin, bow, child’s pose, boat, leg extensions foot circles, rock and roll, boat, bridge, rock and roll, table.
- Guided Relaxation – Lay down and just relax your body, relax your head, relax your arms, your back, and stomach, let your legs feel heavy and just close your eyes. Take a deep breath in and out. I want you to think about a time that you felt really strong. What were you doing? Who was there with you? This can be a physical strength, or an emotional strength. Maybe it was a favorite activity, or perhaps it was accomplishing something you worked hard on, or you did something really well. Think about how you felt. Take another deep breath in and out. Now I want you to wiggle your toes, wiggle your fingertips move your head from side to side. When your ready, sit up slowly and open your eyes.
- Sharing – Have students share their experience about a time when they felt strong.
- Art and Games