Instructor: Laura David
Community: Grades 5-8 (Ages 10-14), School Setting, 30 minutes
Plan Creation Date: May 1, 2016
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Grounding
- Belly Breathing – Get heavy in your sit bones, head held high as if wearing a crown. Let your whole body sink into the ground like a heavy stone sinking into mud. Ask group how many breaths they would like to take. Invite 2 members to lead, one to lead breathe with Hoberman Sphere, one to count. Follow with compliments to the leaders by group members. (5 minutes)
- Chime – Set intention for group (to ground and get mind and body ready for the practice) – Use chimes. Once chimes no longer are heard, put thumb up. (1 minute)
- Pulse Count – Return to sitting position if you would like. Every beat of your heart brings you closer to the earth, holding you there steady and strong. (3 minutes)
- Intro – We are going on a journey today to a beautiful rock formation called Bowl and Pitcher at Riverside State Park. (15 min):
- Boat – We get in our boat to begin our journey.
- Rock and Roll – There are waves in our boat, but our boat is solid, keeping us safe.
- Alternate Arm Leg Kicks – We reach the other side and begin to walk.
- Bridge – We need to cross a stream and see a bridge. This bridge is sturdy and anchored into the ground with solid concrete.
- Plank – We walk over this heavy, solid bridge to get to the other side.
- Upward Mountain – We start up the mountain to get a good view of the rock formations.
- Roots – Ground yourself as if someone is holding your ankles to the ground.
- Tree – Look around at the view. The trees are beautiful, and while gently swaying in the wind, is strongly rooted and grounded into the earth.
- Eagle – We even see an eagle, nestled into one of the trees. It then magnificently takes off, soaring through the air.
- Block Creek – We return by another path. Ground yourself and use positive self-talk “I am strong” or “I can do it.”
- Relaxation – Mindful Moment Card Grounding: Imagine yourself sitting on a large warm rock on the top of a mountain. It is a beautiful clear day and you can see for miles. Where are you and what can you see? (1 minute)