Instructor: Cecilia Fowler
Community: Grades 6-8, Classroom Setting, 45 minutes
Plan Creation Date: December 21, 2012
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Grounding
- Belly Breathing – with soft or closed eyes – Feel the seat underneath you, your feet planted into the ground. As you breathe in and your belly rises and then falls, your body body stays connected to the ground underneath you.
- Pulse Count – Find your pulse. Feel the rhythm of your heart beating for the next 30 seconds. Your heart is always beating, always sending nourishment throughout your body.
- Arm Swings – Inhaling, reaching upward, stretching long. Exhaling, lowering your arms, feeling the weight drop down through your legs.
- Mountain – Activate into your feet imagine roots spreading out underneath you. Some trees have roots that grow the length of football fields, reaching deep into the soil to support them. Imagine the strength of those roots supporting you even as you rise up, growing tall and grounded at the same time.
- Roots – As the wind blows, trees may sway back and forth, side to side. Your roots in your feet supporting may pull up, but then go and root back down again.
- Chair 15 – With a focus on grounding, planting into each position.
- Pulse Count – Finding your pulse again, feel the rhythm. It may have changed from the beginning of class. Whether it’s slower, faster, or the same, your heart is still providing nourishment throughout your body.
- Relaxation Story – Story about walking through the forest; forest floor, connection of root systems of different trees working together to support the ecosystem.