Instructor: Jacquie Atherton
Community: Grades 6-8, 30-40 minutes
Plan Creation Date: January 16, 2016
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Community
- Mindful Moment Card/Community – Take a moment to reflect on all the things that are good in your life and the people who make a difference.
- Active/Relax Walk – Have one of the students demonstrate Mountain and how to Activate. Ask the students to walk around the room in a relaxed manner and upon active command students freeze while staying firm and focused. Relax the command and they continue walking. Continue to alternate the commands going from Activate to Relax for a few seconds for each and repeat this for several times. Have the students then walk in a way that is both Activated and Relaxed and ask them how they feel different from before.
- Roots – Stand with feet hip-width apart and hands pointing straight down. Rock forward and back with body Activated and feet firmly on the floor. Rock side to side and slowly return to center.
- Partner Pull – Pair up with a student and hold each others right wrist with the right hand. Step back 1 to 2 feet and bend the knees, and sit back until thighs are almost parallel to the floor and back in flat. Gently pull the right hip back and stretching the right side. Work on your breath while pulling through your right side. Come up together and repeat on the other side.
- Tree Circle – Have the students make a large circle, facing in and standing about 3 feet apart. Place hands together on each side and lift the right leg up for tree pose. Press into each others hands and use each other for support. Switch legs together and repeat.
- Tree – Now do Tree Pose on your own and feel that support from the others, as you come in to the pose by yourself. Look at each individual and thank them for their support.
- Calm Voice – Use the activity sheet and then have the students share what they could hear when they listed to the calm voice inside. How can you use this in your daily activities.
- Back Drawing – Get a partner and choose one person to sit behind the other. Using the back like a piece of paper, use your fingers to draw a story on the other persons back. Draw something that reminds you of this person and then let them know what that was. Repeat having the other person do the drawing.