Population/Setting/Length: Grades 6-8, School Setting, 45-60 minutes
Plan Creation Date: 10/25/16
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Gtrength
- Belly Breathing – Demonstrate proper breathing and proper posture for the group. Instructor will lead one round of breathing, and then student will lead the next.
- Mindful Moment Card – Allow a few students to read a Strength card and share their responses. Ask the group to think about what it means to be strong and discuss that there are different types of strength: physical, mental, and emotional.
- Read Story – “Ahaiyute and the Cloud Eater.” Talk about the ways that the main character used strength in order to accomplish difficult tasks throughout the story.
- Mountain – Have student stand in Mountain Pose. Ask them to think about what it means to be strong, and have them hold this pose silently.
- Activate/Relax Walk – Guide students through the Activate/Relax Walk. Incorporate various Strength poses into this activity, such as Warrior I, Warrior II, Dancer, Star, Chair, and Tree. Instructor can use a drum as students walk around, and can also use a students as a leader. Have students stand like a superhero for one minute.
- Chair 15 – Have students return to their desks. Guide students through the “Yoga Calm Chair 15” routine, which includes the following poses: Seated Belly Breathing, Seated Pulse Count, Volcano Breath, Mountain, Upward Mountain, Forward Bend, Lunge-right leg back, Upper Lunge, Chair Dog, Lunge-left leg back, Upward Lunge, Forward Bend, Chair, Upward Mountain, Mountain, and Twist. Repeat another time, if needed.
- One Minute Exploration – Then, guide students through a One Minute Exploration. During this time, ask students to think about a time when they had to be strong, and how that felt.
- Strong Voice – Quickly review the story read during the first part of the class, and discuss how the character used his strength. Have students complete the “Strong Voice” writing activity, and share their responses with each other.
- Volcano Breath – Guide students in Volcano Breath, sending messages of strength out to each other.
Instructor: Jennifer Clearwaters