Instructor: Jenifer Trivelli
Community: Grades PreK – 5, Community Setting, 45 minutes
Plan Creation Date: October 24, 2015
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Community
- Hoberman Sphere Belly Breathing – invite students to take turns leading the class, choosing a counter for 3 breaths.
- Volcano Breath – send warm feelings to someone you love, someone in the room, and yourself.
- Mat 15 – invite a student to lead the class, pausing to draw attention to the community of mountains, rag dolls, warriors, dogs, and chairs. Wonder aloud what it would take to be a helpful member of each different makeup of community.
- Compliments – ask students to offer compliments to the leader and to each other.
- Tree Circle and Animals in the Forest – become a circle of trees around a meadow. Instruct students to breathe, activate, and then expand by imagining all of us as a community of trees. Let each child have a turn as an animal in the meadow. The remaining trees are strong and protective of the meadow animals.
- Child’s Pose – direct the children back to their mats to think of their favorite animal bedding down for a rest.
- Back Drawing – guide children through a story of the Mat 15 community, full of mountains, dolls, warriors, dogs, and chairs. Highlight ways they connect and support each other.
- Guided Relaxation/Chime – invite children to imagine relaxing in a safe meadow, on soft grass, with a warm sun shining down on them and blue sky above. Ask them to imagine someone who loves them and supports them there next to them in the grass. With each of the three chimes, direct students to imagine again sending warm feelings to someone they love, someone in the room, and ending with themselves.