Instructor: Dawn Blankenship
Community: Kindergarten Ages, School Setting, 35 minutes
Plan Creation Date: October 14, 2014
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Listening
Intention: Help children learn to tune in to their bodies. Help students understand it’s O.K. to make mistakes at school and to it is part of learning. Develop compassion for others when they make mistakes.
- Belly Breathing – led by a student–Feel the air fill your belly. Listen to the air as you exhale.
- Compliments – Please offer comments to your classmate for leading the breathing activity.
- Chime – Listen to the sound of the chime and give a thumbs-up when you no longer hear it.
- Tree Pose – Feel your legs and arms as you enter the pose. Listen to your body as you focus on your balance. Are you standing tall? Are your legs grounded? Have you focused on something in front of you? If you come out of the pose, listen to your body and adjust—maybe instead of putting your left leg on your inner thigh, first put it on your calf. If you put it on your calf and it’s still hard to balance, listen to your body and place your left foot on your ankle instead. It’s not important how high you place your foot, rather, it’s most important to listen to and focus on your body. Remember to breathe as you hold the pose for 10 counts. As you practice this pose, tell yourself “I am doing the best I can. It’s O.K. to come out the pose and try again”.
- Trees in a Circle Activity – listen to your body and pay attention to your classmates’ bodies as your balance shifts. Try to maintain the pose for 10 counts on each foot. Feel your body as it supports you and your classmates.
- Read the book, “It’s OK to Make Mistakes” by Todd Parr and discuss how it felt when you came out of the pose before you wanted to. Was it O.K.? Did you try again? With Trees in a Circle, were you able to listen to your body and focus on your classmates. Did you use your positive thinking?
- Belly Breathing – led by a peer