Instructor: Ruth Haske
Community: Kindergarten Ages, School Setting, 45 minutes
Plan Creation Date: August 15, 2015
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Listening
- Standing Pulse Count – whilst standing count pulse for 30 seconds.
- Volcano Breath – have one child lead. “How many breaths should we do?” Practice volcano breath and listen to the sounds of your breathing. “Can you hear anything when you breathe in or out?” “How about during that pause in between?”
- Roots – send roots deep into the earth. Feel the wind blow you around, but you are strong and will not blow over.
- Sun Salutation – children are familiar with the individual poses so now we can introduce this flow. Repeat two times to a drum beat (possibly inviting a student to play the drum).
- Tree – practice alignment by inviting a student to demonstrate first. How long can we hold this pose for? Hold the pose to a drum beat (max of 10).
- Mirroring Tree – working with a partner assign a leader and a follower. You need to communicate with your partner without words. The leader demonstrates movements whilst in tree pose and the follower mirrors these movements. Can they work out a non-verbal way to switch roles?
- Yes/No Game – Play very simply at first using only “yes” or “no” to enable the seeker to discover the chosen object (like the hot/cold game). How do you feel when you hear “no” all the time? how about when you hear “yes” all the time? With more practice we can perhaps introduce non- verbal cues in place of “yes” and “no”.
- Changing Channels – lay on your mat with your eyes closed. Think of yourself sitting at home drinking a cup of cocoa / baking cookies / playing in the playground / swimming / holding a small pet / riding a bike / picking flowers / playing in the snow / snuggling in a sleeping bag / picking berries / going on a road trip / listening to a bedtime story.
- Back Drawing – sitting in a circle silently draw a gift on the back of the person in front of you. Whisper to that person the gift that you drew for them.