Instructor: Ruth Haske
Community: Kindergarten Ages, School Setting, 45 minutes
Plan Creation Date: August 12, 2015
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Strength
- Belly Breathing – with one student leading with Hoberman sphere and another counting off a selected number of breaths (up to 10). Ask for compliments for the leader & counter
- Volcano Breath – have one child lead. Practice volcano breath and send strength to a friend. Let the children share who they chose to send the strength to.
- Pulse Count – feel your pulse for 30 seconds. How strong did the pulse feel?
- Roots – send roots deep into the ground (imagining you are your tree). A strong wind comes and blows you and although you sway you are strong and do not fall.
- Tree – Ask children to hold tree pose. Give a slow drum beat and allow the children to count the beats to see how long they can hold the pose. They can remember this number to try and increase their strength by holding the pose for longer in future classes.
- Tree Circle – switch to tree pose whilst keeping in the circle. Activate the circle. What happens? Allow two children to become nighttime woodland animals who challenge the ‘forest’. Keep up the circle with the challengers moving through. Can the animals distract the trees? (ensure ground rules are established – i.e. no touching/pushing etc.)
- Warrior Flow – practice the flow one time whilst holding each pose for the count of 5. Finish by standing in mountain pose. How can you make your mountain strong? Practice the flow with a gentle drum beat. Invite one student to demonstrate alignment of the flow – example of sagging belly & strong belly.
- Warrior II to left
- Warrior II to right
- Strength Challenge – invite the children to choose a pose that demonstrates strength and decide upon how many beats to hold it for. Offer a responsible alternative of child’s pose for anyone who would prefer to choose this instead. Invite compliments for the challenge.
- Progressive Relaxation – feel the strength and release of each part of their body.