Instructor: Jeannie Cziesla
Community: Kindergarten, Classroom Setting
Plan Creation Date: January 14, 2013
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Strength
Props/Music Resources required: Paper bobble head Russell Wilson (Seahawks QB) that I made from template in newspaper, Anjali CD, CD player
- Discussion – Interaction with kids – When do we use our strength? What are different kinds of strength? (physical and inner); When have you used each of these? Kids share; Can you think of someone who is strong (superhero, relative, friend)? Kids share ideas; Show Russell Wilson paper bobble head doll (Seahawks QB – when Seahawks in Playoffs) as example of strength.
- Breathing – with Hoberman Ball – Student leads for 5 breath counts; another student counts
- Arm Raises – Hug your muscles into your arm bones, extend fingers out like rays of the sun, sweep arms overhead; One hand planted on the ground, sweep the other overhead; Getting our bodies ready to be strong.
- Hands and Knees Pose – Spread your hands on the ground, feel all four corners of your hands.
- Cat/Cow Pose – Feel the stretch across our chests in cow; in our backs in cat.
- Mountain Pose – Feel the strength of your legs; press your hands together in front of your chest, activate your arm muscles; Think about a time when you were strong.
- Upward Mountain Pose – Extend arms to the sky, tickle the clouds and plant our roots into the ground.
- Warrior I and II Poses – Think about your person of strength. Can you picture them or hear their voice? Can you close your eyes and feel your own strength in this pose?
- Modified Dancer Pose – Extend your arm like you’re flying, root through the foot on the ground, switch sides. Feel each leg as you switch sides. Do they feel different?
- Mountain Pose – Stand up and feel grounded again; strong feet.
- Forward Fold – Let go and fold forward; shake head side to side and let arms dangle.
- Relaxation – Progressive relaxation – activate the muscles, feel their strength, them let go completely, work from feet up to head/face. Now completely relax into the earth.
- Breathing – with Hoberman Ball – One child leads with Hoberman ball; another child counts out 5 breaths; Compliments for leaders.