Instructor: Anne Byer
Community: Middle School Students with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, School Setting, 45 minutes
Plan Creation Date: February 10, 2015
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Listening
- Belly Breathing – with Hoberman Sphere
- Chime – student volunteer to ring it, keep you eyes open. Raise your hand when you no longer hear the sound. Repeat with eyes close. Ask for feedback about whether it was easier or harder to hear the sound with your eyes closed. Ask for explanations. Use it as jumping off point to talk about distractions and focus.
- Forward Bend – Relax your head and neck, lightly move your finger tips on the floor back and forth (bend your knees if your fingers don’t touch the floor)
- Chair – extend your hips back toward the wall as your actively extend your arms up toward the sky.
- Compliment Game – with ball of yarn – hold the end of the yarn and toss the skein to someone in the circle after they catch it given them a compliment. Continue until everyone is holding some of the yarn. After completing this, slowly unravel the yard by reverse the order. No talking during this part, only communicating without words
- Mountain to Mountain (from Mat 20) 2x – (A students volunteer calls out the poses.) Repeat the second time with another volunteer
- Child’s Pose – Relax into the fold of your body- supporting your head on your fists or the floor. F eel how your folded legs holds up your chest and allow your body to relax into that support.
- Relaxation – Corpse Pose – Offer stone to those who want it for their diaphragm. As you relax your body, let the floor support you. Feel the stone moving up and down without you having to give it any effort. Listen to your body- which muscles are tight right now that can be relaxed. Focus on those muscles. As your body starts to fully relax listen to your breathing, the soft sound you make as you breathe in and out. Allow 5 minutes for this pose.