Population/Setting/Length: Pre-K Ages, School Setting, 30 minutes

Plan Creation Date: 1/14/17

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Stillness

Calm

  • Read The Quiet Book
    • Invite the children to share about their own types of quiet
  • Belly Breathing with Hoberman sphere (discuss sitting like a king/queen, start once all children are making eye contact with teacher):
    • Teacher leads the children through belly breathing with Hoberman sphere for 5 breaths, counting to show the timing
    • Student leads with a helper counting, leader chooses # of breaths between 5-10.
    • Compliments for the two student leaders

Activate

  • Rocking Boat to still boat – Emphasize all doing this together in unison. 3x rocking to stillness. Talk about how if we all hold stillness at the same time, the waters start to become still and it is easier for all of the boats to be still. We are supporting one another in this stillness. Repeat 3xs with student leaders.
  • Mountain Pose – Talk about the stillness and quiet just before snow falls on the tops of the mountain. Once everyone is still and quiet, hold for 5 count.
  • Crescent Moon – Talk about how the moon is still and the night is quiet while holding this pose. Hold on each side for 5 count, having student leaders count for the group.
  • Flow Practice – Mountain—Earth Touch—Warrior 1— Plank— Quiet Snake— Hissing Snake— Plank— Warrior 1— Mountain. Repeat 2-4 times.
    • Emphasize holding mountain, quiet snake and warrior 1 while being very still.  Use 5 count. 
  • Tree – Play with being a very still, rooted tree and maintaining stillness when there is wind making our branches sway back and forth. (“How do we stay rooted and steady, even when we are being pushed by the wind?”)

Calm

  • Twist (supine)
  • Relaxation pose with a Guided Meditation of a boat being still on a lake. Provide imagery of the lake being calm and quiet on the surface. The boat remains still and peaceful even though just below the water’s surface there is a lot of activity happening.
  • Singing bowl to silence – Quietly come to a comfortable seated position, keeping eyes closed. Close eyes, ring signing bowl. Open eyes when the ringing stops.  Encourage the children to look around the room and make eye contact with their friends, thanking them with for supporting one another in practicing yoga together.

Instructor:  Kathleen Hicks

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