Population/Setting/Length: Pre-K - Grade 2 Ages, School Setting, 30-45 minutes

Plan Creation Date: 1/14/17

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Gtrength

Calm

  • Read Peaceful Piggy Meditation
    • Talk about how we can use meditation and mindfulness to listen to our own voice and strength.
  • Pulse Count (discussing the strength of our heartbeat)

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  • 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

  • Cat-Cow – “Finding your own flow with your breath. Notice the space between inhales and exhales as you strongly hold your cat or cow pose”.

(optional: add in opposite arm-leg extensions)

  • Flow Practice – Mat 20
    • Emphasize holding mountain, snake, and warrior 1 while being very still.  Use 5 count.  (“How can we be strong and yet relaxed at the same time?”…. I am strong. I am in control. I can do it.  I can be responsible.”)
    • Use drum to keep beat. Play with playing softly and loudly to emphasize holding poses with strength.
    • Repeat 2-4 times, use student leaders to demonstrate and to drum, allowing for peers to provide 2-3 compliments each afterwards.
  • Archetype Game – using music as indicator or movement, silence to freeze and come to a squat, and “Activate” to freeze as strong archetype statue. Use figures and animals. Talk about how different figures/animals show their strength in different ways. Invite children to offer animals to use in the game. Choose last animal such as eagle that can quiet fly, back to mat.
  • Bridge Pose – use drum to indicate movement in and out of the pose. Repeat 3xs. (“Elbows in close to the sides of the body, activate arms into “robot arms”, heart lifts to the sky, slightly tip head back to open the throat and breathe more fully.”)

Calm

  • Twist (supine)
  • Relaxation Pose – Create a personalized story using the animals that the children provided in the archetype game while the children lie in relaxation.
  • 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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