Instructor: Elliot Witherspoon
Community: Preschool Ages, Classroom Setting, 30 minutes
Plan Creation Date: April 30, 2015
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Strength
1. Treat yourself like royalty.
2. Respect each others’ space.
3. Use positive self-talk: I am strong. I am in control. I can do it. I can be responsible.
4. If you are struggling, instead of saying “I can’t”, say I’m not ready for that” or “I haven’t learned that yet”.
- Belly Breathing – placing hands on their bellies, children can watch how their bodies can move their hand up and down. Reminder that they can listen to their bodies when their bodies have something important to tell them…(hunger, thirst, fatigue, time to learn, time to stop).
- Volcano Breath – Think of someone who could use some strength right now. Send out wishes of strength. Share out for three people—to whom they sent their strength.
- Roots – Students will find their center and anchor into their strength. With both feet on the ground, slowly rotate the body around and around. Big circles to smaller circles, then center, becoming still in their strength. With body activated, and eyes closed, circle right and left. Notice how the feet help one to balance.
- Tree – Standing with feet and legs together, notice feet on the floor. Then shift weight back and forth. Slowly shift weight onto one side and lift one foot up. Reminder that we can just sometimes just lift our foot barely above the floor and other times we can lift if above our knee! Listen to your body and what it’s telling you.
- Warrior Flow – Practice the following flow two to three times holding each pose for at least eight beats:
- Warrior II (left)
- Warrior II (right)
- Upward mountain – Stand with legs shoulder width apart and lift your arms above your head. Face the palms of your hands toward each other as your lift your head, your belly and your heart. Lower your shoulders and breathe.
- Crescent Moon – Now bring the arms overhead and side bend to one side to be a sky full of moons, then to the other side.
- Relaxation – Mindful Moment: Thinking of a time you tried something that was challenging and succeeded.
- Belly Breathing – with Hoberman Sphere.