Instructor: Abbie Rexroad
Community: Preschool Ages, School Setting, 30 minutes
Plan Creation Date: January 20, 2016
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Listening
- Chime – Listen to the chime – Ask the students to sit on their mats with their hands in their lap. Talk about listening with our ears and being quiet with our mouths so others can hear. Ask them to put their thumb up when they hear the chime and to put their hands back in their lap when they can no longer hear it. Repeat 3x and with eyes closed.
- Chime – Pick a student to volunteer – Have the student come to the front of the class and ring the chime. Ask the remaining children to sit with their eyes closed and their hands in their laps. Have them raise their thumb as they hear the chime and put their thumb down when they no longer hear it. Have the students compliment their peer for their participation.
- Shoulder Clock – Ask the children to pick a partner to complete this exercise. Talk to them about listening to each others’ breath and what their bodies are saying as they are slowly moving their arms together like the hands of a clock. Talk about the quiet “tick tock” of a clock while they are breathing quietly.
- Mat 20 – Lead the children through the mat 20 exercises and pause during the poses to listen and think about what those poses may sound like or what they might hear while they are standing still. Ask them to listen to their breath as they are doing each of the poses.
- Back Breathing – Have the children partner up with the child next to them. Ask for one child to lay with head down in child’s pose and the other to place their hands on their friend’s back. Give verbal cues while the child participate asking the volunteer to take deep breaths while the listening child feels those breaths with his/her hands and matches those breaths with his/her own.
- Compliment Circle – Ask the friends to stand in a circle. Review what a compliment is and give an example. Have a volunteer stand in the center of the circle and have peers take turns complimenting each other. Each child gets a chance to be in the circle, including their teacher.