Instructor: Michelle Olson
Community: Preschool Ages, Setting?, 30 minutes
Plan Creation Date: March 12, 2014
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Grounding
- Belly Breathing – with Hoberman Sphere, 10 breaths. Shut eyes and listen to stillness. Let each student share how they use Hoberman to breathe.
- Pinwheel Breath – With pinwheel in your hand, purse lips together just like you are whistling or maybe blowing bubbles and watch the pinwheel spin – walk slowly around the room to the beat of relaxing music while spinning the pinwheels.
- Leg Extensions – Draw circles with foot in one direction, then the other. Point and flex foot. Switch legs. Draw the first letter of your first name. Switch legs.
- Mountain Pose – Feel your feet root to the ground.
- Upward Mountain Pose – Reach arms up, palms face each other and fingers extend upwards. Lift belly head and heart. As you reach to the sky, imagine sending energy from the center of the Earth to the Sun.
- Star Pose – Pretend you are a king or king and are wearing a fancy crown. Head is proud! Point toes straight ahead with arms to the side and parallel to the floor. Activate your muscles to expand outward through your arms and legs, fingers spread out like rays of the sun.
- Triangle Pose – Activate and straighten arms and legs. Turn left foot in slightly to the right and your right foot all the way to the right. Lift arms parallel to the floor. Windmill your body over, taking right hand to the shin or ankle. Talk about making 2 triangle shapes with your body. Use a student to demonstrate.
- Alternate Arm/Leg Kicks – On all fours, lift and lengthen opposite arm and leg in unison, switch sides.
- Child’s Pose – Breath into your back and let it lift like a parachute.
- Imagination Exploration – Imagine petting a puppy. How does it feel? Is it soft or hard? Is it warm or cold?