Instructor: Theresa Mare
Community: Preschool: Head Start and Special Education
Plan Creation Date: April 28, 2009
Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Stillness
Lie on your back, put your hands on your tummy and breathe in and out of your nose.
Imagine that you are lying in the warm sun and your body feels tired and relaxed. Enjoy this cozy feeling and continue to breathe. Do a pulse count. Feel the slowness of your heart beat.
Bend your knees into your chest and gently rock your body side to side. Now rock your body front to back. Place feet back on the ground and keep your knees bent.
Twist: Bring your knees into your chest and let them drop over to one side of your body, stretch your arms out to your sides and look in the opposite direction of your legs. Bring your knees to center. Repeat on other side. Remember to activate and stretch out all the way through your fingertips.
Roll to side and sit up. Hoberman belly breathe – shoulder shrugs – look up/down – seated crescent moon – star.
Statue Game: Move around slowly on your mat while listen to the soft music. When the music stops stay in whatever position or pose you are in for three breaths. Try to remain perfectly still. Repeat when the music starts up again.
Now stretch your legs out in front of you and imagine that you are soft and floppy like a rag doll. First, stretch your arms overhead and make yourself as tall as you can. Now bend forward as far as you can or is comfortable and let your upper body rest on your legs. Do not force the pose. Make your upper body as floppy as it can be. Your arms are also completely floppy. Stay here and take some slow deep breaths. I am going to walk around and see if your arms are really floppy like a rag doll. Slowly sit up and gently shake out your legs.
Sit back to back with a friend for one minute – feel their breath and see if you can breathe together. Child’s pose with one minute of complete stillness. Try to keep your mind empty of any thoughts and just focus on your breath.