Yoga Calm for Children/Story-time Yoga

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Ages 4-7, Fit Kids Class, Stillness Lesson Plan (Stringer)

Instructor: Amy Stringer

Community: Ages 4-7, Fit Kids Class, 40 minutes

Plan Creation Date: March 14, 2016

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Stillness

Lesson Plan:

Intro

  • Briefly introduce today’s focus: Stillness.

Calm

  • Belly Breathing – with Hoberman Sphere: Cue students to pull string from top of head to sit tall. Give brief reminder of process of breathing with sphere. Ask experienced student to hold sphere. Ask another student to count 5 or 7 breaths as we breathe.
  • Pulse Count – Show students where to place two fingers next to mouth and slide down. Count pulse for 15 seconds. Share & discuss results.
  • Leg Stretch

Activate

  • Cat/Cow
  • Boat – Cue: lift chest. Hold in boat while rowing and sing “Row, row, row your boat”.
  • Rock & Roll
  • Mountain – Cue: all four corners of the feet. Stillness: cue students to listen to sounds around.
  • Plank
  • Cobra
  • Down Dog – Cue: engage lower abdomen muscles without making them hard.
  • Sun Salutation Sequence – do once per side: Have students count while holding poses, choosing between 7-10. Have student lead second round. Ask for compliment for student leader.
  • Warrior 1
  • Warrior 2
  • Plank
  • Cobra
  • Down Dog
  • Crescent Moon – Cue students to tune into stillness: “Be still like the moon and shine your beams to the earth”.
  • Tree Pose – Move to bar for stability for young ones. Have students lift hand off bar and count in head how long they can hold. Once students have found stability, cue into stillness “Feel your roots digging strong into the ground, feel your trunk still and strong; feel your branches reaching out and up to the sky. Notice how still a tree is”. Repeat pose on other side.
  • Tree Circle – cue stillness: “Feel your body strong and still like a tree”.
  • Bridge – Have student count to hold 5-7. Repeat 2 times.
  • Superman

Calm

  • Twist
  • Relaxation – Ready, Set, Relax: Read relaxation story related to stillness.

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Grade 1, School Setting, Community Lesson Plan (Stringer)

Instructor: Amy Stringer

Community: Grade 1, School Setting, 30 minutes

Plan Creation Date: April 21, 2016

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Community

Lesson Plan:

Intro

  • Procedures: remind students when they come in to find a mat and sit criss-cross.
  • Discuss that yoga is a quiet activity to help each other concentrate and quiet our minds.
  • Let them know I’ll be looking for volunteers to help lead.
  • Briefly introduce today’s focus: Community.

Calm

  • Belly Breathing – with Hoberman Sphere: Students sit criss cross, have them “pull string” from top of head to sit tall. Model process of breathing with sphere. Ask student to hold sphere. Ask another student to count 5 or 7 breaths as we breathe.
  • Compliments – Community: Have students give compliments for volunteers.
  • Pulse Count – Show students where to place two fingers next to mouth and slide down. Count pulse for 15 seconds. Share & discuss results.

Activate

  • Boat – Cue: lift the upper chest. Hold in boat while rowing and sing “Row, row, row your boat”.
  • Rock & Roll – Cue students before beginning on safety. Do 3-4 times, then come to a stand.
  • Mountain – Cue: all four corners of the feet. Imagery: Stand tall, feel how this pose helps you feel confident, and strong. Imagine being part of a chain of mountains, each one connected to the other to form a wall together. Community: cue students to think of a time when you helped someone.
  • Plank – Cue: make your body flat like a board- model bottom not up or down, but center.
  • Cobra – Breathe in on the way up; hiss like a snake on the exhale.
  • Down Dog
  • Sun Salutation Sequence – do twice per side. Hold each pose for 2 full breaths
    Model first time, then choose student leaders for subsequent salutations. Community: After each sequence, have students compliment leaders.
  • Warrior 1
  • Forward Fold
  • Chair
  • Forward Fold
  • Warrior 1
  • Plank
  • Cobra
  • Down Dog
  • Tree Pose – Community: cue students to think of how you feel when someone helps you.
  • Name Toss – Community: have students say own name, then toss ball to another person. Time permitting, have them say friend’s name when tossing ball to them.

Calm

  • Twist
  • Belly Breathing
  • Relaxation – Community: Ready, Set, Relax: Read relaxation story.

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Grade 1, School Setting, Listening Lesson Plan (Stringer)

Instructor: Amy Stringer

Community: Grade 1, School Setting, 30 minutes

Plan Creation Date: April 28, 2016

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Listening

Lesson Plan:

Intro

  • Procedures – remind students when they come in to find a mat and sit criss-cross.
  • Review last week’s community focus.
  • Briefly introduce today’s focus: Listening.

Calm

  • Belly Breathing – with Hoberman Sphere: Model process of breathing with sphere. Cue to pull string from top of head to sit up tall. Ask student to hold sphere. Ask another student to count 5 or 7 breaths as we breathe.
  • Compliments – Community: Have students give compliments for volunteers.
  • Pulse Count – Show students where to place two fingers next to mouth and slide down. Count pulse for 15 seconds. Share & discuss results.

Activate

  • Boat – Cue to lift chest. Hold in boat while rowing and sing “Row, row, row your boat”.
  • Rock & Roll
  • Mountain – Cue all four corners of the feet. Imagery: Imagine you are a strong, tall mountain, standing tall like Broken Top Mountain. You are unshakable. You are covered with strong rocks and a dusting of snow. Small animals scurry about. A gentle breeze blows. Listening: Cue students: what kinds of sounds might you hear?
  • Plank
  • Cobra
  • Down Dog
  • Sun Salutation Sequence – do twice per side. Model first time, then choose student leaders for subsequent salutations. Community: After each sequence, have students compliment leaders
  • Warrior 1
  • Forward Fold
  • Chair
  • Forward Fold
  • Warrior 1
  • Plank
  • Cobra
  • Down Dog
  • Crescent Pose – Listening: cue to listen to sounds. Curriculum tie-in: talk about moon phase (students studying the sky).
  • Yes/No Game – Listening: students listen and observe to give feedback/receive feedback.

Calm

  • Twist
  • Belly Breathing
  • Relaxation – Community: Ready, Set, Relax: Read relaxation story: Sky theme to relate to curriculum.

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Grade 1, School Setting, Strength Lesson Plan (Stringer)

Instructor: Amy Stringer

Community: Grade 1, School Setting, 30 minutes

Plan Creation Date: May 5, 2016

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Strength

Lesson Plan:

Calm

  • Belly Breathing – with Hoberman Sphere: Model process of breathing with sphere. Cue to pull string from top of head to sit up tall. Ask student to hold sphere. Ask another student to count 5 or 7 breaths as we breathe.
  • Compliments – Community: Have students give compliments for volunteers.

Activate

  • Rock & Roll – Rock and roll 3 times, then come to standing.
  • Mountain – Cue all four corners of the feet. Imagery: Imagine you are a strong, tall mountain, standing tall like Broken Top Mountain. You are unshakable. You are covered with strong rocks and a dusting of snow. Small animals scurry about. A gentle breeze blows. Strength: Cue students: what makes you feel strong like a mountain?
  • Roots
  • Plank
  • Cobra
  • Down Dog
  • Sun Salutation Sequence – do once per side, hold each pose for 2 breaths
    Model first time, then choose student leaders for subsequent salutations.
    Community: After each sequence, have students compliment leaders.
  • Warrior 1 – Cue: front knee bent, back leg straight. Strength: cue to feel how this pose makes you feel strong and in control like a warrior.
  • Forward Fold
  • Chair
  • Forward Fold
  • Warrior 1
  • Plank
  • Cobra
  • Down Dog
  • Partner Strength Test in Mountain – First with feet together, then apart.
  • Strength Challenge – Student leader models pose, chooses count to hold for.
  • Compliments – ask students to compliment leader.
  • Archetype Game – Students start in squat position, then grow into pose for archetype and hold for 4. Then, students move for count of 8 in the way archetype would move.

Calm

  • Belly Breathing – with Hoberman sphere.
  • Twist
  • Relaxation – Community: Ready, Set, Relax: Read relaxation story: Strength theme.

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Grade 1, School Setting, Grounding Lesson Plan (Stringer)

Instructor: Amy Stringer

Community: Grade 1, School Setting, 30 minutes

Plan Creation Date: May 12, 2016

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Grounding

Lesson Plan:

Calm

  • Belly Breathing – with Hoberman Sphere: Ask student to hold sphere, Ask another student to count 5 or 7 breaths as we breathe.
  • Compliments – Community: Have students give compliments for volunteers

Activate

  • Child’s Pose – Grounding: Cue the feeling of parts of body touching the floor, the feeling of forehead touching the mat, and how this feeling helps us to feel grounded and calm. Discuss that this will be our focus today.
  • Rock & Roll – Rock and roll 3 times, then come to standing.
  • Mountain – Cue all four corners of the feet.
  • Roots
  • Plank
  • Cobra
  • Down Dog – Cue all four corners of the hand – Grounding: Cue how this pose help you to feel calm and relaxed, grounding your body. Take 3 deep breaths focusing on being present.
  • Sun Salutation Sequence – do once per side, hold each pose for 2 breaths. Model first time, then choose student leaders for subsequent salutations. Community: After each sequence, have students compliment leaders.
  • Warrior 1
  • Forward Fold – Cue: Bend knees while folding forward, but keep your bottom high in the air.
  • Chair
  • Forward Fold
  • Warrior 1
  • Plank
  • Cobra
  • Down Dog
  • Tree Pose – Imagery: Imagine you are a tall, strong tree in the forest. The roots of your tree are deep in the ground, and your strong trunk provides stability for your tree. The wind is gently blowing through your branches, and you might sway side to side, but your strong roots hold you in place.
  • Tree Challenge – Grounding: have one partner try to distract the other partner while holding tree. Discuss strategies for staying grounded (eg: eyes focused, thinking about standing tall).
  • Back Drawing – Grounding: Come back to image of being a grounded tree in the forest. Talk about spring weather, and spring storms. Discuss that we will be making a spring storm on our partner’s back. Have students sit in a circle
    Make rain, thunder, lightning, clouds, and sun on the back of person in front of you
    Draw a secret message to the person, then whisper what it was to partner.

Calm

  • Belly Breathing – with Hoberman sphere.
  • Twist
  • Relaxation – Grounding: Ready, Set, Relax: Read a relaxation related to grounding.

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