In this lesson, students will learn self-regulation techniques and be guided through yoga stretches and movements. Then, they will write about how yoga makes them feel and how it may help reduce stress.
Students will be able to utilize yoga stretches to de-stress and calm their minds and bodies.
Invite students to join into a circle, either seated in chairs or on the floor.
Explain to the class that today, they will be exploring different ways to feel more calm or energized through yoga.
Ask the class what tools they know of that help them feel calm (e.g. mindfulness of breath, peace corner, slowing down, noticing sounds, etc.). Write their responses on the board.
Ask the class what helps them feel more energized (e.g. playing with a pet or friends, running, time outside, etc.). Again, write their responses on the board.
Explain that today, they will practice some yoga, or mindful movement poses. Tell them that yoga is a practice of breathing mindfully in different poses to de-stress, focus, and relax. There are different yoga poses that support calm, and there are some that help us feel more energized.