Lesson Plan 7 Yoga and Relaxation
Objectives To teach the basics of Yoga to help them develop a better body awareness, self control, flexibility, and
Vocabulary Yoga – a practice that has long been known to be a great antidote to stress. It combines many popular stress-
(10 min) reducing techniques, including exercise and learning to control the breath, clear the mind, and relax the body.
Have students help define Stress - is the feeling you get when you're worrying about a big test or when your parents are arguing.
these terms. It can be done Sometimes, you'll feel butterflies in your stomach, sweaty hands, or have trouble sleeping. Exercising or talking
at the beginning or about your feelings can help.
throughout each lesson Flexibility - refers to the ability of your joints to move through a full range of motion.
MA Frameworks Health
Grades 6, 7, 8 Strand: Physical Health
Topic: Physical Activity and Fitness
2.12: Fitness – Participate in activities that promote physical fitness, decrease sedentary lifestyle, and relieve
mental and emotional tension
Activity One Yoga Instructions: Explain to students: Just like adults, even children can be under a lot of stress. The
(25 min) numerous school activities, peer-pressure, and homework can cause kids to feel some stress. Teaching Yoga to
children can help them develop better body awareness, self-control, flexibility, and coordination. Such skills can
even be carried beyond class and into their daily routines.
Supplies Needed One of the goals of yoga is to achieve balance between the mind, body and soul and children can benefit from
Additional info included achieving this balance as well as adults. With testing stress, busy parents and competitive sports, children are
Yoga video or Yoga poses subject to many pressures. Many schools have begun to use yoga and their students have experienced the
info included benefits
Instructions: Practice basic Yoga poses with the students
Learning Moment/Teachback Q’s (5 min): “Could you do Yoga poses on your own? Do you think that
yoga can help you with test taking at school? Why?” “Do you feel that Yoga can benefit you in your
personal life? How? and in with school? how?”
Reflection Journal Question (10 min): “Write down the times in which you feel as though you might do yoga
as a stress reliever?”
Activity Two Begin writing script:
(25 min) Have a short reflection period to think back over the last six weeks. Remind them the ultimate goal is to
have a video with solid information where others could learn about the importance of health and wellness.
Discuss anything that is already filmed such as the trail mix activity or any physical fitness stuff. Then get
them starting on a script and brain storming! Break them up into groups based on their positions. Have
some groups work on coming up with a script and the other groups come up with a list of materials they will
need for the next week to make props.
Sources: Best Way - Yoga Routines for Kids | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/way_5268962_yoga-routines-kids.html#ixzz0z8ot4NiI