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					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
                             coordination
                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

                              Yoga Moves
                              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

				
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