Description: Yoga Calm goes beyond physical poses to integrate mindfulness, movement and social-emotional learning. Lesson are principle-based and involve a three step process of Calm-Activate-Calm, incorporating yoga poses and flows, research-based activities and games, mindfulness practices and guided relaxations. Teaching through the five principles of Stillness, Listening, Grounding, Strength and Community, Yoga Calm helps to provide a safe and supportive setting and empower lifelong wellness habits.
- Stillness: The Stillness activities are designed to help guide students toward greater self-control and sensitivity. Once children learn to practice Stillness, they begin to develop inner peace that can help them through difficult times, as well as the ability to focus and prepare to learn.
- Listening: To develop a strong sense of self, students need to listen to the messages that come from their hearts, minds, and bodies. Differentiating between true warning systems in the body and fears or memories from the past is an important skill that will help them make positive choices in their lives.
- Grounding: The ability to ground herself both physically and emotionally. By teaching children to do this, we help them connect to the earth and feel safe and secure, gaining a sense of control over their environment. Grounding activities help children come into their bodies and prepare them for learning.
- Strength: Physical Strength (practicing yoga poses builds muscles, flexibility and endurance), Mental Strength (providing positive self-talk and visualizing positive outcomes), and Emotional Strength (developing courage to express emotions and the discipline to process feelings that arise). All three are complementary and may be nurtured simultaneously.
- Community: Through games and activities that demonstrate the ways in which communities both support and challenge us, the development of community supports skills such as compassion and caring for one another begins with helping students learn to express their emotions. Given opportunities to become aware of both their feelings and the hardships of others, children gain insight into their own and others’ behavior.
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Cost per child/student: Donation-based, $5 suggested minimum
For more information, call 651-645-5551, email moonsongyoga(at)gmail.com or visit tulayogawellness.com