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Yoga Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about yoga using this lesson plan as your guide. With it, students will watch an informational video lesson outlining stress management techniques like yoga and tai chi, then zoom in on yoga fundamentals and poses. Follow up with an application activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • discuss methods of reducing stress
  • define 'yoga'
  • explain how yoga works

Length

  • 1 hour

Materials

  • Access to technology, such as the internet
  • Chart paper or poster board
  • Pencils
  • Markers

Key Vocabulary

  • Yoga
  • Asana
  • Hatha yoga
  • Ashtanga yoga
  • Yin and yang
  • Qi

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3

Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.2

Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.

Instructions

  • Engage students with the topic by asking them to write a brief list of things that cause stress and what they do to help reduce stress. Allow students to share their work with a partner, then discuss as a class.
  • Tell students that there are many ways to handle stress, such as tai chi, yoga, and walking. Have students share experiences with these, then start the lesson video Movement-Based Relaxation Techniques: Yoga, Tai Chi & Walking Outdoors.
  • Pause at 00:43 and ask:
    • What is the difference between natural remedies and medicinal ones?
    • Is one better than the other?
    • Why would people choose natural remedies instead of medicinal?
  • Resume the lesson and pause again at 2:23. Discuss:
    • What does the word 'yoga' mean?
    • What is a spiritual discipline?
    • What areas does yoga focus?
    • What is the ultimate goal of yoga?
    • What does research tell us about the benefits of yoga?
  • Restart the lesson and pause at 4:30. Arrange students into small groups and have them discuss the following questions:
    • Why is tai chi called 'meditation in motion?'
    • Explain tai chi's relation to yin, yang, and qi.
    • What are the benefits of walking?
    • How much walking should we do a day?
  • Play the 'Lesson Summary,' then take the lesson quiz with students to determine understanding.

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