Based in San Francisco, iteachkids.org is an early childhood education blog by Tiva Lee Samaru. HER posts explore; through videos and other resources - original early childhood education curricula and ideas for enrichment classes, as well as, tips and tricks for classroom management and general childcare.

It's quiet time

It's quiet time

Nothing says quiet time quite like Shavasana. Relaxing. Laying still. Breathing.

It helps restore and bring some balance back into your body. It is a necessary part of yoga and while some adults struggle to find their inner peace during Shavasana, children struggle with the idea of being still. Ah yes, the joys of teaching the little ones are abundant. 

It's always funny to listen to the many excuses our students come up with during Shavasana.

It's also so funny to watch them squirm and wiggle, then pretend to close their eyes as we make eye contact with them.  So to help our students perfect Shavasana we've been playing around with guided meditations. We present them with a simple, theme-based activity|scenario then talk them through it, using counting to assist with the structure of the meditation.

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Our guided meditation this week focuses on gooey seaweed that washed ashore. The plant then became crunchy from sitting in the sun too long, but quickly became gooey again, obviously because it got splashed on!

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How did it go?

This activity went very well. Our students were eager to pretend to be crunchy seaweed. They made all sorts of crazy crunchy facial expressions and got into it. The counting complemented this activity and encouraged student participation.

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Add another layer of relaxation by playing calm music in the background. Guide students through the exercise with a gentle and soothing tone of voice. If you plan on having your students count with you, then ask them to count as softly as they can.


Take a look!

So if you are looking for a lovely ocean themed guided meditation to go along with the Shavasana segment of your yoga class, then feel free to watch our video. You will be able to listen to our guided meditation script and gain some insight into how to guide your students through the exercise. Undoubtedly, this will help students become a little more enthusiastic about Shavasana and understand its purpose in a yoga class.

Keep Calm and Meditate,

Tiva & Randa

Do re me fa so la ti do

Do re me fa so la ti do

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