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 in an effort 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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Now, we are still working our way through our "Ocean" theme; seaweed segment and so our guided meditation this week focuses on gooey seaweed that has been washed ashore. The seaweed 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 really got into it. The counting also complemented this activity and in some cases, students counted along with us; which was no problem at all for us as it helped them maintain a calm body during the entire activity.

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One suggestion we have to make this activity a more relaxing one is to play some calm music in the background and guide your students through the activity with a calm 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 nice 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. We can certainly say that this will help your students become a little more enthusiastic about Shavasana and by extension understand a little more about 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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