Teaching Yoga to Children Through the Lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader of peace and social justice.  Monday, January 19, 2015 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The following are a few meaningful ways you can include his teachings in your yoga class.

The Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Poses to Cover

  • Warriors: Dr. King believed in standing up for what was right through nonviolence. Through yoga, we learn to be strong! We stand up for what is fair and kind
  • Pose Challenge: It takes endurance and commitment to implement change.  Dr. King was determined and didn’t give up. Let’s challenge ourselves and focus:
    Hold a plank or side plank
    Practice balance poses like dancer, eagle or tree
    Partner Poses: work together to reach your goal

Songs

Activities

  • Hand Project: Have each child trace their hand.  On each finger write ways they would like to make the world a better place.  Have yogis share their project during closing circle (don’t forget to leave a little more time)
  • Peace Begins With Me: Before teaching our meditation mantra, explain who Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was:
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that by standing up for what was right, in a peaceful way, we could change the world.  He was right!  He once said, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
    Peace DOES begin with you, everyday.

End of Class

  • After the Secret Garden, aka Yoga Nidra for children, review pieces of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and discuss what his dream meant. Like Ghandi, Dr. King believed in a nonviolent protest of injustice.
  • Closing Circle Questions: Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that all people would be treated with love, kindness and respect.  What is your dream to make the world a better place?

Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve… you only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
NAMASTE!

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