We have started a stretch routine at the end of class. Now class starts right away with activity. This elevates their heart rates right away and starts getting their “silly’s out.” This week has been about Lunar New year and all things Chinese. We have the large beautiful flags from six countries on display around the gym. The students are learning the names of the countries they represent. We have Ribbons to move to music with and even play Chinese Wall reviewing The Great Wall of China. We have also attempted a few versions of Dragon Dances that have been made from fabric, noodles or balloons. With any luck we might even try Chinese Jump Rope by the end of the week. Remember that game?
Back to the relaxation. At the end of the class we stretch and work on quieting our minds and bodies. To be reflective and to notice how the body feels when calm. Yesterday we talked about the movie Frozen and how Olof wants to go some place warm. In much the same way we have to use good self talk to insure we make choices that are “thoughtful.”