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Name of Activity: Sun Salutation Yoga Warm-Up

Purpose of Activity: A Sun Salutation is to warm up the body for a yoga or other activity experience. It is an alternative to running laps or other traditional warm-ups.

Prerequisites: Students MUST have been taught the basic posture for yoga and it is imperative that you have gone over these poses in previous classes.

Suggested Grade Level: 6-8

Materials Needed: Yoga mats. Handout of poses

Description of Idea

Students find their own personal space (with a mat if you wish) to perform the Salutation. Cue cards with the pictures corresponding to the poses as a visual cue should be displayed (www.yogajournal.com has excellent pictures for cue cards).

It is a good idea to warm the muscles before doing this so maybe a quick instant activity to get the muscles warm or some jogging in place.

Sun Salutation

1. Child’s Pose
- Kneel on the floor bent over with forehead on the floor.
- Arms extend behind the body on the floor with palms up.

2. Downward-Facing Dog
- On hands and feet create a point with hips.
- Push heels to the floor – straight back

3. Cobra Pose
- From lying prone, lift upper torso with arms.
- Lift through the chest

4. Cow Pose
- On hands and knees, pull belly towards the floor.
-Hands pointed forward, toes pointed behind.

5. Cat Pose
- On hands and knees, round spine out evenly pushing belly up.
- Hands pointed forward, toes pointed behind.

6. Extended Puppy Pose
- Stack hips over knees
- Extend torso and arms forward resting forehead on floor.

7. Sphinx Pose
- In a prone position, stack elbows under shoulders.
- Lift upper torso onto forearms.

8. Cat Pose
- On hands and knees, round spine out evenly pushing belly up.
- Hands pointed forward, toes pointed behind.

9. Cow Pose
- On hands and knees, pull belly towards the floor.
- Hands pointed forward, toes pointed behind

10. Cobra Pose
- From lying prone, lift upper torso with arms.
- Lift through the chest

11. Downward-Facing Dog
- On hands and feet create a point with hips.
- Push heels to the floor – straight back

12. Child’s Pose
- Kneel on the floor bent over with forehead on the floor.
- Arms extend behind the body on the floor with palms up.

Assessment Ideas:

Visual assessment could be used to see the students progress in the poses. Yoga will enhance their stretching and flexibility.

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Submitted by Mary Teclaw in Tomah, WI. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 11/24/2008. Viewed 54728 times since 10/25/2008.

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Cameron
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Thanks for the hand out! Very helpful to help teach a station during one of my classes



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