For the entire month of February our theme for classes is “I am Worthy of Love!” We spend a lot of time pushing the concept of showing love and kindness towards those around us, and this is a great thing! But it’s easy to forget and often much harder to give ourselves some loving kindness as well. It’s so important to build up a sense of worth and a practice of self-care from a young age.
For week 2, we gave ourselves a little reminder to be sweet to ourselves by practicing our fun chocolate covered strawberries yoga flow. During our yoga practice, we grew strawberries, picked cocoa beans, melted our chocolate, dipped our strawberries, and enjoyed the results of our hard work! We’ll share a few of our yoga poses here, but the full class plan including a partner/team game that requires focus and collaboration and a script for our guided relaxation is available to purchase in our shop!
We had to work so hard to build our garden beds by stacking up plank after plank. Move from plank to reverse plank a few times to build our garden beds. Start slow then go faster and faster!
Our beds are ready, let’s fill them with soil and compost! Let’s get into our down dog poses, life one leg way up in the air and shake that dirt out! Now switch legs and shake out that compost!
After planting and watering our seeds, we have to wait for our strawberries to grow. Let’s pick some beans from the cacao tree and get our chocolate ready to go! After we feel stable in our tree poses, let’s carefully reach our hands up and pick some beans.
Our 8 page, Be Sweet to Yourself – Chocolate Covered Strawberries Lesson Plan includes everything you’d need to teach a 60 minute class using this theme, minus the props & art supplies. All of our plans include a break the ice topic, warm-up, yoga/mindfulness game, yoga flow story & pose illustrations, breathing exercise, guided relaxation, and a related art/craft project.
Mindful Art – Chocolate Covered Strawberry
This simple art project will help your students think good thoughts. Let them know they can hang this up in their rooms or maybe by the bathroom mirror to give themselves a daily reminder of how awesome they are! You can print the heart template provided or let the kids start by drawing their own heart. Optional: Cut out the chocolate dipped part of the strawberry template and use this as a stencil to trace and cut some chocolate out of craft foam. Give one piece to each child to glue on top of the bottom of their strawberries after coloring.
Steps for the art project:
- Draw the leaves and stem on top of the heart
- Draw lines starting from the edge of the heart out to the edge of the page
- Write things you like about yourself in each of the sections made with the lines around the heart
- Use sharpies to outline the sections and trace over your words- ask the children to notice how it feels to draw with the sharpies.
- Color using colored pencils – ask the children to notice how it feels to color with the pencils. Is it different from the sharpies?
- Optional: glue craft foam chocolate piece on top of the bottom of the strawberry.
Your kids can hang this up in their rooms or maybe by the bathroom mirror to give themselves a daily reminder of how awesome they are!