Title: Chakras, Wheels of Life (Note—Chakras are subtle energy systems of the body that correlate to the physical body’s endocrine system.)
Class: Yoga PEM 1121 AND Meditation for Stress Management HLP 1093
Introduction: I chose this lesson because I cover this topic in both my Yoga and Meditation for Stress Management classes, so I will be able to use it for multiple classes. This lesson introduces basic information on the Chakras as a time-tested system for health and healing that is still applicable in today’s world. I will be including videos featuring a cardiologist/heart surgeon and a neurologist to reinforce the concept that the Chakras are not new age mumbo jumbo, but a viable and respected source of wisdom that can be used in multiple ways to support health and well-being of body, mind and spirit.
Video: The introductory video to engage students from the start is a clip from a cartoon called The Last Airbender. Although in cartoon format and a bit hokey, this video does a great job of explaining the Chakras in language that a child could relate to.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02FkMr21xOA How to Open Your 7 Chakras—as explained in The Last Airbender
Next, I will show a short, 4-part series featuring noted cardiologist and heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz with neurologist Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary. The title is Restore Your Health with Chakras. This video, blending ancient wisdom and modern medicine, offers an easy-to-understand explanation of the Chakra system, as well as ways to balance each energy center.
Interactive Engagement: Yoga--I will lead students in various Yoga poses that help strengthen and balance each Chakra. Meditation—I will guide students in a meditation on a journey through the 7 Chakras.
Note—I would like to create a short video of the Yoga poses and an audio version of the guided meditation so students can refer to these later.
Additional Interactive Engagement: Teach Me/Ask Me, using an 8×11 paper folded into 6 squares. Students will list 2 things they knew before the lesson, 2 things they learned during the lesson plus 2 things they are not clear on or need more practice with. (I’ve used this in my classes this week and it’s yielded some surprise answers.)
Infographic: I’m posting an infographic that I’ve used for several semesters. It packs an amazing amount of material into one page.
Ultimate Guide to the Chakras infographic–
Writing Prompt: Based on the Are Your Chakras Blocked quiz, students will chose 2 Chakras to focus on. Using information from the quiz and featured learning tools, students will write a short paper of 2 pages to demonstrate their understanding of how the Chakra system relates to their individual system of well-being.
http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/quiz-are-your-chakras-blocked Quiz—Are Your Chakras Blocked?
Optional resources for more information:
http://www.auracacia.com/chakras/ very comprehensive resources on aromatherapy and the Chakras
http://www.myss.com/chakra/chakrasflash.asp flash presentation explaining qualities and location of each chakra, plus questions to ponder regarding each Chakra