I. Chanting or Music Therapy
Start the class by having the student sit cross-legged (independently or with assistance) on the floor.
Begin the yoga session with Chanting or Music therapy. This activity brings the child's focus into the yoga session. The instructor leads the student into chanting 3 "Oms" (or substitute "Om" with "Peace", or "Love"). This is usually followed by singing the phrase "Hari Om" (or use any short song or nursery rhyme that the child is familiar with). This activity starts with slow singing, then progresses to faster singing of the phrase/song. Hand movements, such as clapping rhythmically to the song, can be incorporated into the activity. The chanting and the hand movements that go with it encourages concentration and attention; stimulates the diaphragm, lungs and vocal chords; and develops motor coordination.