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Body, Mind, and Spirit of Aloha (middle)

Last changed: 06/03/2019 12:30pm
6 , 7 , 8
Dance Social Studies Science English
Both Grade Level and Arts/PE Program Alignment
1 60 min
1 60 min
30-90 minutes, which may be determined by individual teachers; Residency programs offered to cultivate regular practice, expand program and reinforce lessons
Combo In-School Performance & In-School Workshop (BOTH)
- In-School Performance (intended for the entire grade level to experience together) OR
- In-School Performance (intended for individual classes of a grade level to experience separately)
All year
$5 0
$200 0
no Email , Phone , In-Person
Audio equipment, music, map, visual aids, dance implements (if applicable),
yoga props (if applicable)
Copies of handouts, pencils, projector (if available), map of Pacific Ocean (if available)
*Open space to allow for movement
*Ideal space: gymnasium, dance studio, cafeteria space with tables removed
*In Classroom: desks/chairs moved to perimeter of room... or program can be conducted as a chair yoga or "hula noho" (seated hula) class with desks/chairs in place
I CAN demonstrate hula and yoga postures using breath control, concentration, focus, balance, and strength.

I CAN mindfully pay attention to my breath, and imagine my breath filling my lungs, so that I breath slower and deeper- whenever I feel tired or sluggish, when I feel angry or upset - or when I feel nervous, tense or stressed.

I CAN understand that my breath affects my emotions and the way that I think.

I CAN explain that my emotions and the way that I think affects my actions and behavior.

I CAN apply different breathing exercises when I am having problems focusing or concentrating, when I am taking a test, when I am nervous in class or in school, or, when I am having difficulty in expressing myself, or trying to do a physical activity.

I CAN slow down, and think before I act

I CAN be responsible for my actions because I understand that they affect other people and my environment responsible for my actions

I CAN empower myself by choosing positive thinking actions and behavior for better health, to be a better friend, student, and family member.

I CAN handle challenges with a positive attitude.

I CAN communicate my thoughts and feelings in a positive way.
When hula meets yoga, it stimulates curiosity about our world, cultural diversity and the need to live in harmony with all living beings, the elements of nature, and how students can take an active part in making the world a better place. Learning self-awareness, control and regulation empowers students to achieve success in school and into their adult lives.

This program links storytelling with Hawaiian dance, yoga postures, and mindful movement, imparting ancient wisdom from Hawaiian and Hindu philosophies for peaceful living, with the spirit of loving kindness, compassion, inclusivity, respect, and gratitude.

Students are introduced to basic breathing techniques, and yoga postures that help develop coordination, concentration, and balance.

Students learn concepts of the Aloha Spirit, which is loving kindness, caring, compassion, respect, and gratitude. This central theme is woven throughout the program with mindful movements to embody and experience the elements of nature to recognize the value of Earth’s natural resources. They learn different breathing strategies to manage emotions such as stress, anxiety, fear, and anger. Students learn that being mindful of their breath and posture will improve their energy level, focus, concentration and even boost their mood, confidence and self-esteem. They also learn the importance of spinal care and safe alignment principles to apply during sports, dance and other recreational activities.
Assistance with unloading and re-loading of equipment; re-arranging desks, chairs, furniture (if necessary), help hand out supplies, participate in program, assist with any behavioral issues (if necessary); No limit to caregivers

Grade 6

Grade 6: Health: Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health. 1.8.5: Describe ways to reduce or prevent injuries and other adolescent health problems.
Grade 6: Physical Education: Standard 4: The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others. S4.M2.6: Identifies and uses appropriate strategies to self-reinforce positive fitness behaviors, such as positive self-talk.
Grade 6: Dance: Performing: Anchor Standard 5: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation. A. Embody technical dance skills (for example, alignment, coordination, balance, core support, kinesthetic awareness, clarity of movement) to accurately execute changes of direction, levels, facings, pathways, elevations and landings, extensions of limbs, and movement transitions.

Grade 7

Grade 7: Physical Education: Standard 3: The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness. S3.M18.7: Practices strategies for dealing with stress, such as deep breathing, guided visualization and aerobic exercise.
Grade 7: Health: Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health. 1.8.5: Describe ways to reduce or prevent injuries and other adolescent health problems.
Grade 7: Dance: Performing: Anchor Standard 5: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation. A. Apply body-use strategies to accommodate physical maturational development to technical dance skills (for example, functional alignment, coordination, balance, core support, kinesthetic awareness, clarity of movement, weight shifts, flexibility/range of motion).

Grade 8

Grade 8: Health: Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health. 1.8.5: Describe ways to reduce or prevent injuries and other adolescent health problems.
Grade 8: Physical Education: Standard 3: The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness. S3.M18.8: Demonstrates basic movements used in other stress-reducing activities such as yoga and tai chi.
Grade 8: Dance: Performing: Anchor Standard 5: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation. A. Embody technical dance skills (for example, functional alignment, coordination, balance, core support, clarity of movement, weight shifts, flexibility/range of motion) to replicate, recall, and execute spatial designs and musical or rhythmical dance phrases.