Time Out Tai Chi Lesson Plan 1
For Teachers/Childcare Workers
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Introducing “Posture of Infinity” - Encourages good posture
Read book and talk about the pictures. (Ask the group to work out who is Vinny and Rose? And then who is Jing?)
Read up to “even their neighbours were having a go.”
Turn back to the instructions and point at the instructions. (Ask the group to have a go)
Turn the page to where “even their neighbours were having a go”.
How do you think an emu would stand in “Posture of Infinity”? (This encourages thought and discussion on looking straight ahead and good head positioning, imagine a silk thread running through your body helping you stand nice and tall. Arms are beside your body like the wings of the emu.)
How do you think a frilly-neck lizard would stand in Posture of Infinity?
(This is a way of discussing the soft/slightly bend knees and a way of introducing another Tai Chi move “Gathering the Qi”)
How about a kangaroo? (Always expect the group to start hopping around, usually if you say “Freeze” they will stop. Lets play a game - ask them to hop around and you then say Panda they have to stop and make “Posture of Infinity”)
Now for the Turtle (Use this animal to slow down proceedings, have the group become turtles crawling slowly around and when you say panda they have to slowly stand and make “Posture of Infinity”)
Finish the session explaining when you will continue the story.
Make the “Posture of Infinity” when lining up or standing for a while, use it to encourage good posture when seated. Always keep it fun.
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