Lesson 4 – The Circles of Energy
Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of the three circles of energy by writing a self-assessment/reflection after participating in body exercises that practice the three circles of energy.
Review with students the three circles of energy. Ask students to explain, then fill in the gaps
Tell students that they will continue to practice being in each circle of energy with different exercises.
Second Circle Body (from Rodenburg pg. 45-49)
Instruction (questions are rhetorical): As you stand in Second, breathe. How can you breathe in Second? How is the breath connecting with your core? Determine how there is an equal exchange of energy going in and out of your body as you focus on your breath. We will talk more about breathing in Second on another day. Today, we will practice standing and moving in each circle of energy.
Walking through the Circles (adapted from Kris Peterson, BYU professor)
Now that we have determined what a Second body feels like, adjust your spine so it curves one inch inwards. This is only a slight adjustment, but the rest of the body might be in a different position because of this change. Think about absorbing energy from the space around you. Now start walking.
Stop, and notice what it feels like to be in First Circle.
Now, move your spine through its Second Circle position and past it so that it is one inch too far. Again, this is only a slight adjustment, but notice how it affect other parts of your body. Think about pushing your energy past the space around you. Now start walking.
Stop, and notice what it feels like to be in Third Circle.
Move your spine back into a Second Circle body. Walk around the room in Second Circle and Breathe.
Tell the students that next we are going to practice being in Second with an object
Quickly Switching Circles
If there is time at the end, play different games and encourage students to be in Second Circle as they play.