Today's lesson plan explores the story of Lazarus' ressurection. I used a few books that are noted with links below. The entire plan for the flow is found below. You can also watch the class on Vimeo
Alternate nostril breathing – Imagine you are sick and your nose is stuffed. This is how Lazarus Jesus’s friend felt when he was sick. So let’s breathe like Lazarus: Cover the right nostril and breathe in through the left . Now cover the left nostril and breathe out. Let’s do that five times. Now our other nose is stuffy, so let’s cover the left and breathe in through the right. Good job! Do you feel calmer? This kinds of breathing is great for when we are feeling anxious, so if you are you should practice breathing like Lazarus!
Now let’s prepare for the yoga flow by saluting the son of god. Who is the son of God? Let’s reach up to the sky and say hello to Jesus. Now bow down to your Savior.
Adapted from I am (See the book below). Story I used is called: The resurrection and the life on p. 174
Jesus started walking among people [mountain climber] and He started making miracles[Jump into a burpie and reach up to the sky] Repeat a few more times emphasizing the miracles Jesus made. The miracles made most people happy [Jump again for miracle then transition into an upward facing dog for happy ] But some other people were mad because Jesus called himself the son of God. [Transition into a downward facing dog for sad]
They wanted to arrest him, [take child’s pose and cross hands for arrested] but Jesus slipped away and went to Bethany [Go into mountain climber]. While Jesus was there a messenger came [Runner’s lunge] The message was from his friends Mary and Martha:[Runner’s lunge the other side] “Our brother, Lazarus, the friend you love, is very sick”.
Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters.[ Side lunge with hand on the heart] They were his friends [Other side lunge with hand on heart]. Jesus knew Mary and Martha wanted him to come heal Lazarus right away, but he didn’t go.[Transition into a wide legged forward fold] He stayed where he was for two more days. [ Come up and take one forward fold, one day, then a second forward fold saying the second day has passed] Then he said to his disciples: “It’s time for us to go back.” [Come up from the forward fold]
“But Jesus, [Transition to a seated position] the leaders in Jerusalem want to arrest you” [Take bound marychiasana a] the disciples said. If you go they will arrest you [Take bound marychiasana A on the other side]
“Our friend Lazarus is dead.” [Lie down and take savasana] Jesus said. “Let’s go to Bethany”. [transition into a top of a push up] When Mary and Martha heard that Jesus was coming, Martha hurried to meet Him on the road.[Take a mountain climber] “Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died. “ She said. [Lie into savasana]
“Your brother will rise again.” Jesus told her. [Jump into standing from lying down]
When Mary saw Jesus she said: “Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died!” [Transition into savasana] Mary was crying, and so were the friends who were with her. Jesus cried too because they were so sad. [Come into child’s pose]
“Where is Lazarus?” He asked. [Come into hero pose]
“take away the stone Jesus said.” [Take a side lunge like you are moving the stone away]
They moved the stone it was very heavy [Take a side lunge to the other side ]
"Didn’t I tell you”, Jesus said kindly, that If you believe, you will see God’s glory? [TRANSITION INTO VICTORIOUS POSE AND TAKE HANDS UP TO READCH OUT TO GOD’S GLORY]
So the stone was rolled away. Then Jesus prayed. [Come into prayer hands still in victorious pose] Father let the people here believe that You sent Me. And He called in a loud Voice: Lazarus Come out. [Reach to grab the foot and bring foot off the floor into pose]
No one moved. No one even whispered. What was going to happen?
Suddenly everyone saw Lazarus standing near the front of the tomb! [do the other side] The man who had been dead was alive
Unwrap him, Jesus said, and let him go
Take away of the week with poses:
Jesus told Martha: I am THE Resurrection and the Life. [From Savasana roll over and open your heart to jesus : I am the ressuraction] , I am the life [bow pose]
When we believe in Jesus, we have new life that lasts forever.
Thoughts to make your heart sing: Dying, waking p.105
Imagine you are in a beautiful garden - the garden of Eden. It is green, the air is warm, the sun is warming your skin. You can smell the flowers all around you [use lavender oil]. God meant us to live forever in this beautiful garden. But Eve is tempted by a beautiful apple. It is read and juicy. And satan wants her to take a bite... Sin has broken everything and now we cannot leave in the garden.
Jesus came to destroy death. He died on the cross and was buried – but death couldn’t keep him dead. On the third day he burst out of the tomb.
And now death can’t keep us dead either.
Jesus has turned the tomb into a bed. We die to wake up in his arms.
We will still die. But after we die, we will wake – as if from a refreshing night’s sleep—and Jesus will lead us by the hand into Life that won’t ever end.