Lab Eleven: Parachute Fitness and Yoga for Personal Health/Wellness
1. Find information on the history of the parachute and how a parachute works. Da Vinci sketched the first parachutes in 1495. Fauste Veranzio made a device similar to Da Vinci and used it when he jumped from the tower of Venice in 1617. Andrew Garnerin jumped for the first time using a parachute without a rigid frame in 1797. The first jump from a airplane using a parachute happened in 1912. The military didn’t support it in belief that a human would black out within a few seconds of the jump. A parachute works as it creates a drag to slow the person down. A drag is a push on something from the air or water. The parachute is light in weight and covers a large area. This means that the parachute catches more air, creating more of a drag.
2. Create a parachute routine composed of various parachute activities learned in class. After the students and I go over safety, the first activity I would start with would be the headless horseman. I thought this was hilarious in class and we were all really having fun. I think it would be good to start with something exciting and entertaining such as this activity in order to get the students interest. Next we would perform ripples, waves, and storms by shaking the parachute from the wrists and then progressing to the elbows. I would then have us cook a healthy soup by putting different items onto the parachute while talking about nutrition.
3. Practice the yoga routine for a week and keep journal of how you feel. Last semester in Self Defense we performed yoga routines. I have been keeping up on my yoga since then and have learned multiple different ways to practice this. Yoga has helped me to relax and concentrate on just the moment rather then what will be happening next. It truly is a great way to center yourself.
4. Use pictures to diagram each pose in the Salute to the Sun yoga routine.