Instructor:  Carolyn Ripp

Community: 7th Grade Health and PE Classes, School Setting, 60 minutes

Plan Creation Date: July 1, 2013

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Grounding

Setting: 7th Grade integrated Health and PE Classes : 44 students ( teach this lesson 3x a day) for 5 lesson unit, as a pilot program for a small grant I wrote through Cloquet Ed Foundation. The program was well received with 84% of students favorable response. Next year we will include 6th,7th, and 8th grade classes into the curriculum.

Props: yoga mat, music, Hoberman ball

Lesson Plan:


  • Opening remarks – What does it mean to be grounded, centered, stable, balanced, and whole?  What helps us to feel grounded?  Examples – love, family, children, music, friends,
  • Volcano breath
  • Lion’s breath


  • Mountain
  • Woodchopper – release frustration, anger, or fear
  • Fwd fold
  • Mountain
  • Star – expanding out through the finger tips, feet grounding into the earth
  • Warrior 2 – not reaching into past or future too much but right here, now.
  • Triangle – on right
  • Star
  • Warrior 2 – on Left
  • Triangle – on left
  • Mountain – allow body to absorb the work


  • Relaxation – Consider planting a flower, plant, or tree, along with it, plant your dream.  Or desire, then nurture it , enjoying seeing it grow the fruits of your labor.  Consider these positive responses to yourself, or one of your own: I am lovable, I am loved, I am resilient, I am flexible, I am clear, focused, I am centered, I am whole, I am glad to be me!


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