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: Listening

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:


  • Belly breathing – set everything aside, all the business and agendas, and begin to listen to what your body might need?  Examples – more sleep, more water, more nutrious food, more exercise, a need to forgive someone or ourselves?


  • Chair 15 Exercises – as we perform these series of exercises, begin to notice what our body might need. Focus on how it feels, feel the strengthening and stretching. See if you can visualize the muscles we are learning about in science.
  • Mountain
  • Upward mountain
  • Forward fold – lunge R leg back
  • Warrior 1 – lunge
  • Chair dog
  • Lunge – L leg back
  • Warrior 1 – Left leg back
  • Forward fold
  • Chair
  • Upward mountain
  • Mountain twist
  • One minute sit quietly – and explore where you mind wants to go? Daydreaming welcome.


  • Relaxation – Where in your body can you find a calming voice? Is it balance with a strong voice, Is it high or low, or fast or slow? When can your calm voice assist you? How can we begin to exercise our listening muscles not only of what our body might need, but what our friends, loved ones, are really trying to say?  aCan we allow someone to speak uninterrupted without trying to interject or searching for a response before they have completed what they were going to say?

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