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: Strength

Lesson Plan:

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


  • Heart rate check
  • Belly breathing – with eyes closed, 4-5 times, then open eyes hoberman ball as visual, breath in, through the nose, (what keeps you strong?), breath out through the nose, (what gets in your way?)
  • Opening thoughts – What does it mean to be strong? Can we be strong in more ways than just physically, (big muscles) how? Emotional strength, spiritual strength, inner strength always within us , ready to be utilized. Where do you feel strength in your body?


  • Mountain – contract muscles, (activate and release) let go of tension
  • Woodchopper
  • Arm circles
  • Mountain
  • Tree right
  • Warrior 1 right
  • Eagle
  • Flying eagle
  • Mountain
  • Tree left
  • Warrior 1 left
  • Eagle
  • Flying eagle
  • Mountain – close eyes, activate core muscles, then surrender


  • Relaxation – Invite students to close eyes, seated and relaxed, has there been a time when you felt that strong voice within you?  Is it balanced with your calm voice?  What can we do to find our “strong voice”?  When we are fearful, or anxious, or angry?
  • Revisit heart rate – notice any changes in results?

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