Population/Setting/Length: Adolescent Ages, Boys Group, Treatment Center Setting, 45 minutes

Plan Creation Date: 2/4/16

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Community


  • Arm Swing Breathing – As you breathe in, raise your arms up until they are straight above your head.  Pause.  Then breathe out slowly and lower your hands until they are at your sides.  Follow the count (Counts of 5).  Try to match your neighbors.  Focus on being aware of the people around you, not looking around at them, but simply expanding your awareness.  (Continue for about 7-10 breaths).
  • Pulse Count – Find your pulse.  Feel the steadiness of your heart beat.  Count your pulse for 30 seconds.  What numbers did you get?  How similar are they to others in the group?  What other similarities do you recognize in counting your pulses?


  • Mountain Pose – Stand in Mountain Pose, feet hip’s width apart, hands at your heart.  Do not look around, but try to notice others around you.  Increase your awareness of where your neighbors are, what they are doing, how you are connected to those next to you.
  • Tree Pose – Shift into Tree Pose.  Expand your awareness to those around you.  Notice how, just like a forest, you are one part of a bigger whole.  Think about how this relates to recovery, how you are one piece of a larger community of people in recovery.  Now we will try to distract you.  These are like triggers for chemical use.  Try to stay focused despite these distractors.  Think about how this parallels recovery.
  • Tree Circle – Now, open your hands and reach out to your neighbors to create a Tree Circle.  Feel how this connection to the group helps support and stabilize you.  Notice how, again, this is similar to recovery.  Think of the 12 Steps and how the steps talk about working together.  Again, we will add distractors while you try to stay focused.  Think about what was easier to stay focused – when you were supporting yourself in Tree Pose or when you are helping support each other in Tree Circle.


  • Mindful Moment Card – “Imagine yourself in a peaceful setting.  Now think of the people in your life who support you.  Picture all of those people creating a protective circle around you.  Who are they?  How do they support your life?”
  • Community Circle – Complete and discuss the Community Circle worksheet.  Focus the community on those who are supportive of recovery, sobriety, and good choices.

Instructor:  Stacy Overby

Lesson Goal:  To understand how and why community is important in recovery

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