Instructor: Brian Oringdulph

Community: Ages 12-18, Secure Child/Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Setting, 30-45 minutes

Plan Creation Date: January 20, 2016

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Grounding

Props/Musical Resources Required: Drum, Chime, Mindful Moment Cards, Stuffed Animal, Music, CD.

Lesson Plan:


  • Mindful Moment Card on Grounding – Ask someone to read a mindful moment card on Grounding. Encourage the group to reflect on the message/question. Pick others to share their thoughts.
  • Belly Breathing – Use the Hoberman ball and pick someone to help lead the group. Remember to pick a counter and provide compliments.
  • Leg Stretching – Draw something in the sky that makes you feel safe.

Activate (Pick up lights, but save for later)

  • Rock and Roll – Explain the benefit of rocking—feels like a message.
    Boat Pose- Toss a stuffed animal around the room. Complete the Rock, boat pose 3x, developing more rules as you go (only throw with your left hand, etc.).
  • Leap Mat/Mat Tag – With the population in the hospital, playing tag is not very safe. Explain that they are now safe on their mats, but the floor has turned to lava. Bring the drum out and begin to slowly beat the drum. Ask the group to mimic their movement to the drum. Set the expectation that only one person per mat. Where should they keep their stuffed animal to keep them safe? When you stop drumming, have the group pause in a pose that resembles safety. Continue this for three rounds.
    Discuss how our bodies can make us feel safe.
  • Mat 20 – Lead the group in the Mat 20. Ask if someone else would like to lead. You can use the drum to help guide the group through the exercise.


  • Twist
  • Relaxation – Guided Meditation on Grounding and feeling safe.

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