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Instructor: Theresa Tuma

Community: Ages 4-5, School/Classroom Setting, 30 minutes

Plan Creation Date: March 1, 2015

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Strength

Class Intention (how to set therapeutic tone): Place gorilla figurine in the middle of the rug, children in a circle, low lights, rainforest music on, bean bag in front of each child

Lesson Plan:


  • Breath Work – (volcano, sphere, bean bag on belly) – Belly Breathing with bean bag on stomach. Imagine you are a strong gorilla. Breathing in and breathing out. You are still on your back as you think about all of the other animals in the rainforest. You are strong like a gorilla.
  • Opening Remarks (set expectations-book, flower, picture from nature, story telling with eyes closed) (How will students feel during this? What topic are we talking about?) – Today we are going to talk about being strong. Being strong doesn’t mean you can beat other kids at things. It doesn’t mean you should hit. Being strong means you can use your voice to tell others how you feel. You are strong enough to not listen when people tell you something they don’t like about you. You are a strong person like the gorilla in the rainforest. You are in charge of yourself like a gorilla is in charge of the forest.


  • Yoga-Based Activities (5-8 poses)
    • Back Breathing/Child’s Pose partner breathing
    • Boat – strong gorilla arms
    • Cat/Cow
    • Cobra
    • Mountain
    • Star
    • Tree – like a jungle tree
  • Social Emotional Activities (how do we feel, what did we notice?) – Changing Channels – p. 106 – Changing Ideas: Summer, winter, beach, snowstorm, living room, Disney World, underwater, in outer space
  • Discussion – (reflect) Did we like the game? Was it difficult? Fun? When would we want to try and change the channel? If you’re scared, where could you pretend you are? (Share story that I am scared of airplanes so I pretend I am on a nice sunny beach somewhere).


  • Relaxation – (prepare students for the rest of their day-what is the schedule? How can we remember what we have learned?) – Pretend we are all on the same channel of having a calm and peaceful quiet rest. (proceed to nap time)

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