Instructor: Brian Oringdulph

Community: Ages 5-10, Secure Child/Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Setting, 30-45 minutes

Plan Creation Date: January 20, 2016

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Community

Academic/Therapeutic/Other Goals: Remember those in your life that have had a positive influence on your upbringing.

Props/Musical Resources Required: 2 stuffed Animals, Drum, music and cd player, Lamps

Lesson Plan:


  • Hoberman Ball/ Belly Breathing – Invite someone to help lead, and remind them to ask someone to be their counter. Encourage compliments when done. Play calming music. Have lights set up around room. Set expectation that the lamps should not be touched.
  • Leg Stretch – With your toes, draw a picture of someone important to you, Draw a time when you felt supported by your family.

Activate (Pick up lights, but save for later)

  • Rock & Roll to Boat Pose – Pass a stuffed animal around the room while balanced in Boat pose. Encourage safe and appropriate throws. When they catch the stuffed animal, have them share which important person they drew.
  • Mat 20 – (edited) – Mountain, upper mountain, bent knee lunge, downward dog, plank, cobra, downward dog, bent knee lunge, chair, upper mountain, mountain.
  • Roots Activity – (use steady drum beat to provide a calming atmosphere) – Move group into a circle. Imagine those who are important to you holding your self down to the ground, grounding you.
  • Trust walk and Sensory Adventure – Stress the importance of trust in your community. Trust those around you who make you feel safe, and trust your self to be a good community member and friend.


  • Relaxation – Read Boat Ride Journey Relaxation – Place lamps out and explain how light should help guide them through their journey.

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