Instructor: Brian Oringdulph

Community: Ages 5-12, Secure Child/Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Setting, 30-45 minutes

Plan Creation Date: January 20, 2016

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Listening

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

Lesson Plan:


  • Belly Breathing – Begin by inviting the group to find a mat and sit quietly. Start by demonstrating the belly breathing with the Hoberman ball. Invite someone to lead and ask them to pick a counter. Remind the group to think of a compliment for the leader. Once finished, ask the group to provide compliments. Ask the group to think about how it makes them feel to listen to others provide compliments to themselves.
  • Leg Stretch – Ask the group to begin stretching their legs and point their toes to the sky. Ask them to draw someone in their lives that is a good listener. Also ask the group to listen to their body. If a certain pose does not feel good, listen to their body and change the pose. After you have completed the stretching, have the group share who is a good listener in their lives and how does this person make them feel.


  • Warrior 1 to Warrior 2 Sequence with Chime – Explain to the group that they need to listen carefully to the chime. When they can no longer hear the sound, move from warrior 1 to warrior 2. Complete at least 3 sequences.
  • Mat 20 – Encourage the group to listen to their bodies. Ask the group to be extra quiet during the series of poses. Ask the group how it feels to practice yoga in a quiet environment. Ask someone if they would like to lead the group for a second sequence.
  • Mat Hop – Have the group stand on their mat. Explain that you are going to play the drum. You may play fast, slow soft or loud. Ask the group to listen and make their body reflect the drum. Ask you play the drum, have them hop from mat to mat in a circle. Only one person on a mat at a time and if the drumming stops, have the group stop pose as a statue.


  • Personal Space Game – Encourage the group to listen to their body’s when it comes to personal space. Often times in the hospital, peoples personal space is challenged, both staff and patients.
  • Leg Stretching
  • Twist
  • Relaxation – Guided meditation

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