Population/Setting/Length: Ages 8-12, Community Mental Health Setting, 45 minutes

Plan Creation Date: 11/5/16

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Gtrength


  • Belly Breathing – With Hoberman Sphere.
  • Pulse Count for 30 seconds. Then run in place for one minute. Feel the pulse and count for 30 seconds. What are some other things that happen or we do to slow down or speed up our pulse?
  • Mountain – Tune into your own strength as you do next exercise.  Feel differences in your body as you think of different ways you are strong.
  • One Minute Relaxation   While standing in Mountain with hands at heart.  What does it mean to be strong and think of a time when you felt strong.  Share with your neighbor and then share in larger group.  Give example of when strength can be a positive channel for anger (i.e. Martin Luther King- from Strong Voice exercise).  Can you be strong while being kind, without overpowering someone? Share some examples.


  • Volcano Breath – Breathing in through the nose and out through the nose.  First do breathing making audible breathing noises three times.  Then try to maintain the power and strengh in your breath and be as quiet as possible three times. Can you be quiet and strong?
  • Strength Flow – Arm swing, into Chair, back to Upward Mountain, right leg back into Warrior I, then Warrior II, then Star, then Warrior II facing other way, Warrior I other way, Upward Mountain, Chair, down to all fours, Alt arm/leg kicks, back to rock and roll, then boat (hold and release three times), and rock and roll up to standing, upward Mountain, back to mountain with hands in front of heart, then tree one time each side.  (Repeat if there is time or it goes more quickly than expected, leave tree out until second time in that case).
  • Tree Challenge II – Explain to the group. Then have the students pair up and practice.  Talk about how it went afterward. Notice your breath as you do this exercise. Does your breathing affect your strength?
  • Mountain – Find your way back to your mat and place your feet firmly on the earth, hip width apart, feel your breath coming in and going out, feel that you are strong, mark this feeling and these sensations in your memory so you can come back to this when you most need.
  • Warrior I or II (student’s choice) – 10 beats on each side. “I can be strong, even if I feel afraid or confused sometimes. I can choose to be strong; sometimes difficult things make me stronger.” (From Lynnea’s lesson plan sample)


  • Twist – on mat.
  • Relaxation – Guided Relaxation on Strength, or Mindful Moment Card.  Ask children for words that remind them of strength and incorporate into story.

Instructor:  Batinah Dawdy

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