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Instructor: Elliot Witherspoon

Community: Ages 8-9, Counseling Group, Setting?, 30 minutes

Plan Creation Date: April 30, 2015

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Listening

Ground Rules
1. Treat yourself like royalty.
2. Respect each others’ space.
3. Use positive self-talk: I am strong. I am in control. I can do it. I can be responsible.
4. If you are struggling, instead of saying “I can’t”, say I’m not ready for that” or “I haven’t learned that yet”.

Lesson Plan:


  • Belly Breathing – with Hoberman Sphere: Invite one participant to be the leader and have them choose a counter. Work together to lead the group in belly breathing. Compliments for the leader and the leader compliments the counter.
  • Pulse Count
  • One Minute Exploration – Talk about warriors. What is the purpose of a warrior? For today, to calmly protect.


  • Roots – Students will find their center and anchor into their strength. With both feet on the ground, slowly rotate the body around and around. Big circles to smaller circles, then center, becoming still in their strength. With body activated, and eyes closed, circle right and left. Notice how the feet help one to balance.
  • Tree – Standing with feet and legs together, notice feet on the floor. Then shift weight back and forth. Slowly shift weight onto one side and lift one foot up. Reminder that we can just sometimes just lift our foot barely above the floor and other times we can lift if above our knee! Listen to your body and what it’s telling you.
  • Warrior I – “I can be strong and calm. My body knows calm.”
  • Calm Voice – Calm voice worksheet and share out with the group, if comfortable.


  • Twist – on the mat.
  • Compliments – Group compliment circle.

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