Instructor: Wendy Handrich

Plan Creation Date: July 22, 2010

Community: Classroom, Ages 9-12

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Community


  • Belly Breathing using Hoberman sphere for ten breaths with one student using the Hoberman and another student counting off the selected number of breaths.
  • Compliments
  • Pulse Count and/or Stillness for 15 seconds
  • Read Aloud: The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  • Volcano Breath using student-led drum beat to pace breathing (students close their eyes as imagine someone they would like to send their heart-thoughts to)
  • Compliments


  • Partner Pull – Work together like the snail and the whale so you can both feel a gentle stretch in your hips, lower back and shoulders.
  • Compliments between partners
  • Arm Swings – Students take turns reading lines from the Yoga Calm Poster: “I am strong”; “I am in control”; “I can do it”; “I can be responsible” as they practice the up/down movements of the arms. Talk about the whale and the snail and how they had to use this positive self-talk.
  • Shoulder Clock – Students are paired by height. They are reminded how they have to work together to benefit from the pose just as the snail and the whale had to work together.
  • Tree Circle – Students support one another in the circle, first in stillness and then as a waves move the circle of arms up and down.
  • Trust Walk – Take turns walking each other around the room.
  • Compliment Game – Students hold a rope as they form a group circle. With one student in the center of the circle, his/her peers give the student compliments. Eye contact, as well as giving and receiving compliments are practiced.


  • Back Drawing – The students will follow the directions as they are read from page 62 of the Yoga Calm manual.
  • Students give compliments to the one who drew on their back
  • Relaxation – The students lie on their backs while listening to The Snail and the Whale, this time visualizing the story.

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