Instructor:  Phoenix Ries

Community: Elementary Ages, Clinic or School Setting, 1 hour

Plan Creation Date: January 6, 2014

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Community

Props/Music Resources Required: Hoberman Sphere, mats, drum, lavender essence, white board& markers

Lesson Plan:


  • Belly Breathing – with the Hoberman Sphere: 5-10 breaths (kids decide and then one child counts) – Sitting on your mat, feel your sits bones root down into the earth as your spine lengthens upwards. Hands on your belly as you breathe, long, slow breaths in and out through your nose. Feel your chest and back and ribs expand with each breath.


  • Activate/Relax Walk – to drum beat. Drum beat is relaxed walk/activate and freeze when it stops. Allow several students to have a chance to be the drummer.
  • Mat 20
  • Brainstorm – list of favorite animals. Then connect to yoga poses and practice. For animals that do not have a known yoga pose encourage kids to invent a pose (even if there is a pose they can get creative) and then teach to others.
  • Discussion – Lead a short discussion about which animals live together, apart, how they help each other, challenges, etc.
  • Tree and Tree Circle – Practice tree and then add circle for support. Ask our animals to come alive and be a distraction to our trees; singularly and then as a circle.
  • Debrief – with a focus on how the community helps us and how some of our circles can distract!


  • Child’s Pose – Ask children to think about their favorite animal and how that animal rests. Be that animal now and get into the position that shows me that your animal feels safe, relaxed and content.
  • Visualization – using the animal and a message that the animal has for the child.

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