Instructor: Anna Hayek

Community: Grade 1 Class, School Setting, 30 minutes

Plan Creation Date: April 6, 2016

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Strength

Lesson Plan:


  • Chime – Ring chime
  • Belly Breathing – with the Breathing Ball,­ Student Led
  • Review Ground Rules
  • Pulse Count – find your pulse, then listen to the rhythm of your heart. Notice if your pulse is fast or slow. Notice how you are feeling. Notice the strength of your body. Talk about physical strength, emotional strength and mental strength.
  • Roots – ­ finding your balance and noticing where your center is. Where is do you feel the strongest?


  • Chair 15 – Active sequence:
    • Mountain – ­ stand behind your chair with your hands at your sides. Feel your feet rooted to the ground ­ find all four corners of your feet. Bring your shoulders back and down away from your ears. Think about what keeps you strong.
    • Upward Mountain ­ – Reach your arms to the sky while continuing to feel your feet safe on the ground. Activate your muscles.
    • Forward Bend – ­ bring your forearms to the top of your chair. Rest your forehead on your arms.
    • Lunge – ­ standing tall with your hands on your chair, keep your left leg grounded and step your right leg back in a lunge.
    • Upward Lunge ­ – feel your feet grounded on the floor as you reach your arms up along your ears. Show me your strength.
    • Chair Dog­ – Reach your hands for the chair, keep your arms outstretched and bring your feet next to each other. Lengthen your arms and push your hips back.
    • Lunge and Upward Lunge ­ – same as above with right leg forward, left leg back.
    • Forward Bend ­- bring your forearms to the top of your chair. Rest your forehead on your arms.
    • Chair ­ – With feet firmly grounded, inhale and reach your arms toward the sky, keeping your balance as you sit your hips back in an imaginary chair. Feel your strength!
    • Upward Mountain ­ – Reach your hands to the sky and straighten your legs.
    • Mountain ­ – bring your hands to your heart.
  • Woodchopper ­ – talk about finding a strong, yet still classroom appropriate voice. Activate your muscles and expand your hands up.


  • Volcano Breath
  • Strong Voice­ – adapted for first grade and without writing, but with drawing. Talk about how we all have different strengths and we need to find ways to use our strength to help ourselves and others. Finish your drawing of yourself feeling strong
  • Relaxation – 1 minute exploration with head on table. Stack your fists or just let your head rest on the table. Deepen your breath. Feel grounded in your chair. I want you to think about how strong you are. Think about all of the good things you have done to help others with your strength. Breathe deeply for one minute and relax.
  • Belly Breathing – with the breathing ball, ­ Student led.

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