Population/Setting/Length: Grade 3, School Setting, 45 minutes

Plan Creation Date: 7/6/15

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Listening


  • Chime – Listen to the chime – Ring a chime and ask students to put their thumbs up when they hear the silence at the very end of the sound.
  • Belly Breathing – listen to your breath and the breath of others around you. Breathe together with others in your class and feel the power of doing something together as a community. Allow a few students to lead 5-10 breaths each.


  • Yoga Calm Top 10 – Allow a few students the chance to lead, encourage them not to talk but to have the class follow their lead. Help students quietly with alignment in poses.
  • Changing and Mirroring Trees – Have students pair up and take turns mirroring one another’s poses as they change positions. Instruct them to listen to the body language of their partner.
  • Yes/No Game – Now we will practice listening with our ears. Have one student go out of the room. Have another student pick an object in the room that can be touched. Explain to the class that when the student returns to the room, you are going to help that person find the object using negative reinforcement. Practice with the class before bringing the child back into the room. Bring the student back into the room and play the game until they find the object. Ask another child to leave the room. Explain to the class that this time we will use positive reinforcement. Practice by placing yourself in the middle of the room. When you go the right way have students say “yes,” and when you go the wrong way they say nothing. Play the game a second time. Discuss with the students the benefits of these two kinds of reinforcement and when they work and when they don’t. Give examples of using positive reinforcement in schools, businesses, at home, and elsewhere.


  • Compliment Circle – Give each student an opportunity to be in the center to receive one complement from each person. Ask the student in the center to make eye contact and listen to the person as they give a complement. Make sure to include leaders.
  • Twist – Have students sit back in their chairs and use a twist to transition into the final relaxation.
  • Relaxation – Read the following Mindful Moment Card on Listening, “Remember a time when someone said something very kind about you. Can you hear those words right now? Who was that person? Can you remember three good things people have said about you?

Instructor:  Carrie Pipkin

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