Instructor: MaryClair Birkemeir

Community: PE Setting, Grades 1-5

Plan Creation Date: January 12, 2009

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Strength 

Lesson Plan:


  • Belly Breathing – With Hoberman sphere. However many breaths student who leads would like to do.  1 student leads breath while the other counts.  Complements afterwards.


  • Arm Swings – Add positive self-talk and imagine the muscles in the shoulders relaxing and energizing with the each swing.
  • Cat/Cow – Imagine a cat you’ve seen hunch itself up and then really get into that cow! Dog chasing it’s tail- make big side bends by looking over shoulder toward one hip and then the other.
  • Bow – rock forward and back like a cradle
  • Bridge – Drawbridge imagery: Exhale as you lift the bridge up.  As you hold the pose and continue to breath, let imaginary boats go under the bridge.  Exhale as you lower the bridge.
  • Sun Salutation – Led by student.  Talk them through each pose from the back of the room.


  • Pulse count – 30 second pulse count and then share numbers
  • Relaxation story – watch a big strong bridge turn from letting cars pass over it, to a tall boat go under and work in 5 things students choose to see.

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