Instructor: Caroline McGrath

Community: Grades 2-8, School Setting?, 30-45 minutes

Plan Creation Date: January 15, 2015

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Listening

Lesson Plan:


  • Belly Breathing – Have students listen to their breath as their hands go up and down on their belly.
  • Pulse Count – Have the students feel their pulse, imagining what it would sound like if they could hear it pulsing outside of their body.
  • Use the drum and have students listen to the beats of the drum, noticing the different tones.


  • Mat 20 – Ask the students to listen to their breath during certain poses. Ask students to listen to their inner voice, noticing how it helps them move through the yoga flow. For the second flow, have a student lead Mat 20.
  • Archetype Game – Play music during activity and use the drum to transition students from one archetype to another. (trickster, warrior, monster, angel, hero, clown, king/queen, etc). Ask students to share what archetypes were easy for them and what were more difficult. Have students share parts of themselves that may represent an archetype during certain situations, or when playing sports, etc.
  • Trickster Worksheet – After the Archetype game, have students come onto their mats, lay down and put their hands on their bellies to do 5 belly breaths to relax. As the music continues to play (you can change up the music for this exercise) read the Trickster worksheet out loud as they lay on their mats, turning their awareness inside. Have the students fill out the worksheet and share responses.


  • Twist – Ask students to listen to their breath as they relax their bodies.
  • Personalized Relaxation – Each student names something in nature that makes a soft, calming sound or motion. Use the images and integrate them into a relaxation narrative story.

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