Instructor: Ashley Justen

Community: Grades 3-5, School Setting, 30-45 minutes

Plan Creation Date: April 1, 2016

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Grounding

Lesson Plan:


  • Belly Breathing – while lying on back. Say “notice how your whole body is being supported and lifted up by the ground right now.” Do this for 10 breaths.
  • Tensing and relaxing muscles while still lying on the floor- able to feel the resistance.


  • Yoga Flow (Do 2 times):
    • Child’s Pose (feeling the safety of being on the ground and connected to the earth)
    • Cat/Cow
    • Downward Dog (push through the corners of your hands and try to plant your heels)
    • Forward Bend
    • Upward mountain (feel as you’re rising up from the ground as a strong mountain, your feet should be firmly planted in the ground, think about the mountain, does it ever move? Or is it just meant to be where it is?)
    • Forward Bend (feeling the stretch in the backs of your legs)
    • Downward Dog (really activate and spread those fingers)
    • Cat/Cow (notice how your body is getting closer and closer to the ground once again)
    • Child’s Pose (remain here for 6 deep breaths, once again returning to the ground, pulling our strength from the earth)


  • 1 Minute Exploration – Teacher lead but student directed- have the students think about their favorite place to be in the entire world. Have students think about their experience with all 5 senses, incorporating senses can be very grounding. What do you see? What can you smell? Is there something yummy to taste? What are the different sounds you experience? What can you feel when you are at this place? Do you feel it with your hands or with your feet as you walk along?

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