Instructor: Lorilee Virnig

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

Plan Creation Date: January 29, 2016

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Listening

Lesson Plan:


  • Pulse Count – Find pulse. Count number of beats (per start/stop instructions). What can you learn about yourself by listening to your body? What might cause your pulse to speed up or slow down?
  • Belly Breathing – Practice belly breathing with Hoberman Sphere. Listen for breathing pattern, notice inhale, slight pause, exhale, slight pause. Volunteer leads activity and picks helper to count and choose number of breaths to practice. Students give 2-3 complements to leader, leader complements helper.


  • Mat 20 – Remember ground rules. Listen to positive self-talk, “I am strong.” “I can do it.” Or, “I am not ready for that”, “I have not learned that yet” instead of, “I can’t.” Breathe, activate your superpower, reach and expand.
  • Changing Channels – Each child takes a turn changing channel for class. Children use imagination to visualize the special place in nature, outdoor activity, time with pet or a special food enjoyed by a classmate. Was it easier or harder sometimes to change channels or was it always the same? When might it be helpful to “change channels”?


  • Calm Voice – as a group activity – Children volunteer to share what they hear inside when they listen to their calm voice.
  • Progressive Relaxation – Practice listening to body by experiencing contrast between tense and relaxed states.

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