Instructor: Brad Hayes

Community: Grades 3-5 Special-Ed Students, School Setting, 30 minutes

Plan Creation Date: April 1, 2016

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Grounding

Props: Music

Lesson Plan:


  • Belly Breathing – feeling the weight of your body in your chair. Make your legs heavy, feel the gravity holding you to the earth. Picture a solid rock that goes deep into the earth and imagine how heavy that rock is.
  • Pulse Count – find your pulse, and then listen to the rhythm of your heart. Picture a big drum with a large stick and each time you hear your heart beat, imagine playing that big deep note on the drum. Play that drum for 20 beats of your heart.


  • Volcano Breath – standing – Imagine your breath rising up deep from the earth, like a volcano.
  • Mountain Pose – Feel your feet rooted to the ground, heavy and grounded.
  • Warrior I Pose – with a focus on holding the pose for a 10 count to help your body feel strong and grounded (both sides).
  • Roots Activity – Stand in a circle – Feel yourself anchored to the ground. With your eyes shut, think of all people in your world who help you feel safe. Imagine them holding your feet to the ground.
  • Community Trees Activity – to the count of 10 on each foot. Feel how your partner’s support helps you to root your foot into the earth.


  • Back Breathing
  • Read the following Mindful Moment Card on Grounding – “Think of your favorite tree. Now imagine that you can plant that tree in a special place. Go to that place, dig a big hole and plant the tree. Imagine that you can see into the future and watch the tree grow tall.”

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