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: Listening

Props: Music, Chime

Lesson Plan:


  • Ring the Chime – Ring a chime and ask students to put their thumbs up when they hear the silence at the very end of the sound.
  • Arm Swings – Practice arm swings together. See if the class can lift and lower their arms together. Then ask if they can listen to each other’s breathing as they lift and lower their arms. Invite them to think of birds flying together. How do they listen to one another? Can you be like a flock of birds, listening and flying together?


  • Chair 15 – Stop in several of the poses and listen. For instance, when in Mountain stop and be silent and ask what mountains hear?. Then in warrior, ask what do warriors listen to? When they do a Forward Bend on the chair, ask them to listen to the voice inside. Practice this two times.
  • Camping in the Forest at Night – Tell students that you will be camping in the Forest at night. Ask some students to think of sounds that the forest might make at night. Then have a few children come into the center to be the forest sounds. They will move around making sounds while the campers close their eyes and listen to the Forest.


  • Compliment Circle – Give each student an opportunity to be in the center to receive one compliment from each person. Ask the student in the center to make eye contact and listen to the person as they give a compliment.
  • Personalized Relaxation – Ask each student to name something that makes a soft sound: maybe the wind or the purring of a cat. Write all their words down. Lead them on a listening journey, listening to the different things the students suggest.

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