Instructor: Bonnie Cannon

Community: Grades 3-5

Plan Creation Date: February 4, 2009

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Stillness

Lesson Plan:


  • Belly Breothing on back, lying completely still, the only thing moving is the rise and fall of your breath in your belly.


  • As you continue to breathe, listen to the stillness of the room. You may hear sounds you’ve never noticed before.


  • Leg Extensions/Foot Circles spelling “I am still” with each foot.
  • Rock and Roll up into boat three times, noticing the difference between the motion and the stillness.
  • Pretend you are a fishing boat, staying motionless in the glassy water so as not to scare the fish.


  • Volcano Breath sharing about those in our lives who help us to feel still, who we can relax with.


  • Sun Salutotion (middle of Mat 20) focusing on holding body very still in all positions, holding for four beats with the drum.


  • Pinwheel Breathing, concentrate on stillness of body, moving only breath, like the wind through a windmill. See how long you can keep the pinwheel spinning. Try spinning wheel while walking, playing patty-cake. How do you keep your stillness while moving around?


Traveling on a sailboat, long sustained exhalations power the boat through glassy water. Watch ripples that form as the boat moves through return to stillness when the boat has passed. Stop boat, watch eagle soar and dive for prey. Notice otters playing near center of lake, slowly sail over near them and wait for them to surface. When you are still, you can notice things that often hide from others. When you are still, you can learn much about the world around you.

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