Instructor: Allyson Copachino

Community: Grades 3-6, Setting?, 30-40 minutes

Plan Creation Date: February 1, 2015

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Listening

Lesson Plan:


  • Back Breathing – One student rests in Child’s Pose while another kneels alongside the “Child Poser” and places their hands on their back. The student in Child’s pose breathes slowly while the other student receives the feeling of their breath. Move midway up the back and notice. Have students switch.
  • Mindful Listening – Ring bell, ask students to raise their hands when they no longer hear the sound. Do it again, inviting students to close their eyes. Give students the opportunity to ring the bell while students listen and respond when they no longer hear the ringing.


  • Cat-Cow – synchronized to breath
  • Roll to standing. Move through Arm Swings and Shoulder Clock
  • Roots in Mountain pose
  • Sharing – Ask students why they think it is important to listen to themselves and their bodies in yoga poses?
  • Yoga Flow – Lead students through Chair, Forward Bend, Plank, Dolphin, Bow and Superman, encouraging them to listen to how their bodies respond to each pose.
  • Pair Sharing – Ask students to share in pairs what they noticed in their bodies while doing the poses.
  • Discussion – Come back together as a group and ask students if it is important to listen to each other off the yoga mat (in class, on playground at home, etc.)? Why or Why not? How does it make you feel when someone is/isn’t listening to you? What does it look like to listen?


  • Compliment Circle – Students form a large circle and one student comes into the middle. Students stand around the circle and take turns giving the student in the center a compliment. All students have the opportunity to come into the middle of the circle to receive a compliment.

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