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Instructor: Donna Markell

Community: Grades 7-11, School Setting, 40-50 minutes

Plan Creation Date: December 31, 2014

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Community

Lesson Plan:


  • Chime – Community Inquiry- Think of a time spent with loved ones and friends when you felt supported. Where were you? Who was there? What was it that they did to help you feel wanted, loved, supported? What words come to mind? Share out loud the vocabulary that exemplifies support and community and write on chart paper or board.
  • Belly Breathing – with student leader for a specific number of breaths ask for compliments for the leader and then have the leader compliment the counter.


  • Mountain Pose – How do you feel strong individually? Who or what in your life helps you to feel strong ?(pets, family, teachers, parents, friends etc.)
  • Volcano Breath – Breathe in the strength and support you feel from the people in your life breathe this out to those who help you to feel it.
  • Roots
  • Tree Pose
  • Tree Circle
  • Tree Challenge II – Compare the feelings experienced from tree pose individually, to tree pose circle to tree challenge II. What happens when you have support on both sides? What happens when you have the mutual trust in tree challenge II?
  • Personal Space Activity – Start with two volunteers to demonstrate what occurs when we non-verbally communicate our personal space requirements. Then form two lines facing each other and have first, one line approach and receive communication. Note the differences in the line. Then repeat for the other line. Do a feedback session to discuss what might affect a person’s need for personal space.
  • Dancer – Imagine a loved one or a trusted friend holding
    your standing foot to the ground offering support.
  • Partner Dancer – Reaching across to your partner and both emerging into your supported dancer as partners.
  • Block Creek – (If time allows) Begin with one student looking straight ahead and receiving verbal help from a partner. Then do blindfolded with student holding the hand of the walker and helping to guide them with the help of their hand (can do with a person on each side as well). Talk about how it felt to be guided. Were you supported? Was this a way to feel confident? How does it play out in the world?


  • Back Drawing – standing. Share the gifts they gave and received.
  • Chime – Read; “To like many people spontaneously and without effort is perhaps the greatest of all sources of personal happiness.” Bertrand Russell

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