Instructor:  Devin Malone

Community: Grades K-5, Classroom Setting?, 97% free and reduced lunch, 50 minutes

Plan Creation Date: January 19, 2014

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Listening

Academic/Therapeutic/Other Goals: Acknowledge others personal space and discuss respecting it

Props/Music Resources required: Music & ipod dock, Mat 20 poster, Classroom Set of Mats, Hoberman sphere, drum

Lesson Plan:


  • Intro – Guiding Questions: How does listening to your body help you? How does listening to other people and your surroundings connect you to the world?
  • Breathing – with Hoberman sphere (led by a student) compliments
  • Listen – to the room for 30 seconds. When we were quiet what did you hear? (kids in the hall, fans, trucks outside etc.)  When we listen to the world, especially our bodies, we can make better choices. You can also practice listening to yourself when your body tells you something is good or bad. When you stretch too far and your body tells you it hurts don’t keep pushing. When you do exercise and your body tells you it makes you feel good you should do it more. When you listen to other people they feel good and you feel good too.


  • Mat 20 – Led by a student with a drum if one in the class has done mat 20 successfully before.
  • Personal Space Activity – Activity Part I: Ask two volunteers to come to the front of the room. Have them stand about 10-12 feet apart, facing each other. Ask student 1 to begin walking slowly toward student 2. As student 1 nears student 2 raises a hand to show the boundary of his or her personal space. Switch who walks towards whom and see if the space changes.  Were their two spaces the same size?  Activity part II: Everyone get a partner and stand in two lines (line 1 and 2) 15 feet apart. Do the same exercise and trade off which side approaches.  When one side has approached. Look around the room. Are all our personal space bubbles the same size? (should be all different sizes)
  • Brainstorm – possible reasons for changes in personal space preferences. Ie how well the other person is known, personal hygiene, gender, emotional state, height, family and culture.


  • Relaxation – Tiger Survival – Sometimes you need to listen to yourself instead of other things in the room to and keep calm. The animal sounds you hear you need to tune out and just focus on your own breathing. We practice this game to learn how to tune out other sounds like when you are taking a test and someone is tapping their pencil.
  • Volcano Breaths – in easy pose

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