Yoga and relaxation

This lesson for primary learners introduces children to some basic yoga poses and guided relaxation.

Author
Jo Blackmore

Introduction

This lesson plan helps raise awareness of yoga and relaxation, which can benefit the physical and mental well-being of children as well as adults.

In the first part of the lesson, learners do a basic yoga pose and a warm-up. They then learn and practise language for giving instructions for yoga poses. Next, they create their own instructions for a yoga pose, which they give to a partner to follow. After the yoga poses, learners experience a guided relaxation. They then draw a picture to illustrate the 'story' they heard during the relaxation, or they can draw a picture of a different scene that they find relaxing. Finally, they describe their picture to a classmate.

Aims:

  • To raise learners' awareness of yoga
  • To build learners' vocabulary for body parts and actions
  • To practise using imperatives
  • To develop listening and speaking skills
  • To encourage imagination 

Age and level:

Primary (8–12 years) at CEFR level A2 and above

Time:

60–90 minutes approximately

Materials:

The lesson plan and student materials can be downloaded below in PDF format.

  • lesson plan for face-to-face teaching
  • lesson plan for remote teaching
  • worksheet for face-to-face teaching
  • presentation slides for remote teaching
  • instructions sheet for poses and relaxation
  • Tree pose picture
  • Warrior pose picture

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