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Yamas and Niyamas: Kids Yoga Lesson Plan Unit for Ages 7-11

Yoga philosophy lesson plans for children

Values taught:

  • Generosity
  • Kindness
  • Cleanliness
  • Self-awareness
  • Non-hoarding 
  • Awe 

Lesson Plans that are easy to use for parents and teachers!

Using this 10-lesson unit, adults (parents, teachers, or clinicians) can facilitate conversations, games, activities, and yoga experiences that give children concrete information about each of the Yamas and Niyamas. Each lesson has a beautifully illustrated yoga sequence, breathing/meditation exercises, arts and crafts projects, and instruction on leading a class!

Each of the ten lessons introduces you to one of the Yamas or Niyamas and how to teach it to children ages 7-11, including:

  • group work or activity with facilitated questions and discussions

  • breathing exercises, meditations, and guided relaxations you can read out loud

  • beautifully illustrated yoga pose sequences

  • art projects with instructions for children to express themselves

Enjoy Crafts, meditations, the sun salutation, mini yoga cards that can be printed for the kids to play games, illustrated sequences, ice breakers, and more. 

What's included

The Yamas & Niyamas: Successful Relationships with Self & Others (ages 7-11) comprehensive lesson plan contains 10 units and 48 pages. It is a PDF download that you can view on your phone, tablet, computer, or print on paper.

Follow full lesson plans, which include discussion prompts to teach about each yoga philosophy term, providing context. Learn breathing and meditation activities, full yoga poses sequences (fully illustrated,) crafts for each lesson, and more!

Also included is:

35 vividly illustrated yoga poses that can be used in a number of ways, such as self-teaching and memory games

Sun Salutation poster complete with poem and poses

48 pages
lesson plans
group chats
Flow and Grow Kids Yoga methodology

How to use

Follow the instructions to teach yoga and mindfulness lessons to children.

More info

In yoga, the Yamas and Niyamas are a moral code of conduct—a guideline for living. Together the Yamas and Niyamas help us make careful decisions about thinking, speaking, and behaving. This foundational thinking prepares children to form healthy relationships with themselves and others.

Teach the Yamas and Niyamas to kids
Yamas include five (5) guidelines that support how we become a good friend to others, the world, and ourselves. Niyamas describes the principles of being a good person. Through them, we build character and learn mindfulness and self-discipline to become good citizens in the world.

These lesson plans can be used as a complete yoga class following the FGKY teaching methodology or in the home, easily adapted for the school classroom or clinical settings.

Comprehensive lesson plans (10 total) for ages 7-11.

Read before teaching. Provide times to have the discussions. These can be part of the yoga class or separate. Learn SEL-integrated yoga philosophy with your students by participating in contextualized hypothetical situations kids can understand to learn how to live more peacefully, gratefully, and generously. The lesson unit helps children learn the concepts of the yoga philosophy, the context for the Yamas and Niyamas in everyday life, and how to incorporate these values at school, in sports, and home.