“Old MacYogi had a Farm” yoga storytime

clipclop

 

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Extend and Stretch
Frere Jacques
Extend and stretch (sit in sukasana – easy seated pose, or crisscross applesauce- and do seated side bends)
Extend and stretch
Twist and turn (seated twists)
Twist and turn
This is yoga, (hands overhead on “this,” then bring to prayer position on “yoga”)
This is yoga
Om sweet om, (hands in prayer, bow forward)
Om sweet om
Source: I got this from Kids Yoga Guide teacher training, but here is another from Be Grace Yoga 

Sun Salutations – I use a call and response version of Sargeant Salutations from Kidding Around Yoga. 

Old MacYogi had a Farm
Old Mac-Yogi had farm. E-i-e-i-om.
The kids took turns saying what animals were on the farm, and we acted them out in yoga poses.

Walking Old Joe
Walking Old Joe, walking Old Joe
sit with legs stretched out in front, lifting one foot then the other for walking
You’re the best horse in the county-o.
Walking Old Joe, walking Old Joe
WHOA, JOE! Fall back onto mat, legs in air. Come back to seated.
Repeat with trot and gallop.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee
Horse: Downward dog with horse kicks (faster during the clip clop parts)
Cat: cat pose
Dog: puppy pose
Pig: happy baby pose (like pigs rolling in the mud)
Duck: Malasana (yogic squat) to waddle like a duck

Song: Bari Koral and the Family Band- “Back to the Farm

Chicken Feed
I tossed out “chicken feed” (a bag of pompoms) around the room and had the kids collect the pompoms with their toes and place them into bowls. Normally, this game is called “toe-ga.”

Savasana
This was a guided savasana. We pretended we were at the farm. The sun was shining, and we could feel its warmth. The horses were neighing and running. The cows are mooing and chewing grass. The goats were jumping and eating everything. We looked at the rows and rows of food growing and thought about how healthy this food was for us. We thought about how great it was to see life growing around the farm and tried to hold on to that feeling.

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Mandala coloring

Namaste!

 

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