“The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk” yoga storytime

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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 

Song – Kidding Around Yoga – “Head Shoulders Yoga Pose

Book – The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk by Kabir Sehgal and Surisththa Sehgal
Tuk tuk wheels – regular motions like the wheels on the bus, rolling hands
People on the street – jump on and off mat
Rupees – move hands like dropping coins into machine, explain that rupees are Indian dollars
Namaste-ji – Namaste hands or anjali mudra with a bow
Tuk tuk wala – everyone squish together in the middle of the room
Riders go bobble – everyone wiggle in your squished group
moo-moo cow – cow pose (with cat to balance)
yogi – padmasana/lotus pose
skip to elephant
elephant – prasarita padottanasana, lifting arms like trunk and spraying like elephant on the way down
wipers – windshield wiper legs
Diwali fireworks – jumping up and down in 5-pointed star pose

Sahaja (free form dance) with scarves to instrumental Panjabi MC
I made it a freeze dance. When the music stopped, we froze, and I would call out a yoga pose for them to hold until the music started again.

Tick Tick Tick (Hindi Nursery Rhyme)
I did this in English, as my Hindi is not up to par. 
Clock makes the sound Tick Tick Tick
standing, move arms like hands of clock
Vehicle makes the sound Chick Chick Chick
dandasana/ staff pose, pretend to drive car
Bell makes the sound Tun Tun Tun
ananda balasana/ happy baby like you are a ringing bell
Child dances
and makes the sound Chun Chun Chun
natarajasana/ dancer pose
Horse runs and makes the sound Tup Tup Tup
galloping in horse stance
Rain falls
and makes the sound Chap Chap Chap
Uttanasana/Forward fold, falling like the rain
Sparrow makes the sound Choon Choon Choon
bakasana/crow pose
Little girl cries
and makes the sound Oon Oon Oon
bhaktasana/ devotional pose (child’s pose/ balasana)
Breathing Ball

Savasana
This was a guided savasana. We imagined we were traveling to India, seeing new buildings,  smiling at new people, tasting and smelling new foods.

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

Henna Hands craft

Namaste!

 

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