“Dear Zoo” yoga storytime

dear zoo

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: Kira Willey’s “The Shimmy


Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Book – Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
elephant – prasarita padottonasana with arms extended like elephant’s trunk. Make an elephant trumpet noise as you float forward.
giraffe – upward salute/urdhva hastasana
lion – lion’s breath
camel – ustrasana/camel pose
snake – cobra pose/bhujangasana
monkey – dance around like a monkey
frog – malasana/yoga squat and jump around
puppy – puppy pose into adho mukha svanasana/ downward facing dog. Wag your tail.

Song: “Dancing Bear” – Bari Koral Family Band

Hoberman Sphere breathing ball

Savasana This was a guided savasana. We thought about our favorite animals at the zoo and how some were fast and some took their time, how some were strong, and how some were soft, and how some were smart, and how we have all those qualities in ourselves too.

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

Lion’s breath mask. I used streamers instead of construction paper for the mane, and I added a craft stick at the bottom for the kids to hold. Check out https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fyogibrarian%2Fvideos%2F1017036694999888%2F&show_text=0&width=560“>this video!

Namaste!

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