Earth Day Yoga Theme

Earth Hands Rainbow

Earth Day is an opportunity to teach children that taking care of the Earth is in our hands.

This week, I led several special Earth Day programs at one of the preschools where I teach.  We began in circle time by singing a variation of  “We’ve Got the Whole World in our Hands“. We did the actions of making a round Earth by raising our arms in a circle over our heads and then holding out our hands.  I included many of natural elements and that we have been talking about this month so that they could relate to all these parts of Nature as part of our Earth.

We’ve got the mountains and the valleys in our hands,
We’ve got the birds and the bears in our hands,
We’ve got the rivers and the oceans in our hands,
We’ve got the whole world in our hands.

We’ve got the future of the Earth in our hands.
We’ve got the whole world in our hands.

Doing yoga outdoors helps children really identify with all the poses they have been learning.

It was a real treat to teach these classes outside in the school garden!  We pretended to go on a Nature Hunt and find what we saw along the way.  We walked around the garden together and the children called out some of the yoga poses they saw, such as flowers, rocks, squirrels, birds and even a bridge.  For Tree Pose, we all gathered around a small tree holding hands and did a group tree pose while looking at the tree.

For Relaxation, the children were all lying down on the grass and looking up at the clouds and then closed their eyes.  I asked them to breathe in the fresh air and listen to the sounds and sensations all around them, like the swooshing wind, the birds chirping up above, the feel of the sun warming their skin or the cool grass under their fingertips.  I told them that we must appreciate the Earth and all that it gives us, not just today on Earth Day, but every day. I told them how much we have to be thankful for that comes from the Earth, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the heat and light of the Sun and all the plants and animals we share the Earth with.

At the end of class I did a call and response poem:

The earth is ours,
Yours and mine,
Ours to live on, ours to share,
Ours to guard, regard, and tend with gentle care —
The earth is ours,
Yours and mine.

What a gift to be able to spend the morning outside with the children playing, singing and celebrating our big, beautiful planet Earth!

For more Nature Theme Classes, take a look at my previous posts for the month of April:

Spring is in the Air!

A Rainbow of Colors