Sleep Big Bear Yoga

sleep big bear

Winter lesson plans would not be complete without a Hibernation Theme, which is a great way to introduce the idea of the resting and stillness component of yoga  to children.  I found another great library book which I got to use in some of my classes last week.

SLEEP, BIG BEAR, SLEEP by Maureen Wright is an amusing tale of a bear who confuses all of Old Man Winter’s warnings to go to sleep with some silly mixed up instructions, like Drive a Jeep, Dive Deep, Climb a Mountain Steep…which takes him on a wild and wacky adventure!

SleepBigBear bumble bees

There are lots of yoga poses and fun movements in the book, including:

BUMBLE BEE BREATH

RABBIT POSE

RIDING A JEEP

SWEEPING THE HOUSE

FROG POSE

FISH POSE

MOUNTAIN POSE

and more…

Of course the best part of the book is when the bear  finally hears Old Man Winter yell

IT’S WINTERTIME, NOW GO TO BED!

This is also the perfect lead in to SAVASANA, where the children got to experience some quiet time to rest their bodies and minds like the bear.  To ease them out of relaxation time, I asked children to give themselves a BIG BEAR HUG while turning over to come into fetal position.

The book was a big hit with the kids and we all had lots of laughs and yoga fun!