North Pole Yoga

Lesson ideas

Here are some ideas for North Pole Yoga lesson!

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★Lesson title★

'Let's go to the North Pole!'​

1. Place     

North Pole, Arctic Ocean

2. Transportation  

Ship, Walk

3. What can you see?

Polar Bear, Penguin, Fish, Seal, Polar Fox, Polar Rabbit, Reindeer, Northern lights, etc.

4. References of Yoga Pose 

Let’s explore the North Pole by a big ship!

【Boat Pose】
1. Sit with your legs stretched.
2. Bend your knees.
3. Put your feet up.
4. Put your arms parallel to the floor.
5. Balance with your core.

 

What can you see on the iceberg?
Look! There is a family of penguins!

 

【Penguin pose】
1. Kneel down.
2. Walk with your knees.

【Song】
The Penguin Dance
PINGFONG songs for children

Click here

What can you see in the Arctic Ocean?
What’s that?
A big whale is swimming! 
The whale is blowing water!
Breathe in and out, Splaaaaaaash!!

 

【Whale pose】 
1. Lie on your stomach.
2. Place your palms down near your chest.
3. Extend your arms and lift your chest and head up.
4. Bend your knees and put your heels together like a whale tale.
5. Breathe in and exhale as if the whale were blowing water.

What’s that? There is a snow house!!

It’s called Igloo. Igloo is a shelter used by people who live near Arctic Ocean during hunting.

【Igloo pose】 
1. Sit with your legs stretched.
2. Raise your hands and touch your toes.

Do you know ‘clione’? It’s a really small creature in the Arctic Ocean. It’s called ‘Sea Angel’.
Let’s be a Sea Angel!!
Sea Angels swim right and left, up and down.
【 Sea Angel pose】 
1. Stand straight.
2. Put the sole of your right foot against the inside of your left thigh.
3. Make Sea Angel’s flippers with your arms.

Look! It started snowing!

 

​​【Snowflake pose】

1. Stand straight.
2. Raise your arms parallel to the floor.
3. Raise your left leg to the side.
4. Lean your body.

【Song】 
Little Snowflake
Super Simple Songs
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Look! Something is lying down on the ice!
Wow, it’s a baby seal !! Sooooo cute!!

【Baby Seal Pose】
1. Get down on your hands and knees.
2. Your lower legs are baby seal’s tail. Move from side to side.

A mother seal is coming! She is barking! ‘Bark, bark’.

【Mother Seal Pose】
1. Lie on your stomach.
2. Place your palms down near your chest.
3. Extend your arms and lift your chest and head up.

 

5. Song

Look! A polar bear is coming!
The polar bear is called King of Arctic Ocean. They eat fish and seals!

【Polar bear Pose 】
1. Get down on your hands and knees.
2. Lift your bottom upward.
3. Walk with your hands and feet.
4. Say, ‘Roar!!!!’.

 

【Homework】
Let’s make your own original North Pole yoga poses!
It’s homework for you!

 

- Walrus
- Polar fox
- Polar rabbit

- Orca

-Northern light
 

How about singing ‘Let’s go to the North Pole!’ song in the lesson?
We changed the lyrics of the song, ‘The bear went over the mountain’. Please check the melody first if you don’t know the song.

YouTube BabyTV Click here
 

Then sing this lyrics!
【Lyrics】
Let’s go to the North Pole × 3
To see what we could see.
To see what we could see. × 2
The other side of the iceberg × 3
Was all that we could see.

In kids yoga lesson, Singing song is really effective way of attracting kids. And it’s really fun. If there is no good song for the lesson theme or poses, you can make it with familiar songs’ melodies. Try it!

4. Picture Book

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

By Eric Carle, Bill Martin Jr


We can use this book for North Pole Yoga. It’s the book for learning the sound of animals in the zoo. But the polar animals, a polar bear and a walrus are in the book.

<Book theme>
Learning animal sounds

<Animals in the book>
Polar Bear,Lion,Hippopotamus,Flamingo Waruls etc..

<What can children learn?>
Roaring,Snorting,fluting,braying etc..

<How to use>
Read one spread,then be the animal pose, make the sound.

 

You can read with 'Twinkle twinkle little star' melody.
 

5. Satoko's recommendation and review

I bought these North Pole related picture books for my reference 2 years ago on Book Depository online bookshop Click here


Some books are good to use in the lesson or homeschooling approach.

These are my review of these books.


【Snowy Animals】
publisher : Campbell UK

It’s a kind of pop-up book. Pull and slide then animals appear. Illustrations are so cute.
I think this book is for small children from 1 year old to 5 years old.


【All about the North and South Poles】by Christina Mia Gardeski
I think it’s the most suitable book for using in the lesson. Simple explanations and beautiful pictures. Children wouldn’t get bored.


【Let’s explore the North Pole】
Publisher: Speedy Publishing LLC

The explanations of the Arctic animals and the climate are written well. Pictures are nice. I think if you use this book as picture cards to show children, it’s good.


【Arctic Animals】
Publisher: Speedy Publishing LLC

Pictures of the Arctic Animals are so cute. The explanations of the animals are written in an attractive way. So I think this book is good for homeschooling for older kids aged 6-10 years old.

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