Kids Yoga Story: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

The girls love this story because there is a witch. The boys love this story because there is a dragon. Enjoy the story with eighteen kids’ yoga poses!

The witch had a cat (Witch: Standing on one leg like a dancing witch, we lift our arms like we have claws for fingers. Then pull a really funny witchy face, sticking out our tongues like a silly witch! / Cat: On all fours, round your back up and then down.) and a very tall hat.They sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind (Warrior 3 – Flying: Standing up tall, step forward and tilt, lifting your back foot off the ground, sending it long and strong behind you like a tail. Stay steady and balanced as you take your arms out wide to the sides like wings and fly). When the wind blew so wildly it blew off the hat (Windmill Breath: Take a deep breath in through your nose and breath out through your mouth slowly). They flew to the ground to search for the hat but no hat could be found. Then out of the bushes bounded a dog with the hat in his jaws (Dog: We press our feet and hands into the floor as we lift our bottoms to the sky, going woof woof). He dropped it politely and said “Is there room on the broom for a dog like me?”. “Yes!” cried the witch. And whoosh! They were gone.

They flew over forests (Group Tree: Standing tall, place the heel of your foot on top of the other. Bring your hands together at your heart and grow your branches up tall). But the bow of the witch from her long ginger plait blew away. They flew to the ground to search for the bow but no bow could be found. Then out from a tree flapped a green bird with a bow in her beak (Bird: Standing up, bend forward from your middle, keeping your back long and straight. Your arms become wide wings floating up and down at your sides as you fly like a bird). She dropped it politely and said “Is there room on the broom for a bird like me?”. “Yes!” cried the witch. And whoosh! They were gone.

They flew over the rivers (River: Sitting up tall, legs out long in front of you. Point your toes and place your hands behind your bottom with your finger pointing towards your bottom. Lift up your hips). But the witch let go of her wand this time. They flew to the ground to search for the wand but no wand could be found. Then all of a sudden from out of a pond leapt a dripping wet frog with a wet wand (Frog: Up on your toes, crouching down, with your knees out wide and use your hands for balance and hop!). He dropped it politely and said “Is there room on the broom for a frog like me?”. “Yes!” cried the witch. And whoosh! They were gone.

They flew over the mountains (Mountain: Standing tall and perfectly still, eyes can be closed , breathing steady, immovable like mountains). The frog jumped for joy and the broom snapped in two! The witch’s half-broomstick flew into a cloud (Child Pose/Cloud: Sit on your heels, slowly bring your forehead down to rest in front of your knees, rest your arms down alongside your body). And the witch heard a roar that was scary and loud (Lion Breath: Kneeling up, hands wide, stick out your tongue and roar ). It was the Dragon, who wanted to have witch and chips for his tea (Dragon/Horse: One knee down, one knee up. Lift and join your hands up above your head and open your chest up to the sky)! But just then from out of a ditch rose a horrible beast (Monster: Standing with your legs wide, toes pointed out, bend your knees and squat. Take your arms out to the sides) with four frightful heads. It said to the dragon “That’s my witch!”. The dragon started to shake and “I am sorry!” he said. He spread out his wings and was off through the sky.

Then down flew the bird and down jumped the frog. Down climbed the cat and “Phew!” said the dog. “Thank you, oh, thank you!” cried the grateful witch (Namaste: Sitting with your legs crossed, hands together at your heart, bow your head and say “Namaste”). Then she filled up her cauldron and everybody threw something in. The witch stirred them well and she muttered a spell (Porridge: Sitting tall, we take our legs out wide. Our pot of porridge is in the middle. We twist one way and get our oats, then twist the other way for our water or milk. We take hold of one ankle and spoon and we stir it , stir it, stir it…). Then out rose a truly magnificent broom with seats for the witch, the cat, and the dog (Chair: Standing with your feet together, or a little apart, bend your knees and lift your arms, sitting down into your chair), a nest for the bird and a shower for the frog. “Yes!” cried the witch and they all clambered on. The witch tapped the broomstick and whoosh! They were gone (Flying: Standing up tall, step forward and tilt, lifting your back foot off the ground, sending it long and strong behind you like a tail. Stay steady and balanced as you take your arms out wide to the sides like wings and fly).

Relaxation:

Please lie down comfortably and close your eyes softly. Feel like this kind-hearted witch who is loved by everyone. Be happy with this feeling. Let a nice smile on your face… now take a deep breath through your nose, inhale the goodness in every breath you take. While breathing out, leave out all the negative emotions, fears, angers, etc…

Now it is time to wake up. When you feel ready, you can slowly start to move your fingers and toes. Pulling your knees to your chest, give them a big hug. Rolling over to one side, lift up to a comfortable sitting position. Bring your hands together in front of your chest. Thank you for doing yoga with me today. Namaste!