Harry Potter | Kids Yoga Class Plan
This class plan is part of the Movie Bundle – five different kids’ movies adapted into kids yoga scripts.
Teaching yoga through a story is great for kids, but it’s even better when you can work with a story that a certain age group of kids are really into. The Very Hungry Caterpillar works wonders for 3 and 4 year olds. The Princess and the Wizard is great for 5 and 6 year olds. Anything by Roald Dahl is a winner for 7 and 8 year olds (Roald Dahl yoga class plans coming soon!) and so for ages 8 up to 11 years – what to do? By this age kids are getting into reading in a much more serious way and they will reel off lists of books they have read and enjoyed. The issue with converting them into yoga stories is their depth and length. We’re trying to fit a 200 page novel into a 45 minute yoga class and the plot lines, characters, twists and turns are what make them interesting to kids. That said, it is possible and I have taken the very popular Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone (the first one when Harry is 10 years old) and whittled it down to a neat 45 minute kids yoga class plan. I have been pretty brutal and cut loads out of it but I think we make up for that with some good fun partner yoga, which is something this age group are great at. I hope you find it useful and let me know how you get on with it.
If you need help with the postures you can always download the Big Yoga Posture Book here which explains 115 poses with instruction scripts, anatomical focus and teaching tips.
Harry Potter is ten years old and lives in Four Privet Drive (house pose), with his aunt and uncle: Vernon and Petunia Dursley and their spoiled and bullying son, Dudley. He always tries to be as quiet as a mouse and stay in his small bed reading books so as not to disturb his horrid family.
On Harry’s eleventh birthday, the moon is in the sky (both sides) and the clock strikes midnight (reaching and pointing straight up). All of a sudden a giant called Hagrid clumps in through the door and delivers Harry a letter telling him that he is in fact a wizard (reverse warrior) and he has been accepted into Hogwarts School of Wizarding and Witch craft (house pose)!
Hagrid takes Harry on a magic carpet to Diagon Alley, a magically concealed shopping precinct in London. Hagrid has brought Harry here to buy his equipment for school. Harry takes big giant steps to keep up with Hagrid who explains how famous Harry is among witches and wizards as “the boy who lived.” The dark lord, Voldemort had killed Harry’s parents but couldn’t kill Harry when he was a baby. Plus Harry is quite wealthy, since a bequest from his parents has remained on deposit at Gringotts Wizarding Bank. The bank is run by goblins (witch pose) who make a nosey archway (partner posture – towers or tabletops – in a row to make a corridor to walk in through, one partner at a time, and joining on – into the posture at the end) as Harry and Hagrid enter the bank. Harry withdraws the money he needs to buy the equipment for his first year at Hogwarts.
First they open the door to the wand shop. Harry tries a few wands for size (surfer pose with swishy wand movements) he finds that the wand that suits him best is the twin of Voldemort’s; both wands contain feathers from the same phoenix (dancer pose). For Harry’s birthday Hagrid gives him an owl who he names Hedwig.
On the first day of school, Harry leaves the Dursleys’ home in a taxi (truck pose) to catch the Hogwarts Express from King’s Cross railway station. He meets the Weasley family, who show him how to pass through the magical wall (monkey jumping) to Platform 9 ¾ . The train sets off, Harry befriends Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger. Harry also makes an enemy on his trip; fellow first-year, Draco Malfoy.
On arrival, the table’s (bridge pose) are set for the first dinner in the school’s Great Hall. Everyone takes a seat (chair pose). The first-years are allocated to houses by the Sorting Hat (house pose). Twinkling our fingers on our heads and faces as the sorting hat announces Harry, Ron and Hermione are in Gryffindor.
They have Potions (sitting up legs crossed, hands on knees and rotate torso one way then the other) lessons with Severus Snape. They fill their cauldrons and stir them one way then the other (other leg), potions bubbling.
There’s a horrid Troll (gorilla pose) who lurks in the toilets at Hogwarts! Hermione is rescued by Harry and Ron from it, so they become great friends.
They visit Hagrid who lives in the Forbidden Forest. full of tall, dark trees. Hagrid is looking after a baby dragon (link thumbs above head and flare fingers – then do lion face with tongue out and eyes wide) and a badly injured unicorn (other side) .
For Christmas, Harry receives an Invisibility Cloak (partner crescent warriors) that belonged to his father.
Harry, Ron and Hermione discover that the Philosopher’s Stone, which contains an elixir of life is being hidden at the school. Voldemort wants the stone so he can regain full health, kill Harry and take his power back. Harry decides that they must protect the stone themselves.
Covered by the Invisibility Cloak (standing spin), the trio enter Fluffy’s (dog pose) chamber, where Harry sends the beast to sleep by playing a flute (Lord Krishna pose). They lift (woodchopper) a trap-door, and encounter a series of rooms. They tiptoe into the first room which contains a life-sized game of wizard’s chess – the chess pieces come alive – Bishop (stand in prayer and bow), Knight (horse pose – back knee lifted), Castle pose (house pose)
There’s a tunnel that leads to the final room and Harry crawls in alone. Once inside, as Harry stands as still as a mountain in front of the magic mirror, he feels the Philosopher’s Stone drop into his pocket. Voldemort appears in the form of one of the teachers and they battle with magic (flow – Warrior I into surfer into wizard pose into humble warrior – hands plant down coming into downward dog and repeat other side) Voldemort tries to grab the Stone from Harry, but simply touching Harry causes his flesh to burn – he crumbles into a pile of dust (mouse pose).
After the battle, Harry is exhausted and needs to rest. He gets into the comfy bed in the school hospital and folding forward (seated forward bend) to pull up the cosy blankets he lies back on the soft pillows.
Relaxation He dreams of his friends, his mother and father, and as he rests he gets his strength back. Dumbledore explains to him that he survived because his mother sacrificed her life to protect him, the power of love is the best defence against the dark arts. With that we all come back up to sitting with our legs crossed, our hands together at our hearts and our eyes closed to breath in calm, peace and love and breathe out worry, anger and negativity. We repeat this and enjoy feeling centred and at peace with our Self. Namaste