Sitting on a Chicken.

The Best EVER 52 Yoga Games to Teach in Schools

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At last! The ultimate guide to children’s yoga both in school and out.

The best way to teach yoga to children is with games. With 52 vibrant, easy-to-follow yoga games requiring no previous yoga experience, this book will enable you to help children become better listeners, take responsibility, gain self-control, improve behaviour, become assertive and improve self-esteem and confidence.

Within these pages Michael Chissick has distilled nearly twenty years' experience of teaching yoga to children aged 3-11 in mainstream and special needs schools. He explains the ideal yoga lesson structure to transform your children's behaviour: you will learn which games to teach,when to teach them and how to teach them, and how the additional benefits of improved co-ordination, flexibility, fitness, self-calming and relaxation can be accessible to all children regardless of impairment, need, culture, shape, mood or size.

Sitting on a Chicken is now available in French and Spanish 

New Book arriving February 2019: Yoga Games & Activities for Children & Young People with Autism. I AM A BANANA! 
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Real reviews from real humans who have purchased Sitting on a Chicken.
Average 5.0 out of 5 from 11 review(s)
5 star review
Phillippa, Grantham on 16/10/2016
This is a gem of a book if you're looking for a fun and engaging way to implement yoga in schools whilst building self-esteem and strengthening concentration. This is as much a credit to Michael's depth of experience as it is to the book’s flawless presentation. The book’s expertly considered structure and fun, vibrant visuals help teachers select activities according to the needs of the children. I can't wait to build this into my school day.

Phillippa Johnson, Primary School Teacher.
5 star review
Ilse Fullarton, Cambridge on 21/10/2016
Sitting on a Chicken is one of the most educationally sound books I’ve read for yoga in primary schools. Michael suggests a wide range of inclusive, calming, skill-based games for yoga, designed to be used within curriculum lessons. The activities will give your pupils a well-deserved boost in self-esteem and leadership skills, and support a growth mindset for both physical and mental wellbeing

IIse, PE Consultant, Association for PE East Board Member and Founder of The Children’s Health Project CIC
5 star review
Kate Mason, London E17 on 25/10/2016
All readers, regardless of their background, will find much to vitalise their thinking in this book. Michael’s unique approach to yoga is accessible to all children, regardless of their needs and abilities. He has created a fun range of yoga activities to focus and stimulate young minds

Kate Mason, Assistant Head, Phoenix School, a school for children with language and communication difficulties whose needs lie within the autistic spectrum
5 star review
Wendy Teasdill, London on 24/11/2016
Once again Michael Chissick has brought his depth of experience in teaching yoga to children for a wide range of age-groups and abilities in the form of his latest book: Sitting on a Chicken. This book is directed specifically at school-teachers within the English National Curriculum, with the particular aim that Yoga be included as part of the weekly timetable rather than slotted into breakfast or after-school clubs (though actually, as Michael concedes - it works very well with them too!). As always with Michael, the simple and systematic presentation belies a deeply-structured format which in turn yields plenty of opportunities for the children (of whatever age, culture, ability or disability) to find a still centre. The book is an extremely practical guide to enabling teachers to help the children they are teaching to accept themselves just as they are. In a world where assessments, grades and progress can often seem to count for more than personal worth this is an invaluable gift to society.

The book includes clear lesson plans with aims and learning objectives and is designed to cut to the chase. It does not give step-by-step instructions on how to get into postures; the beautiful illustrations by Sarah Peacock are all that's needed. The lessons come in the form of games - `Sitting on a Chicken' being one of them and `Wind, Rain or Thunder' being another - cunningly set out in an appropriate learning curve so the children are both engaged with their Yoga and having fun at the same time. And it is not only about fun. There are opportunities for children to `punch through their shyness', to honour themselves for who they are, to express themselves in a safe environment and to recognize that life is not all about sunshine ... but that the sun is always there. Classic asanas such as the Hero poses are presented as a regulated battle, and the game is popular with 7 - 11 year-olds. Using dice, it includes the opportunity to do strong postures, co-operate, learn about probabilities and to experience the strength of self-worth gained by going within.

For younger children, postures are simplified. Tadasana, for example, is `Stick', and Sukhasana is simply `Good Sitting.' There is a chance for the children to review the session at the end and they all finish up in `Sleeping bird' ... the lesson continues even up to the point of the children filing quietly out of the room, taking the gift of silence with them.

The book is backed up with a link to Michael's website, which provides resources such as songs, posture and game cards. I really hope that Yoga may one day become part of the school curriculum and that Michael's book becomes a set text. In my mind, it is already a classic.'

Wendy Teasdill
5 star review
Marcella, Rio on 08/12/2016
I bought your book at Amazon, and I started alread to use your games, and I’ll say to you: It really works too here in Brazil!!! I’m really impressed with the good reaction of the children. The way you subtly award those who are quiet, that is the motivation they need to get silent, that is their real wish!
I am a yoga teacher there is some time, and I started to work with children there are 3 years. Your book has really improved my work!

Marcella , Children's Yoga Teacher, Rio, Brazil
5 star review
Gill , Edinburgh on 14/02/2017
I love Sitting on a Chicken! There are lots of children books, but often they are 'here's the poses' and no guidance on how to put it all together. Or they go to the other extreme and give you ten lesson plans and that's it. No room for creativity or to adapt to the children's needs. Sitting on a Chicken is the complete package, everything is there.

Gill, Edinburgh
5 star review
Beryl L, Essex on 16/02/2017
Excellent book. Great having one resource that gives some many ideas and guidance on structure and planning

Beryl, Children’s Yoga Teacher
5 star review
Sherene, London E17 on 20/09/2017
What I love about this book is that the ideas are fun and easy to use right from the get-go. The format works whether you want to teach games by lesson stage, age, qualities or skills. 

Michael takes the yogic principles of asana, relaxation and internal awareness to an accessible place for children and in a school environment. Once you get this book it will soon be one of those resource tools that you will regularly go back to.

Sherene, Children's Yoga Teacher and Adult Yoga Teacher
5 star review
Andrea, Cambridge on 20/10/2017
This is a wonderful book for yoga teachers and mums and dads wanting to develop their children in yoga. I particularly liked the learning outcomes suggesting why the exercises or games would be useful. I would highly recommend this to my friends with children, and to other teachers who would like a resource book with so much for children of all ages to try, and enjoy

Andrea Kwiatkowski, Yoga Teacher at Santosha Yoga
5 star review
Sharyn, Scotland on 22/10/2017
My local primary school asked if I would come in and teach yoga to Reception Class for four-week block. I accepted but was absolutely terrified being thrown in at the deep end. I quickly bought Sitting on a Chicken, Ladybird’s Remarkable Relaxation and Seahorse’s Magical Sun Sequences and read as much as I could on your website and I have to say, you saved my life!

I could not have gone in there and taught yoga without them. I was so nervous, as being an ex-teacher I knew exactly what to expect, and knew it would be difficult to keep control and engage a whole class. 

Michael’s ideas and recommendations were spot on.

School has now asked me to go in regularly next year to work as part of their health activity afternoon and another head teacher has expressed interest also. 

I am so grateful for MIchael’s advice and resources, which definitely gave me enough confidence to give it a go. 


Sharyn McKenzie, Scotland
5 star review
Eve Costarelli, USA on 24/10/2017
I was so excited to receive my copy of Sitting On A Chicken, The Best Ever Yoga Games To Teach In Schools by Michael Chissick. What I like most about his work is his focused attention on how to make activities wholly inclusive. In Sitting On A Chicken, using clear lesson plans, complete with intentions and learning objectives, Michael shares highly accessible yoga and mindfulness games to implement into your classrooms. Mr. Chissick is very imaginative and has created some very original, fun-filled yoga games that teach mindfulness. These games are designed to be all inclusive to ensure “that all children are included irrespective of needs, culture, shape, mood or size”. I could not say that any better!
I highly recommend this book. It can be used by anyone from parents to teachers to childcare workers who are looking for fun, play centered ways to bring yoga and mindfulness to all children and with added ingenuity can be adapted for all age groups and all needs. The beautiful illustrations by Sarah Peacock are cheerful, understandable and just make you happy!

Eve Costarelli

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