In the Land of Nod... A Child's Yoga Bedtime Story

A sweet bedtime story of yoga poses inspired by the classic poem Wyken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene FieldIt's a great way to wind down for sweet slumber.


Start by sitting on the floor with your child. Tell your child that tonight you are going to tell them a special story and will need their help to tell it. As you read the story below perform the poses. Your child should follow along. Remember to speak in a calming voice.


Take deep inhale breath followed by an exhale while making a tshhhh sound of the ocean waves. Count to four when you inhale, hold for one, then count to 4 on exhale. If your child's doesn't imitate you, then say, "We need an ocean to sail in, can you help me make the sounds?" 

Wynken, Blyken, and Nod one night, sailed off in a wooden shoe.
Sailed on a river of crystal light,
Into a sea of dew. 


"Where are you going and what do you wish?" 
The old moon asked the three. 
"We've come to fish for herring fish 
That live in the sea; 
Nets of silver and gold have we!" 
Said the fishermen three.


The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe,
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew.
The little stars were the herring fish
That lived in that beautiful sea -
"Now cast your nets wherever you wish -
Never afraid are we";
So cried the stars to the fishermen three:
Wyken, Blynken and Nod.


All night long their nets they threw 
To stars of twinkling foam -
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home;


T'was all so pretty a sail
It seemed
As if it could not be,
And some folks thought 'twas a dream they'd dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea -
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod


Now climb into your wooden shoe (have your child climb into bed)
And I will tell a secret to you.
Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes (gently touch each eyelid.)
And Nod is a little head (trace a circle around your child's face)
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies is a wee-one's trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mommy/daddy sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you will see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea.
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
(whisper) Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

Natalie Merchant sings a wonderful lullaby song to the Robert Louis Stevenson poem In the Land of Nod, that is a perfect companion to play or sing to your little one as they drift to sleep.


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