Love and Sharing Yoga Storytime

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Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Extend and Stretch
Frere Jacques
Extend and stretch (sit in sukasana – easy seated pose, or crisscross applesauce- and do seated side bends)
Extend and stretch
Twist and turn (seated twists)
Twist and turn
This is yoga, (hands overhead on “this,” then bring to prayer position on “yoga”)
This is yoga
Om sweet om, (hands in prayer, bow forward)
Om sweet om
Source: I got this from Kids Yoga Guide teacher training, but here is another from Be Grace Yoga 

Open Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Sun Salutations – I use a call and response version of Sargeant Salutations from Kidding Around Yoga. 

Book – Plant a Kiss by Amy Krause Rosenthal
It goes like this.
Little Miss planted a kiss. (child’s pose)
Planted a kiss? Planted a kiss. (Stretch up on knees. Child’s pose)
Sunshine. Water. Greet. Repeat. (Sun salutations)
Wait and wait. Getting late. (Mountain pose. Child’s pose)
Doubt. Pout.
Sprout. Shout! Shout! (Rise to standing. 5 pointed star pose with jump)
Gather about (bear twists)
Wow! How? What now? Stare and stare. (Malasana – yogic squat)
“I’ll share!” she declared. Don’t you dare! It’s far too rare. It’ll go bare! (Mountain pose, raise arms)
She didn’t care. From there – everywhere! (triangle pose, both sides)
To and fro. High and low. (warrior II, both sides)
Rain or snow. (Forward fold, mountain) With a bow! (eagle pose, both sides)
Alas, time to go. So she returned. There she learned. From one little kiss (easy seated pose)
Endless bliss (anjali mudra)

Song: Kidding Around Yoga- “This Little Light of Mine 

Hugs and Kisses pose  

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Breathing ball – I pass the ball around and show the kids how to open it with a deep inhale and close it with an exhale.

Savasana
This was a guided savasana, using the color red. Imagine the color red. Imagine it starting at your heart and filling your whole body. The color red feels like love. Imagine that you are filled with love. Imagine you see someone very important to you, maybe your mom or dad, or brother or sister, or grandma or grandpa. Imagine you give them some of that red love, and then they are filled with it. And imagine it keeps spreading, and everyone in the world is filled with that love.

Mandala coloring

 

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