“Superheroes” yoga storytime

superhero school

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 

Song: Karma Kids Yoga “Little Yoga Clock”

Sun Salutations – I use a call and response version of Sergeant Salutations from Kidding Around Yoga. To change it up every time, along with the theme, today we said (instead of butterflies): Superheroes up! Villains go down.

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. 

Book – Superhero School by Thierry Robberecht

Asana (poses):
Page: “During flying lessons…” –  half moon pose, fall to “stone” or child’s/ devotional pose
Page: “In the gym, the superheroes lift cars…” – lift a car by starting in yogic squat and lift up to extended mountain
Page: “Every student is good at something….Some can spit fire….” – Have the children spit fire with lion’s breath.
Page: “Then one day during class…” – Have the children pretend to be monsters. No exact poses, just go nuts.
Page: “We’ll show that potbelly everything we’ve learned…” – Archer pose
Page: “…but it’s too late. And there is the monster…” Tickle the kids’ feet with a feather.

Warrior poses
Warrior I – Say, “I am strong.”
Warrior II – Say, “I am brave.”
Reverse warrior – Say, ” I am peaceful.”
Warrior III – Say, “I am a superhero.”
Repeat on the other side.

Breathing ball

Savasana
This was a guided savasana. We imagined we were in a superhero school. Some of the kids could become invisible. Some could walk through walls. We thought about what our superpower would be and how we could use it to save the day. (60 second meditation).

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

Coloring star mandalas

Namaste!

 

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