“In the Jungle” yoga storytime

over in the grasslands

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 

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): Monkeys climb up! Sloths 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 – Over in the Grasslands by Anna Wilson and Alison Bartlett

Asana (poses):
Rhinos- extended mountain (horns on head)
Hippos – Shalabasana or locust pose for swimming
Eagle – Garudasana or eagle pose For the little, little guys, modify this pose by simply standing with one foot in front of the other and hands touching opposite shoulders. That’s PLENTY for the under 3’s. 
Lion- lion’s breath.
Bees – bumble bee breath
Warthog – ananda balasana or happy baby pose like warthogs rolling in the mud. Be sure to laugh with this pose!
Hare – Shashasana or rabbit pose We used a bound version with hands clasped behind the back like rabbit ears.
Frog – Malasana or yogic squat with frog hop
Jackal – Adho mukha svanasana or downward dog with running. Then wag the tail because running is fun.
Monkey – Because the monkeys were sleeping, I used child’s pose or balasana as a calming posture.

Monkey Toes
I tossed out pompoms around the room and had the kids collect the pompoms with their toes and place them into bowls. Normally, this game is called “toe-ga.”

Song – Kidding Around Yoga’s Crazy Monkey

Breathing ball

Savasana
This was a guided savasana. We imagined we were in a jungle. We could feel the sun, see the enormous flowers, trees, and plants. We could feel the dew on the leaves. We could hear the birds and the insects. We could see the bright colors everywhere. We watched the life happening all around us. We know that we are all part of that life. We are all connected. (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

Yoga bananas – We talked about going “within” to find peace and calm. I took this invitation idea, and we made them with paper. We drew things that made us feel calm inside our bananas. I drew a campsite. One little girl drew her mom hugging her. Another little boy drew a tractor.

Namaste!

 

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