“Getting Silly” 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 

Laughter Meditation
We lied on our backs and pedaled like we were riding a bicycle. As we rode along, I asked the kids what they saw. To start them off, I said I see a plate of spaghetti riding through the sky. Then I saw Grandma doing cartwheels. The kids then took over and said they saw hot air balloons, dinosaurs, etc. After each silly thing we saw,  we laughed. Laughter meditation incorporates a “fake it till you make it” attitude. When you are feeling down, force yourself to laugh. The good feelings will follow. (I also think lying on your back so the blood rushes to your head helps.)

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 – Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
Orange: happy baby
Pear: Squat/ horse
Apple: Tree
Bear: 5 pointed star

Song: Kidding Around Yoga “Head Shoulders Yoga Pose

Pass the ball with your foot
Sit in a circle and pass a small ball around to each person using only your feet.

Song – Kidding Around Yoga’s Stinky Feet (with lavender essential oil)

Breathing ball

Savasana
This was a guided savasana. We imagined we were back on our bikes. I asked the kids to look at the sky and feel the warmth of the sun. I asked them to feel the wind on their faces. I then asked them to remember the silly things we had imagined earlier and to now come up with three more silly things but keep them silently to themselves. It was so joyous to see them lying on the mats giggling quietly.  (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

Mandala coloring

Namaste!

 

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