“Gratitude/ Thanksgiving” 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 

Warm Up
Song – Kidding Around Yoga – “If You’re Happy and You Know It

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 – There was an Old Woman who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson
pie – seated wide angle, legs like a “V”
cider – vrksasana/tree pose for apple tree
roll – seated with knees to chest, roll backwards
squash – paripurna navasana/boat pose
salad – sukhasana/easy seated pose/ criss cross apple sauce, legs are the salad bowl
turkey – malasana/ yogic squat with lots of gobbling
pot – happy baby/ ananda balasana
cake – candle pose/ shoulder stand
I used the OMazing Kids idea of saying, “Perhaps she’ll sigh” to add more breathwork in.

 Song: Kira Willey- “Making Pie
I didn’t use the yoga track in class, but I wanted to link to it here so you can hear what poses are being done. The original song is here.

Breathing ball

Savasana
This was a guided savasana. We imagined we were a seed in the ground. We could feel the warm, soft dirt all around us. We felt safe and secure. We wanted to grow, and one day we burst through the dirt as a small stem. We could feel the sun. It gave us food and light and warmth. We could feel ourselves growing stronger and longer into vines and tendrils, and one day, we sprouted a pumpkin. We could feel ourselves growing rounder and rounder into the biggest, best pumpkin we could be. (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

Craft: Gratitude Pumpkins

Namaste!

 

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