“Winter Holiday” 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
Sun Salutations (call and response, adapted from Kidding Around Yoga’s “Sergeant Salutations”)
Namaste. Reindeer fly up. Santa comes down.
Ragdoll. Ragdoll.
Jumping backwards. Plank pose.
Down dog. Up dog.
Jumping forward. Ragdoll.
Reindeer fly up. Namaste.

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 – 12 Days of Christmas by Jane Cabrera
Partridge in a pear tree – vrkshasana/tree pose (switch sides each verse)
Drumming dogs – drum on legs
Cats – cat pose
Mice – child’s pose/balasana
Stars – star
Bears – gorilla pose
Skiing – Utkatasana/chair pose
Elves baking – horse stance, stirring the batter
Foxes sledding – Dandasana/ staff pose
Snowmen Singing – Tadasana/mountain pose, singing
Reindeer – Virabhadrasana I/ Warrior I (switch sides each verse)
Penguin skating – Dancer/Natarajasana

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (for Solstice)
5-pointed star pose – twinkle your star by touching one hand to the opposite foot and repeating on the other side. For more fun, give each child glow sticks for each hand and turn out the lights to watch the stars twinkle.  
Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the sky so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.
For more fun with older kiddos, you can have the kids balance on one leg and then the other in star pose instead of “twinkling.” If they fall over, that’s ok; then they’re falling stars!

Song – Kidding Around Yoga’s “This Little Light of Mine” (for Kwanzaa and Hanukkah’s candle lighting rituals)

Breathing ball

Savasana
This was a guided savasana. We imagined we were in a magical winter forest, where the sun was shining, making the snow sparkle. The air was crisp and clean and smelled like pine trees. As we went deeper into the forest, we entered a magical grove. Imagine someone or something very important to you is there. It could be your mom or dad, or a friend, or a pet, or a magical creature, like a fairy or wizard. You sit down to talk. You tell this person what you wish for most in this whole world for the upcoming year. Hold on to that wish, and set that as your intention for next year.  (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

Snowflake mandala coloring (painting with epsom salts and water like this)

Namaste!

 

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