“Be a Friend” yoga storytime

be a friend

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 Sargeant Salutations from Kidding Around Yoga.

Open the 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 – Be a Friend by Salina Yoon
Acting like a mime. Explain what a mime is and that they perform silently.
page after “acting out in scenes” – Pull an imaginary rope.
Act as if in a box. Lie on the ground and pretend to ride a bicycle. Get “shorter” as you “walk down the stairs”
show and tell – bird – warrior III/ virabhadrasana III
dinosaur – utkatasana/chair with T-rex arms
sunflower – flower pose
egg- balasana/child’s pose
caterpillar – shalabasna/locust pose
chrysalis – eagle/garudasana (modify for small children)
butterfly – baddha konasana
Dennis was happy to be a tree – tree pose/vrksasana

Since that was a lot of poses. I skipped poses for most of the rest of the book and just let them listen.

They LOVED the pretend teeter totter in the book so I made that into a partner pose.
teeter totter – partner assisted upavista konasana/wide-legged forward fold
variation – standing wide legged forward fold with hand clasp/ prasarita padottanasana
lizard on a rock –balasana/ urdhva dhanurasana variation

Song – “All I Wanna Do is Dance” – Kira Willey

Breathing Buddies
I used the library puppets and gave one to each child. We put the buddies on our tummies and watched them go up and down with our breath. then we lied down on our mats to use the breathing buddies with savasana.

Savasana This was a guided savasana. We thought about our friends, about how nice they were, about how we liked to play with them, and about how they made us laugh. We thought about our families we also our friends. Remember how to be a good friend to everyone.

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

Friendship Bracelets
I modified the activity. Each child received “beads” that were all the same color, but all they had to do was ask their friends nicely for the other colors for a lesson in sharing and meeting new friends.

Namaste!

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