“Tortoise and the Hare” 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 

Sun Salutations
I use a call and response version of Sergeant Salutations from Kidding Around Yoga. I canged the lyrics for this one to say, “Bunnies hop up. Turtles slow down.”

Song: Kira Willey’s “Stop and Go

Book – Hurry Up and Slow Down! by Layn Marlow
Hare in a hurry
– hopping up and down
Tortoise sleeps lateturtle pose then stretch when waking up
Cross the stream – paschimottonanasana/ seated forward fold
Bunny chasing a butterfly –  baddha konasana/bound angle pose
Tic Tac Toe – five pointed star pose and toe balance (without the half lotus) like x’s and o’s
Open the Book while the turtle is reading –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. 

Bean Bag Experiment
Stand on one side of the room. Place the bean bag on your head, and drop your hands by your sides. Try to run to the other side of the room, keeping the bean bag on your head (without touching it). Then place the bean bag on your head, and walk slowly across the room. Explain how when our movements are slow and mindful that it is easier to maintain balance. 

Song: “Slow and Fast” – Hap Palmer

Hoberman Sphere breathing ball

Savasana This was a guided savasana. We thought about how sometimes we move so fast adn hope around like the hare, but that it’s ok

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

Floating Turtle Craft

Namaste!

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