“Apples” 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 

Halloween sun salutations
Hello, bats. Flap, flap, flap
Hello, worms. Squirm, squirm, squirm.
Place your hands on the floor. 1,2
And step back. 3,4
Lower your belly to the leaves on the floor.
Aoooo. howl at the moon so pale
Lift up to shake your werewolf tail
Bend your knees. Jump your feet up please.
Take a deep breath in
And feel the magic deep within.
Source: KidPowerment 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 – The Red Apple by Ferdinun Oral
rabbit – rabbit pose/ shasasangasana
tree – tree pose/vrksasana
mouse – balasana/ child’s pose
fox – table pose stretching one leg out behind like a tail
If the kiddos are older and you are comfortable, you can even try handstand/adho mukha vrksasana like fox does! You can use the wall to assist.
bear- doing gorilla pose,  walk up and down the mat
deep, happy sleep – savasana/final resting pose

We went apple picking. I printed the names of poses and hung them on the wall like an apple tree. The kids could pick an apple, and then we would learn the poses.
seed (child’s pose)
apple tree – tree/vrksasana
orchard of trees-  group tree pose
apple blossoms (flower pose)
buzzing bee breath I did not use the music for this, but it’s fun so I thought I would share it.
I used a lot of the poses from Kids Yoga Stories.

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Song: “Apple Tree” – Bari Koral and the Family Band

Hoberman Sphere breathing ball

Savasana This was a guided savasana. We thought about how beautiful the fall leaves are and how good apples taste. We then thought about being grateful for these things and all the bountiful goodness in our own lives.

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

Apple mandala coloring page

Namaste!

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