“Fish” yoga storytime


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)

Are you Ready for Yoga? 
Are you ready for yoga?
If you’re ready, then stomp your feet
Stomp your feet and make some noise.
Let’s stomp our feet and make some noise
And do it really fast
Then stop. Stretch your feet up, up, up
And down.
Repeat with arms then both. 
Source: Next Generation Yoga at the National Kids Yoga Conference

Sun Salutations
I used these sun salutations from Yoga Games for Children as posted by Breathe. Flow. Grow. 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 – Swallow the Leader : a Counting Book by Danna Smith
1 fish – fish pose/matsyasana
2 fish – Lie in hollow body or banana. Splash arms and legs.
3 fish – Crab walk.
4 fish – rabbit pose/shasangasana. Rise when you blow like a whale.
5 fishfive pointed star for a ray
6 fish – blowfish – Take deep breaths in and out.
7 fish – shark – locust post, shalabasana with hands in prayer position overhead like a dorsal fin
 8 fish – seahorse – Sit in dandasana. Slowly move your legs to walk, then faster to trot, and faster to gallop. Roll back and then up to seated for “WHOA!” This is similar to “Walkin’ Ol’ Joe.”
9 fishturtle pose
Repeat all the poses as you count back down.
On the burp, roll backwards and try to come to standing on your mat without using your hands.

I tossed out “fish food” (a bag of pompoms) around the room and had the kids collect the pompoms with their toes and place them into bowls. Normally, this game is called “toe-ga.”

Song: Kidding Around Yoga’s “A Yogi Went to Sea

Hoberman Sphere Breathing Ball


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

I didn’t offer a craft this time, but I did give each participant a “yoga fish” (fortune teller fish). The fish “bend” into poses!


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