“Mindfulness” 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
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I used these sun salutations from Yoga Games for Children as posted by Breathe. Flow. Grow. Yoga. 

We talked about mindfulness. Mindfulness is paying attention to something. For adults, mindfulness is paying attention on purpose, without judgment.

Song: “Stop and Go” – Kira Willey

Book – Wait by Antoinette Portis
dog – puppy pose/anahatasana
cement mixer – standing forward fold/uttanasana
duck – malasana, flap arms and quack
ice cream – ask each child what scoop they would put on their ice cream cone. “Build” a cone and add each child’s choice to the top. Stretch taller with each addition.
fish – salabhasana/locust pose, swim your arms and legs
butterfly – baddha konasana, flap your butterfly wings
running to the train – run in place
rainbow – either downward dog/adho mukha svanasana OR urdhva dhanurasana/wheel, depending on the abilities of the kids

Song: “Listen and Move” – Greg and Steve

Mindfulness Exercise
I read about this in an article for yoga for children with special needs. It’s similar to an exercise I have done with bean bags. For the bean bag activity, tell the children to place a bean bag on their heads and run across the room, keeping the bean bag on their heads without holding on to it with their hands. It’s almost impossible. But if you walk slowly and mindfully, you can balance the bean bag on your head with less difficulty. This activity was similar but uses bells. Give the children a bell. Have them walk across the room with their bells. Their bells probably ring. Have them walk slowly and mindfully, trying to get the bells to stay quiet.

Hoberman Sphere Breathing Ball

Savasana 

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

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