“Shine” 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 – The Sun Dance by Bari Koral

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. 

We talked about letting our hearts shine, about letting ourselves see the beauty in everything around us and being happy.

Book – Shine by Patrick McDonnell
-Little Hoshi – Five pointed star
-Every night she would gaze at the twinkling stars – supine star pose, sit up and reach for the stars. Repeat the sit up motion.
-colorful coral – fish/matsyasana and crab walk
-minnows – salabhasana/locust pose, swim your arms and legs
-whale – cat/cow (pretend to use blowhole when in cat pose)
-“I want to shine” – turtle pose
-down to the murky bottom – forward fold/uttanasana
-close eyes and make a wish – sukhasana/crisscross apple sauce and close eyes, make wish
-pointed to her heart and shined – camel/ustrasana (the Care Bear Stare of yoga, ha!)
-swam up –  uttanasana to ardha uttanasana to tadasana/ forward fold to 1/2 way up to standing in mountain
-so many endless and exciting possibilities – bear twists. Standing twist from side to side swinging arms wide.

Song: “This Little Light of Mine” – Kidding Around Yoga
I passed around glow sticks for this song and turned off the lights so we could watch ourselves shine.

Star Breath – I used these stars from Omazing Kids yoga.

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

star mandala coloring page from Kids Magical Mandalas

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