Monthly Archives: August 2017

“The Napping House” Bedtime Yoga

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)
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 

Song: Mr. Eric’s “ Canon in D Major

Crown, Heart, Tail. I saw this when I observed a Kids Crave Yoga class. Ask the kids where their head or crown is. Then where is their heart. Then tail (or where their tail would be). Repeat. Shake up the order: Heart, tail, crown. Tail, tail, crown, heart. Go faster and faster, and then slow it down. I love that these movements correspond to the 1st, 4th, and 7th chakras.

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 Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood
bed – reverse table 
granny – gate/parighasana to the right
child – gate/parighasnana to the left
dog – puppy pose/anahatasana
cat – cat/cow
mouse – child’s pose/balasana
flea – dead bug. Wiggle arms and legs when the flea bites the mouse.

If the kids are into it, repeat all the poses everytime you say the animals/people.

Toe-ga – I tossed out “fleas” (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.”We put all the little fleas back to bed so they couldn’t wake anyone else up.

Forward folds
Forward folds are very calming and grounding. Here we moved from standing to sitting to folding in ourselves for even more of a centering effect.
baddha konasana with fold

Song: Kira Willey’s “When You Sleep” 

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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“Babywearing Dance” little ones event

August is a notoriously slow month because kids in Colorado go back to school so early – August 9th this year! I decided to hold an event more for moms and the really little kids not going to school. Many moms got very excited about the babywearing dance event, but our attendance was really poor. The moms that came had a blast though! They asked for a weekly event. If we can get a following, I would love to do so! Special thanks to Super Jes Schultz for teaching her Lady Gaga routine.


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