Monthly Archives: May 2018

“Rooting for You” 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 

Song: “Growing Bigger” – Preschool of Rock

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 – Rooting for You by Susan Hood
I am not coming out – easy seated pose/sukhasana/crisscross applesauce
Safe and sound, down in the ground – child’s pose/balasana
one little shoot up – virasana/hero to kneeling
worm – locust/shalabasana with wiggles
spider – crabwalk along mat
Need me? –  malasana jumping to standing
rooting for you – bloom into flower pose

Song: “My Roots Go Down” – The Seedy Seeds
chorus – either tap the ground with hands or stomp with feet
Mountain – extended mountain
Willow – vrksasana/tree pose both sides
Flower – flower pose
Waterfall  – staff/dandasana like driving a car and forward fold/paschimottonasana like the water coming down

Hoberman Sphere Breathing Ball

Song: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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