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“Unpoppable” 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)

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 – Kira Willey – “The Shimmy

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 – Unpoppable by Tim Hopgood
Standing on the balloon – Stand on 1 leg, then the other
Tree – tree pose/ vrksasana
Dance among the aerials – dancer/ natarajasana
Chimney – extended mountain pose/ urdhva hastasana
owl – seated twists, saying “whoo” like an owl on each side
stars – star pose, standing side stretch on each side for around the moon,
unpoppable falling back to earth – standing forward fold/ uttanasana

Parachute activity
We put a handful of pompoms on the parachute. First we tried to keep the pompoms on the parachute, and then we tried to bounce the pompom off.

Balloon Breath
We talked about how like the unpoppable in the story, we are filled with light and color and creativity inside of us. Sometimes when we are mad or sad, we don’t feel very filled with light, but we can use our balloon breath to fill us back up and make us unpoppable again.

This was a guided savasana. We imagined we were floating like a balloon, over the trees, next to birds, through the clouds, into the stars. We felt light and free and unpoppable. (60 second meditation).

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

Hot air balloon craft
We made ours into gratitude balloons. Every day, draw or write something that makes you happy. Put that item in the basket of the hot air balloon.



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