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“My Tail’s Not Tired” bedtime 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)
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 

Sleeping Bunnies
See the little bunnies sleeping
Til it’s nearly noon?
Shall we wake them with a merry tune?
Oh so still
Are they ill?
Wake up, little bunnies!
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop, little bunnies, ‘til I say stop
Source: Russ (The original is not his, but I love his extra verses.)

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 – Even Monsters Need to Sleep by Lisa Wheeler
-Boing/jump – Chair pose/ utkatasana and jump
-bottom wiggle – downward facing dog/adho mukha svanasana with wiggle
-tail – gate pose/ parighasana swinging from one side to other
– roly poly back – rock n roll pose
-voice/roar – lion’s breath/simhasana – Not too many; lion’s breath is VERY warming and energizing!
– fly like jet plane – warrior III/virabhadrasana III both sides

 

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.
– uttanasana
– paschimottanasana
– baddha konasana with fold

Savasana
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

Namaste!

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“Gratitude” 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: “Tick Tock Yoga Clock” – Karma Kids Yoga

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 – Thank You, Bees by Toni Yuly
Sun – extended mountain/uttitha hasta tadasana
Thank you – For all the thanks, we bring our hands to our hearts in anjali mudra and bow while saying thank you.
bee – bumble bee breath
Sheep – downward facing dog/ adho mukha svanasana with kicks in the air
Clouds – start standing and forward fold/uttanasana, making sounds like rain
Tree – tree pose/vrksasana both sides
Dirt – flower pose
Earth – child’s pose/balasana

Song: Kidding Around Yoga’s “If You’re Happy and You Know It” Because expressing gratitude actually changes our brains to be happier! Or if you’re using this for Thanksgiving, check out the “Gobble  Gobble Turkey Wobble” song by KooKoo Kanga Roo!

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

Gratitude Trees from No Time for Flash Cards

Namaste!

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“Even Monsters Need to Sleep” bedtime 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)
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 

Sun Salutations – Halloween version from KidPowerment Yoga
Hello, bats. Flap, flap, flap
Hello, worms. Squirm, squirm, squirm.
Place your hands on the floor. 1,2
And step back. 3,4
Lower your belly to the leaves on the floor.
Aoooo. howl at the moon so pale
Lift up to shake your werewolf tail
Bend your knees. Jump your feet up please.
Take a deep breath in
And feel the magic deep within.
Check out our video!

Song: Wee Sing’s “The Bats are All Asleep
cat – cat pose/marjariasana
ghosts – virabhadrasaba III/Warrior III
witches – warrior II/virabhadrasana II
skeleton – goddess/utkata konasana
goblin – malasana/garland

 

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 – Even Monsters Need to Sleep by Lisa Wheeler
Bigfoot – tree/vrkshasana
aliens – UFO= child’s pose/balasana
dragon – lion’s breath/simhasana – Not too many; lion’s breath is VERY energizing!
Frankenstein – soldier kicks
yeti – bear crawls
troll – bridge/setu bandha sarvangasana
Lochness monster – balancing table pose  Long neck and tail like Nessie
giant – 5 pointed star

 

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.
uttanasana
paschimottanasana
baddha konasana with fold

Savasana
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

Namaste!

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“Now” 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 – I use a call and response version of Sargeant Salutations from Kidding Around Yoga. 

Song: “Tick Tock Yoga Clock” – Karma Kids Yoga

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 – Shine by Patrick McDonnell
-breeze – bear twists
– leaf – wide legged standing forward fold/prasarita padottonasana, like a leaf falling
dig a hold – pretend to dig a hole. Ask the kids what they see in the hole.
-worm – salabhasana/locust pose, swim your arms and legs
-cloud – bridge/setu bandha sarvangasana. Ask the kids what they see in the clouds.
-rain- seated forward fold/paschimottanasana.
– boat – paripurna navasana/boat Sing “Row your Boat” while in this pose.
– tree- vrksasana
– smell – balloon breath
– song – robin’s breath
– gulp/bite – dynamic child’s pose/bhaktasana. Forward for bite/back for gulp.
– smile – smile
hug- hug and kisses
-moon – seated side bends

Rockin’ Yogis” – Shakta Kaur Khalsa 

Belly Breathing

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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“Breathe” bedtime 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)
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: Sarah Pirlte’s “My Roots Go Down” 
rootshero/virasana,  leaning forward and tapping the floor
pinetree on a mountainsidemountain/tadasana
willow – tree/vrksasana
flowerflower pose
waterfall – seated forward fold/paschimottonasana Inhale arms up. Exhale and let the “water” cascade to the ground. Repeat 3 times.

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 – Breathe by Scott Magoon
breathe – belly breaths
play all day- crabwalk to the front and back, then crabwalk to the middle and high five    each other with feet
swim – locust/shalabasana
dive – forward fold/uttanasana
explore– simple seated twists
swim – cat/cow (like a whale spurting out of the blowhole)
listen – neck stretches like listening to the sea
sing – let heart sing in camel/ustrasana
Breathe – bear walk
But fear not – pause in bear walk
Find another way up – reverse swan dive to tadasana
love and be loved – anjali mudra

Wolf howling at the moon – urdhva mukha svanasana/upward facing dog with howling
Rock a bye baby
Kissy Knee
baddha konasana/butterfly
bridge pose/ setu bandha sarvangasana 
happy baby/ ananda balasana

Balloon breaths

Savasana
Song: Kira Willey’sJust Be” 

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

Namaste!

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“Pass It On” 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: “The Shimmy” – Kira Willey

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
-rainbow – adho mukha svanasana/downward dog OR urdhva dhanurasana/wheel
-octopus – ananda balasana/happy baby
-monkey – Dance around like a monkey. Calm down in gorilla/padahastasana
-whale – salabhasana/locust pose, swim your arms and legs
-roller coaster- seated forward fold/paschimottanasana. Pretend to slowly go up the hill and then forward fold, hands in the air like a roller coaster
-elephant –  prasarita padottanasana, lifting arms like trunk and spraying like elephant on the way down
– tree- vrksasana
– happy moment fill you up – balloon breath

“Orange you Grateful” game from Kidding Around Yoga
Sit in a circle and pass a ball around using only your feet. If  the kids are old enough and/or coordinated enough, have them say something their grateful for every time they have the 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

Flowers to give away to someone you love

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“Go Sleep in Your Own Bed!” pajama 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)
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: Sarah Pirlte’s “My Roots Go Down” 
rootshero/virasana,  leaning forward and tapping the floor
pinetree on a mountainsidemountain/tadasana
willow – tree/vrksasana
flowerflower pose
waterfall – seated forward fold/paschimottonasana Inhale arms up. Exhale and let the “water” cascade to the ground. Repeat 3 times.

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 – Go Sleep in Your Own Bed by Candace Fleming
We played this almost like a “musical mats” game. For each animal, we moved onto the next mat. For example, when pig “toddled to his sty,” we rolled like pigs in the mud onto the mat to our left.
cow/cat – cat/cow Crawl like a heavy cow to the mat to your left.
chicken- malasana
horse – horse stance
sheep – table
dog– downward facing dog/adho mukha svanasana with goat kicks
cow/cat – cat/cow
curl up in bed – child’s pose/bhakasana

Wolf howling at the moon – urdhva mukha svanasana/upward facing dog with howling
Rock a bye baby
Kissy Knee
baddha konasana/butterfly
bridge pose/ setu bandha sarvangasana 
happy baby/ ananda balasana

Balloon breaths

Savasana
Song: Kira Willey’sWhen 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

Namaste!

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“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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“I Just Want to Say Goodnight” yoga bedtime 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: Sarah Pirlte’s “My Roots Go Down” 
rootshero/virasana,  leaning forward and tapping the floor
pinetree on a mountainsidemountain/tadasana
willow – tree/vrksasana
flowerflower pose
waterfall – seated forward fold/paschimottonasana Inhale arms up. Exhale and let the “water” cascade to the ground. Repeat 3 times.

Cookie Dough relaxation
I wasn’t sure how this would work because I could see the kids getting so excited about it that it would actually rile them up, versus calm them down.
Source: Kids Play Smarter

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 – I Just Want to Say Good Night by Rachel Isadora
Fish – locust pose/salabhasana
cat – cat/cow
bird – eagle/garudasana
goat – downward facing dog/adho mukha svanasana with goat kicks
monkey – gorilla pose/padahastasana
chicken- malasana
ants – table pose, march up and down your mat
dog – puppy pose/anhatasana
rock – child’s pose/bhakasana
book – seated, open arms wide like opening a book
moon – seated side bends

Goddess pose/ utkata konasana – Breathing in, stand up straight. Exhale into goddess x 3. Last one exhale into wide leg forward fold
Falling star
Kissy Knee
baddha konasana/butterfly
bridge pose/ setu bandha sarvangasana 
happy baby/ ananda balasana

Wishy Washer – Seated twists/ parivritta sukhasana with arms in cactus- Make sure the kids twist to the right first (mirror them) to aid in digestion before bed.
Tumble Dry

Savasana
Song: Kira Willey’sWhen 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

Namaste!

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“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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