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Story Yoga

A few years back, I did a program where we put yoga moves to a story. I am going to bring that back and try to improve upon it a little bit. Think Cosmic Kids Yoga but a DIY version.

Here's what I've got planned:

  • Introduction/Benefits of yoga for kids (check out this link!)

  • Yoga helps children manage their anxiety through breathing and exercise.​

  • Helps to regulate emptions by helping them be in the moment.​

  • Boosts self-esteem by perfecting a pose and improving balance and flexibility.​

  • Yoga increases body awareness, learning how the body moves​

  • Improves concentration and memory by learning and memorizing.​

  • Develops strength and flexibility, which can reduce chance of injury.​

  • Yoga teaches discipline. ​

  • Demonstrating Simple Yoga Moves:

  • Mountain Pose​

  • Tree Pose​

  • Warrior I​

  • Standing Forward Bend​

  • Table Top​

  • Cat/Cow​

  • Plank​

  • Cobra​

  • Downward Dog​

  • Boat Pose

  • Read the story we are going to put to movement:

  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury

  • Adding Movements to our story:

  • Slowly we are going to tell the story with movement. Here's a sample of the movements I included with my story. You can add any movements you want.

We're going on a bear hunt​ --BEAR CLAWS

We're going to catch a big one.​ --ARMS WIDE

What a beautiful day!​ --HANDS ON HIPS/SHAKE HEAD

We're not scared.​

​Oh-oh! Grass!​ --HANDS UP TOGETHER

Long, wavy grass. ​--SWAY SIDE TO SIDE

We can't go over it.​ --DOWNWARD DOG

We can't go under it. ​ --COBRA

Oh, no! ​

We've got to go through it! ​--STAND

​Swishy swashy! Swishy swashy! Swishy swashy!​ -- LIFT ONE LEG SWING SIDE TO SIDE, THEN OTHER​

Something like this works best with stories that have repetition, especially stories with a lot of action verbs. This is a great way to incorporate exercise into your routine OR to incorporate books and reading to reluctant readers, in a way that is fun.

I'm trying this virtually, so we will see how it goes!

How'd it go:

Everything ran a lot smoother than I anticipated. I probably could have slowed down just a little but everyone seemed to follow along and besides, it’s more of a workout that way 😜. All in all, a success!

That's all for now!


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