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Partnering with Girl Scouts

5 Dec

1200px-Girl_Scouts_of_the_USA.svgLast night I got to hang out with some awesome seven and eight year old Girl Scouts to work on a yoga badge. I offered storytime yoga for a number of years as a children’s librarian and the troop leaders asked if I could help them out.


I wanted to focus on empowerment and body image and strength (all things that coincide with yoga really nicely). So here’s what we did:

Sun Salutations


Read aloud: One by Kathryn Otoshi


Discussed the story and talked about what makes us feel strong and what we’re good at doing and being.

Strength Poses:

  • Mountain Pose
  • Warrior I
  • Warrior II
  • Warrior III
  • Mountain Pose
  • (repeat for balance)


Read aloud: Zero by Kathryn Otoshi


Discussed what we like most about ourselves and what makes us awesome

Relaxation Poses:

  • Bridge
  • Happy Baby
  • Pull Right/Left Knee to Chest
  • Deep Breathing with quiet music


Although the kids had a TON of energy, I hope they got a little something out of fun program – about what it takes to strong, kind and classy woman!


Picture Book Month: Grandparents

23 Nov


This is the sweet story of Mei Mei and her beloved Gong Gong (or grandfather). Gong Gong is practicing tai chi in the garden one day when Mei Mei asks to join in, but Mei Mei’s high energy isn’t exactly suited for clam and quiet Tai Chi. But, them Mei Mei teaches Gong Gong a few yoga poses – and old grandfather can’t do the poses exactly right. In the end, this is the story of a grandfather and granddaughter learning from each other and spending time together. Sylvia Liu won the Lee & Low New Voices Award for this manuscript and you can definitely see why in this beautiful story!

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Teens, Stress & Anxiety

13 Oct

I just recently read an article in The New York Times about the number of teens who are experiencing severe anxiety. And my first thought, was how horrible that so many young people have to deal with what can be a debilitating disorder, but also what can we do, as a library, to help.

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Girl Scout Visit – Yoga

2 Mar

I had a visit from a Girl Scout troop this week and was requested to provide a short yoga/book program for the girls. I was well-prepared and created an entire lesson plan the week before, but about an hour before the girls came, I switched everything up and I’m so glad I did!

Here’s what we did:

First, I talked with the girls about yoga and asked them to share what they already knew. This helps me better understand the group and it gives the girls a chance to talk with me instead of just having me lecture them.

What Is Yoga?

  • Originated in Ancient India
  • Longest surviving practices of holistic health care
  • Came to America in the late 1800s
  • Practiced worldwide by all cultures and religions
  • Translated from Sanskrit means “to unite”
  • Connecting the whole self – body, mind and spirit

Benefits of Yoga

  • Healthy body – stretching, improves digestion, increase circulation, motor development, relaxes the body
  • Healthy Mind – reduces stress, expands imagination, calms and clears the mind, increases concentration, and relives tension

Caution – If it hurts, stop doing it!

After our conversation, we started working on breathing. I stressed that yoga is useful for when you feel stressed or have too many thoughts in your brain or if you body wants to keep moving , but you have to be still or if you’re really angry – you can use yoga to calm yourself down.

We started with a few breathing exercises from Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children by Lisa Flynn.

  • Conductor Breath
  • Bumblebee Bee Breath
  • Lion’s Breath

Then I read, You Are a Lion and Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo and we practiced each pose as we came to it in the book, guessing what animal it would be.

After our story we did a few sun salutations – the girls were really receptive to breathing at the right times and really trying their best, especially when we got to the plank pose and had to engage our core muscles.

Then we settled down and I read, I Am Yoga by Susan Verde – a beautiful story with a female protagonist as she learns how to use yoga to improve her imagination and understand where she fits in.

Then we used Emily Arrow’s song based on I Am Yoga and went back through the story and did all the poses with the pictures. The girls loved the balancing poses the best and did such a great job!

Finally, we did a few calming poses and a gratitude meditation from the same book, Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children by Lisa Flynn.

The girls did a great job and I think they had a lot of fun and many of the parents were very thankful as well and thought that yoga is a missed opportunity in the school system. I think teaching kids to be able to identify their feelings and mediate those feelings are two concepts that are needed more than ever as kids are feeling a lot of pressure from their parents, peers and themselves. Maybe meditation and yoga could help!

Yoga Storytime Theme: Frogs & Toads for the Kid Lit Blog Hop

20 Jul

Yoga Storytime Theme- Frogs & Toads

Sun Salutations: Mountain, Reach Up, Touch the Ground, Hands at Knees (flat back), Plank Pose, Cobra Pose, Downward Facing Dog, Walk toward Hands. (Repeat 3x)

Early Literacy Tip: Rhyming books are awesome to share with kids, especially when they can start figuring out the rhymes themselves!

Book 1: A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson

Yoga Poses: Core (Butterfly, Flower, Ball, Boat, Crab, Shark)

Wiggles:See the Little Bunny Sleeping

See the little bunnies sleeping
til it’s nearly noon
Come and let us gently wake them
with a merry tune
Oh, how still.
Are they ill?
Wake up soon!
Hop little bunnies,
hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies,
hope, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies,
hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies,
hope, hop, hop

Book 2: McToad Mows Tiny Island by Tom Angleberger

Yoga Poses: Core (Butterfly, Flower, Ball, Boat, Crab, Shark) (repeat from above)

Book 3: Daytime Nightime by William Low

Cool Down: Easy Pose, Bumble Bee Breath, Crescent Moon, Sprinkler, Sandwich Pose, Child’s Pose, Starfish Pose/Deep Breaths (with Beanie Babies)

KLBH-Button-FINAL-386x386Today I’m participating in the Kid Lit Blog Hop hosted by Reading Authors.  “This exciting, monthly hop, is where we develop an engaged group of people who love everything that has to do with children’s literature. Everyone is welcome to join us: bloggers, authors, publicist, and publishers!”


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