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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!”

 

Yoga Storytime Theme: Poetry

16 Jul

Yoga Storytime Theme- PoetrySun 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: April is National Poetry Month – there are some amazing picture books that are actually poems!  Don’t be afraid to introduce your little one to poetry – it can be so much fun!

Book 1: 17 Kings and 42 Elephants by Margaret Mahy

Yoga Poses: Balance (Frog, Gate, Giraffe, Flamingo, Tree, Chair)*

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: In the Sea by David Elliott

Yoga Poses: Balance (Frog, Gate, Giraffe, Flamingo, Tree, Chair)*

Book 3: Me I Am! By Jack Prelutsky

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

Additional Book Selections:

  • Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman
  • Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems by Paul B. Janeczko
  • Salsa by Jorge Argueta
  • Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth
  • A Leaf Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas
  • When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano
  • Step Gently Out by Helen Frost

*Yoga Poses taken from: Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children by Lisa Flynn

Blogging A to Z: Yoga

29 Apr

Letter Y

During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge.  My theme for the month is Storytime Plans From A to Z.  Each plan will have eight stories as well as four songs, fingerplays or rhymes to match the theme!  As you can see, I’ll try and attribute where I found all of this fun (and often you can find it in multiple places).  My goal is to make storytime planning a little easier on myself in the future and to make storytime planning for other librarians easy as well!

Booklist:

  1. Babar’s Yoga for Elephants by Laurent de Brunhoff
  2. The ABCs of Yoga for Kids by Teresa Anne Power
  3. You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo
  4. My Daddy is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids by Baron Baptiste
  5. I Am Yoga by Susan Verde
  6. Little Yoga by Rebecca Whitford
  7. Stretch by Doreen Cronin
  8. Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story by Mariam Gates

Planning Resources:

Itsy Bitsy Yoga: Poses to Help You Baby Sleep Longer, Digest Better, and Grow Stronger by Helen Garabedian

Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers: 8-Minute Routines to Help Your ChildGrow Smarter, Be Happier, and Behave Better by Helen Garabedian

Storytime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story by Sydney Solis

Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children by Lisa Flynn

Bonus! Book Review & Resource

15 Jan

23531317.jpgI thought that I Am Yoga was done in the best possible way!  The text is beautiful and the illustrations are gorgeous with washes of color and poses that kids will be able to do at home with their families.  Susan Verde took the essence of yoga and distilled in a way that makes sense to children – easy to understand and yet still so powerful.  And I couldn’t think of a better illustrator than Peter H. Reynolds, author and illustrator of The Dot to illustrate this story with beautiful, vibrant colors and simple pen sketches.  I can’t wait to use this in my yoga storytime – the kids are going to love it!

The other part of this book review I want to share with you is that Emily Arrow, singer and songwriter has done a beautiful song with lyrics based on the story.  She might have one of the coolest jobs in the world as a kidlit singer/songwriter!  I think I now have a new inspiration for finally learning to play my ukulele.  And she has done absolutely adorable songs for a number of children’s books.  The best news of all is that her first album will be debuting in February and you can pre-order it now!  And yes, I can attest that her songs are just as cute as they sound and would make perfect additions to any storytime!

So definitely check out I Am Yoga written by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds and check out Emily Arrow’s song based on the book!

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