A while ago, I did a Yoga Storytime alongside a co-worker. (I thought I posted about it already, but just realized I only had a draft of it!)
We had never done a Yoga Storytime before, so this was an expirement. Overall, it went really well! We had 12 kids in grades 1-3, and the program lasted 45 min. My co-worker and I both practice yoga, but neither of us are instructors. Therefore, the actual yoga in this program was pretty light. It was more of a movement storytime with some yogic principals infused.
We wanted to set a mood when the kids entered the program so we had instrumental music, dim lighting, and mood lamps. After everyone was settled on their yoga mat or towel, we gave a brief introduction and talked about breathing techniques. Throughout the program, we mentioned being mindful of nature and creatures around us and the importance of compassion.
In between the books, we used three songs from the CD “Dance for the Sun” by Kira Willey:
Dance for the Sun (Yoga Track)
Namaste Song (for this song, the kids laid on their backs and placed beanie babies on their stomachs to watch the rise and fall of their breath)
This idea came from my co-worker’s daughter! We called it “Yoga Combo.” Each kid was given two slips of paper, one with an adjective and one with an animal. They had to put the two together and create a new pose to go along with it. If they were willing, they could share the pose with the group and we would all do the new pose together! We all had so much fun with this.