Where did 2018 go? This year seemed a whirlwind of classes and workshops for me, and as a result the blog posts have taken a backseat. My New Year's resolution is to communicate with you more via the blog; sharing ideas with you on how to bring yoga to the kids in your life. To start off, how about a fun yoga "class" you can do with your kids (at home or school) to ring in 2019.
This yoga activity is based on the picture book, Squirrel's New Year's Resolution. This book can be found at the library or online and also can be viewed on YouTube. The story is optional. Enjoy!
Gathering Activity/Centering: Draw celebration pictures or cut small pieces of colored paper to use as confetti
Discussion: Resolutions are like setting a goal for yourself. Talk about setting goals or achieving something you worked for. You can set the task of listening for resolutions characters make in the story. After the story, revisit this discussion to see if anyone got any ideas from the story, i.e. "to help someone everyday".
Asana/Poses: *The idea is to have poses that match animals/events from the story* 1. You can start with Bear Breath - inhale for five and exhale for five to settle in. 2. Skunk Spine Mover - this is cat/cow with a wiggle to shake your skunk tail. 3. Owl - stand on your tip toes and put arms out into a "T", you can move your arms and bend at hips as if looking around 4. Mole - upward dog with a different name, you can be the mole sticking his head up from the ground. 5. Garden Spot - Goddess Pose (wide legged squat) combined with a hop from side to side as if looking for the best place for your friend's garden. 6. Invent a pose: Porcupine - what would this pose look like 7. Bunny Breath - three quick inhales followed by a long exhale. 8. Savasana/lay quietly 9. Reflection - journal or draw a picture of the new year's resolution you made. You can share these or keep them private. Regardless, you can toss the confetti made earlier now to celebrate your practice.
I hope you enjoy this New Year's activity with the little or young yogis in your life. Please let me know what you think. :-)