Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Finger Felt Puppets - Animals for Yoga Kiddos

Amber gave Grace these little felt finger puppets made in Mongolia for Christmas last year.  We are going to use those finger puppets in Yoga Kiddos at Wesley MDO program on Thursday.  We've lost one of them, so only going to use 9 little puppets.

One of the puppets is Santa Claus, so that should be an interesting yoga pose to do!

hoo hoo hoo~!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Animal figurines

Went to one of my favorite stores in Ponca City, Oklahoma.  Brace Books and More.  Plus I used to work there on the weekends, when I worked at Conoco as a computer scientist.

Bought these little baby animal figurines.  I "figure" (ha) that I can use these minature animals shapes to do animal yoga with the kiddos at Mothers Day Out program at the church. 

Just another way to do yoga.  We did yoga with the felt animal shapes, that were A to Z earlier in the summer and that went well.

When the kids see me, they ask, "Are we going to do yoga story time?"  Yeah, this upcoming Thursday!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Brown Bear, Brown Bear....Let's do Yoga!

Let's do YogaKiddos on Thursday at Mother's Day Out with the 4 & 5 year olds with the "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you See? " book!  It will be fun to go through the book and do the yoga poses of the animals!

I didn't know that there were other elements to the book, until I was looking for a graphic today.

We'll be doing of course, Brown Bear, Red Bird, Yellow Good, Blue Horse, Green Frog, Purple Cat, White Dog, Black Sheep, Gold Goldfish, a Teacher and Children in the class!  It is lots of fun.  See you Thursday!

Friday, September 3, 2010

When we went to the Zoo - by Jan Ormerod

I taught Yoga Kiddos today at Grace's Mothers Day Program at Wesley UMC.  I used the book,
When we went to the Zoo by Jan Ormerod.

Next time I teach, I'll need to start at a later time, and only go for 20-30 minutes.  Lots of wiggly bathroom going kiddos.  But I think the kiddos enjoyed it!  I'll be looking for donations of yoga mats, as I need more for 20 or so kids.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Yoga Story Time with Alfred's Alphabet Walk by Victoria Chess

Introducing, Victoria Chess's, "Alfred's Alphabet Walk Book".  Alfred's mom wants him to learn his alphabet, but Alfred hid his ABC book.  He goes for a walk and encounters all things from A to Z.

"Alfred walked on and came to a grove to Quince trees. A Quarrelsome Queen bee came buzzing by, so he did not pick any Quinces."

The yoga poses you could do with your youth, *just* from this page could be:
  • Tree
  • Queen (plough) Pose
  • Bee Breath
  • Quinces (pretending to eat a quince)
How cool is that?  Another book for you to hunt up and use in your yoga childrens class!

Click here to find this book on Amazon!

Kids will love this book!   Gaileee

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Another good book for use in childrens yoga class!

Another great book to use in your childrens yoga class.  Albert B. Cub & Zebra, an alphabet storybook by Anne Rockwell.  Copyright 1977.

As another reviewer aptly put, "This deceptively simple alphabet story is really an ABC book/ wordless mystery story/puzzle combined. It is the story of Albert B. Cub in search of his friend Zebra. The whimsical illustrations take the reader around the globe, featuring images of things that begin with the letter dedicated to the page. Younger readers and sharp-eyed older readers, as well as adults, will enjoy naming all the items on the page that begin with the letter B, and the rest."

The possibilities with this book is endless!  There are so many different things on each page related to various yoga poses.

For example, the letter "D"; one could lead the children to do:
  • Dancer Pose
  • Dog
  • Doll (Ragdoll)
  • Duck
and some poses not related to the letter "D":
  • Star
  • Sunflowers
  • Moon
  • Chair
Here is the author's website if you'd like to acquire one of your own for your childrens yoga library!

Lovely book!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Who Can Moo? Animal Yoga for Children with Gaileee

"Who Says Moo?" by Ruth Young, Illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst.

Did Children's Animal Yoga with Grace with the "Who Says Moo?" book today.  We acted out the following animals:

  • Cow
  • Mouse
  • Bird
  • Hedgehog
  • Giraffe
  • Pig
  • Brown Bear
  • Chick
  • Duck
  • Camel
  • Horse
  • Turtle
  • Monkey
  • Snake
  • Zebra
  • Leopard
  • Hippo
  • Rabbit
  • LadyBug
  • Fish
  • Polar Bear
  • Whale
  • Frog
  • Bat
There is a summary page at the end of the book, and you can ask questions like:  What animals fly?  What animals like the water?  What animals like the mud.  What creatures fly?  What creatures are green?  What animals can you ride?  What animals have green heads?  What creature is the largest?  What creature is the smallest?  What creatures are grey? 

Lots of opportunities to ask questions, do Animal Yoga and have lots of fun!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Yoga Story Time!

Over the Meadow by Jan Thornhill. Book about introducing young children to counting, to rhyming, and to animal babies.
About the book:
Description: Everyday objects become a magical world when Jan Thornhill brings her trademark ingenuity and stunning artwork to a well-loved 19th-century rhyme. A forest of broccoli, a beaver dam of pretzels, a dragonfly with paper-clip wings -- who would have thought twist-ties and garden gloves could be so delightful? Young readers learn about counting, rhyming, and nature as they pick out everyday objects from ingenious, digitally enhanced illustrations. Pages at the end of the book show the original elements used in the creation of the images, encouraging readers to go back and play "I spy." The lyrical, singsong cadence of Olive Wadsworth's classic rhyme makes this a perfect story for reading aloud.

Alphabestiary - Animal Poems from A to Z selected by Jane Yolen, and illustrated by Allan Eitzen. Kookaburra, Kaffier Cat, Piggy, Peacock, Panther, Umbrella Bird, Unicorn, and Ha....Hyleborus and Xiphias Gladius ( a kind of a swordfish) Now wouldn't that be interesting mini yogini yoga poses??? Letter Z is Zemmi, Zebu and of course Zebra.

From the Book Jacket:  Make friends with the firefly, frog, and fish. Greet the grasshopper, ground hog, and gazelle. Welcome the warbler, water beetle, and wasp. All manner of animals-from A to Z-are happily heralded in this engaging collection of poems for children selected by award-winning author Jane Yolen. Bold and playful illustrations by artist Allan Eitzen capture the essence of each poem that portrays the beauty, peculiarity, or humor of creatures great and small.

Who Says Moo? By Ruth Young, illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst. Another one geared toward the little ones. Lovely artwork and questions like...Who runs fast (horse) Who goes slow? (turtle), Who can hold on by her toe? (monkey or gorilla...?)

Book Review Says: A rhyming book about the animal kingdom, children can match sounds and clues to pictures of all kinds of creatures, great and small. The text is designed to ask questions about differences in the appearance and characteristics of animals and the noises they make.

Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. This one would be a short one, but has lovely illustrations and lots of little forest animal creatures. Bear is going to the swimming hole, but first he must find his friends.

Summary: Someone seems to be hiding from Bear and his friends! Who is it? There's a clatter in the tree and a scamper through the woods. Who is making all that noise? "WHO??" calls Bear. "Who is it, I say?" But no one responds.
Young readers will share Bear and his friends' surprise and delight when the mysterious stranger finally emerges -- and a new FRIENDSHIP begins!

These are going to be great story time yoga kiddos books!


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Noah's Ark ABC Yoga for Children by Gaileee

This past week at Vacation Bible School, I did Noah's Ark ABC Yoga for Children.
For the Pre-Kindergarten group, I read and had the children demonstrate the animals from
"Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See" book, Bill Martin, Jr (the author) and Eric Carle (the illustrator) of this book.  

This was a book suggested and class demonstrated by Shana Meyerson, of the "mini yogis" Teacher Training, that I took back in May.  It worked out very well.  I'm glad I had lots of assistants though, as over 12 kiddos is hard to manage.

For the older groups of children (Kinder and 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders), I did the Galactic Blast VBS Bible verse, but before we blasted off into our rocket ship, we had to gather the Earth's animals onto the ship, just like in the olden times with Noah and the ark.  

We did yoga poses for the 26 different ABC animals.  Ever try to do a pose for an armadillo?

Or  for a Vicuna?  (Cousin of the Llama.)

Kiddos had a great time, hope to get some photos to share later on of the event.  Again, glad to have lots of assistants.  We when finished our pose, it was criss cross applesause, back to our yoga mat!



Saturday, March 20, 2010

Yoga Kit for Kids - Slide Show - Review

Grace loves copying the poses from the cards from the Yoga Kit for Kids.  Here is a slide show of the poses from Yoga Kit for Kids.  Love it!

Friday, March 12, 2010

ABC's of Yoga for Kids Book Review

ABC's of Yoga for Kids - Book Review.  Author - Teresa Anne Power, Editor - Brookes Nohlgren and Illustrator - Kathleen Rietz.   You can find your copy at this website.

A. Alligator:

Grace really likes to follow either cards or books about yoga.  She really only has hit it off with one yoga dvd, and that was when they went through the alphabet.  But, hey, she is 3, turning 4.

B. Boat: (Look at that smile on her face!)

 B. Boat from the book.
Here she is doing some of the poses from the book, "ABC's of Yoga for Kids".  A rather new book, nice verbage around the different poses, and lots of variety in the poses.  Lovely illustration too!

B. Butterfly.
C. Cat with her "tail" in the air....

Really a lovely book!  Now I want the color book, because she likes to color, marker, paint and I'd like to see what she does with this, as it is a posture and a color opportunity.  Gaileee

Friday, March 5, 2010

Shanti Generation - Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers - Review

Not only is this an excellent yoga dvd for teen yoga students, this is excellent for anyone new to yoga, who wants great demonstration of the poses, excellent verbal cuing of the "getting into the poses", and good information on protecting your body, keep it from harm when doing poses (which is essential, and missing from a LOT of yoga dvds these days).

Some of the features of this DVD, I found to be very unique.
  1. In the section labeled Library of Poses, you can choose three different sets of poses to do.  A Focus, Energy & Calm section.  Poses to enhance those different types of yoga energy.  I like how the poses in the Focus section had a yellow green background, and in the Energy section a beautiful sun like orange-yellow background, and in the Calm section a cool blue background.  Very appropriate for each set of poses that you go through.
  2. Choose your Path section of the DVD, are 5 vinyettes of yoga poses, approximately 30 minutes in length.  The different paths are: Creating Happiness, Energy Amplified, Choosing Peace, Being Sound and Voice Choice Possibilities.  As is says on the DVD cover, 5 unique half-hour practice sequences integrating breathing exercises, poses for strength, flexibility and balance, relaxation poses and meditation.
  3. Breathing Room section of the DVD, has 5 different breathing exercises that one can practice.
  4. The Self Connection room  has two wonderful mindful relaxation and awareness practices also!
Abby Wills, does a wonderful job introducing each section, and there is a fun section where there are little mini interviews with the teens who are doing the yoga demonstrations.

Excellent all around!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Rainbow Kids Yoga Workshop at the Texas Yoga Conference - Wow!

At the Texas Yoga Conference, I took Gopala's Rainbow Kids Yoga workshop.  Wow!

What fun that was.  It was setup in a Family Yoga format, where parents and kiddos participated.

We formed a circle, and if my memory presents it self correctly, we started with the scarf circle.  Each person took a scarf, and Gopala took the red scarf.  The one with the red scarf, well, we were to imitate whatever he/she did, and then the person with the scarf, on the the count of 3-2-1, we'd throw the scarf in the air to the person to the right of us.  Then the next person who had the scarf did some type of action, and we copied it.

Talk about a major cardio yoga session....those kids and parents were really creative with their scarves!  This actually took about 30 minutes to do.  I was sweating a lot, as were other people.  The kiddos really had a sense of gladness and delight on their faces.

Our second set of activities were set in the land of Egypt.  We did a magic carpet ride with our yoga mats, rode horses, camels, giraffes, and build a human pyramid.  Each child took a turn with the kinq/queen Eqyptian hat, and picked an activity based on the Eqypt story.  We even morphed to the moon in a rocket ship and created alien yoga creatures through our adventure story.

For the Horse, Camel poses, Gopala had us doing partner poses to accomplish these style of poses.  He also teaches partner yoga, so he uses his yoga poses from kids to partner styles to create a fun family yoga encounter!

I was next to Gopala, and Kimmie, from Yoginos of the Corpus Christie Yoga studio.  As a side note, Kimmie participates in the Kids yoga program that teaches yoga in English, Spanish and Sanskrit.  How neat is that?  She teaches out of Rockport, Texas.

Here are Janice and myself enjoying our sweaty bodies from all the workshops that we took.  What a wonderful put on conference.  Took many styles of yoga, picked up lots of things to try out on my students (watch out everybody!!).  Hope it is as good next year as this was!