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Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Tale of Three Trees Lesson Plan by Rachel Glowacki

Kids Holy Yoga Lesson Plan + The Tale of Three Trees
A Traditional Folktale retold by Angela Elwell Hunt
 "Adapted from THE TALE OF THREE TREES by Angela Elwell Hunt, 
published by Lion Publishing, all rights reserved." 
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Looking for an unique way to share the Easter message with your children that will increase their faith and literacy through their heart, mind, soul and strength? Well, look no further…

Kids Holy Yoga is proud to partner with Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt. With over four million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 125 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to non-fiction books, to novels.

We believe that God’s ideas and truths are best presented to kids through story, for our Creator is the most wonderful storyteller ever; which is why we are delighted to share The Tale of Three Trees brought to life through Kids Holy Yoga. The intersection of story and movement increase literacy and comprehension, so put your faith into action and move along to The Tale of Three Trees with us.

The Tale of Three Trees originator is unknown, but it is a timeless tale that reveals how our dreams and hopes have been planted in our hearts long ago and how over time, they actually come into fruition in mysterious and sometimes painful ways. This folktale is a beautiful story to help young and old see how forgotten and shattered dreams come to life more than we can ever ask, dream or imagine!

Bible Story/Verse/
Godly Principle

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Sometimes our hopes and dreams get shattered, so we think…

We are going to read “The Tale of THREE TREES: A TRADITIONAL FOLKTALE,” retold by Angela Elwell Hunt.

Simple Seated--Close your eyes and picture yourself sitting on a mountaintop. Breathe in and out slowly, as you dream about what you want to be when you grow up.

Read Story.

Mountain Pose--“Once upon a mountain top”

Forward Fold--Dream about what you want to be when you grow up

Reverse Swan Dive--3 times to represent the THREE TREES
Pose Series

Star Pose--The first little tree said--“I want to hold treasure.”

Boat Pose--The second little tree said--“I want to be a strong sailing ship.”

Tree Pose--The third little tree said--“I want to grow so tall.”

Mountain Climbers--“One day three woodcutters climbed the mountain.”

Child’s Pose
Cat/Cow/Donkey--The first tree was “filled with hay for hungry animals.”

Canoe Pose--The second tree was “ too small and too weak to sail an ocean.”

Plank Pose--The third tree was “confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumber yard.” What happened?

Are their dreams coming true right now? No.
But, many years later…

Happy Baby--“The first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.”

Boat Pose--“The second tree knew he was carrying the King of heaven and earth.”

Cross Pose--”The third tree knew that God’s love had changed everything.”
Cool Down

Seated Forward Fold--Breathe in and out slowly and think about the THREE TREES.

Knees to Chest--Wrap your arms around your shins and give yourself a big hug.

Gentle Spinal Twist--Know that wherever you turn God is with you making your dreams come true.

Bedtime Pose--Relax your whole body like you are resting to go to sleep. Close your eyes and breathe in and breathe out. Think about the dreams of the trees and how their dreams came true. God plants dreams in our hearts and sometimes the way our dreams come true, don’t always go as we plan. But--“It made the first tree beautiful. It made the second tree strong. And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God.”

Simple Seated--“That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.”

Picture book of “The Tale of THREE TREES.”

Saturday, March 19, 2016

A Palm Sunday Lesson Plan

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With Palm Sunday around the corner, we wanted to share with you a prayerful and playful way to bring the Palm Sunday story alive through a Kids Holy Yoga lesson plan, written by Kids Holy Yoga Instructor Rachel Glowacki. We are grateful to Thomas Nelson Publishing for granting us the rights to use excerpts from the Jesus Calling Bible Storybook! It’s one of those bibles that young and old need to get hold of, so if you don’t have it, it is worth getting--

Bible Story/Verse/
Godly Principle
Palm Sunday - “Palm Sunday” from the Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, pgs. 204-205. Yoga lesson plan written by Rachel Glowacki, M-HYI/K-HYI.
“Hosanna! Hurray! The Son of David is here!” (pg. 205 )
Hosanna means that God saves.
Palm Breath--Close your eyes and lift the palms of your hands in the air. Inhale your hands your wide. Exhale and close your hands. Repeat 3x.

Read the story about Palm Sunday. Remind class that before Palm Sunday, Jesus taught the disciples how to pray. Let’s warm up with a Son Salute.
The Lord’s Prayer to the SON Salute

Our Father—Mountain Pose with hands at heart center
Who art in heaven—Mountain Pose with lifting arms up towards Heaven
Hallowed be thy name—Forward Fold
Thy Kingdom come—Halfway lifted with hands resting on shins
Thy will be done—Plank Pose
On Earth—Melt to the floor
As it is in Heaven—Cobra or Upward Facing Dog
Give us this day our daily bread—Downward Facing Dog
Forgive us of our trespasses—Warrior One (Right Foot) or Modified Lunge
As we forgive those who trespass against us—Warrior One (Left Foot) or
Modified Lunge
And lead us not into temptation—Forward Fold
And deliver us from evil—Roll up slowly to Mountain Pose
For Thine is the Kingdom—Mountain with arms reaching up towards sky
The Power—Mountain with arms reaching left
The Glory—Mountain with arms reaching right
Forever and Forever—Mountain with arms reaching back overhead with a
gentle back bend
Amen—Mountain with hands back at heart center
Pose Series
Donkey Kicks--Jesus rode through the city on a donkey
Gate Pose--The gates were open for Him to enter
Table Pose--During the Passover Feast, there were was yummy food at the table
Mountain Climbers--The crowds ran to see Him!
Child’s Pose flow to Kneeling--Wave your palms in the air! “Blessed is Jesus, who comes in the name of the Lord!” (p. 205)
King on a Donkey Pose (aka Horse Stance)--Jesus rode into the city like a King
Forward Fold--The religious people shook their heads and said--No, he is not! Shake your heads no. Shake your heads yes and say--“YES, HE IS.”
Cool Down
Knees to Chest--Read Devotional from the Jesus Calling Bible Storybook by Sarah Young.
Gentle Spinal Twist--God is with us at all times.
Resting and Reflection
Rest on your back, close your eyes, lengthen your arms alongside your body with your palms lifting up. Smile and thank God that you are in the palms of His hands.
Bring in palm branches and have each child wave the branches three times and say together--“Hosanna! Hurray! The Son of David is here!” (p. 205)

Taken from Jesus Calling Bible Storybook by Sarah Young Copyright 2012 by Sarah Young. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Kids Holy Yoga Training 2016 FAQs

What is the Kids Holy Yoga Instructor Training Program? 

The Kids Holy Yoga Instructor Training Program is a comprehensive training program designed to help you share the love of Jesus through movement, story, prayer and fun. Combining prayerful and playful elements, everything we do points back to Christ and helps kids connect with His love for them and teaches them to respond with their love for Him, heart mind, soul & strength. The Kids Holy Yoga Instructor Training Program equips teachers to plan and facilitate their own prayerful and playful Kids Holy Yoga classes and events.

This program is also provides a deep personal study for trainees to remember their identities as beloved children of God. We often say, "we teach what we know," and so if we want to teach children about how much God loves them, we need to know it's true about ourselves, too!
How does the Kids Holy Yoga Instructor Training Program work?

The Kids Holy Yoga training program is entirely virtual. There will be seven 2-hour online webinar sessions held on Wednesdays(12:15-2:15 pm Eastern). Classes will be held on February 10, February 17, February 24, March 2, March 9, March 16, and March 23, 2016. These webinars will be interactive between students and the teaching team. Each week will have a balance between scripture study to equip you, a hands-on yoga experience, information about the practice of kids yoga, and additional tools to help you have a great experience working with children.

What if I cannot attend the classes on Wednesdays?

The webinars will be recorded and available to be watched to within the weeks of the training course. We prefer you listen live so that you are able to contribute; however, we understand this is not always possible and we are pleased to be able to offer this course via recording.

Do I have to be a Holy Yoga Instructor or Registered Yoga Teacher to take this training?

No! This training is open to any adult who is interested in learning to teach Kids Holy Yoga and wants to bring Jesus’ love to children through this practice. Students are also asked to agree to the Holy Yoga Statements of Faith.

How much does the Kids Holy Yoga Program cost?

Tuition for the Kids Holy Yoga Training program is $525 if you pay all at once or you can pay the deposit of $225, then choose from either two or four equal monthly payments to pay off the balance (2 payments of $150 or 4 payments of $75). All payments must be received before your training certification will be issued.

Does Kids Holy Yoga offer scholarships?

The Kids Holy Yoga program is designed to be as cost-effective and affordable as possible for as many people as possible. We will pray with you and brainstorm with you about ways that you might be able to raise the funds needed. (See this blog post for some ideas!) We believe that if God is calling you to this ministry, He will provide for you. We will join you in taking steps of faith for your training. At this point, Kids Holy Yoga is able to extend a limited number of partial scholarships. To request an application for a partial scholarship, please email

Is there a travel requirement for this Kids Holy Yoga Training?
There is NO travel requirement for Kids Holy Yoga Training. The entire training course will be conducted online and via home study.

Can I take this specialty training while I am taking the 225-hour or 95-hour Holy Yoga Instructor training?

Because of the intense nature of the Holy Yoga Instructor training, any students wishing to take this course at the same time must gain approval from Jonnie Goodmanson, Director of Instructor Training for Holy Yoga.

Can I take the Kids Holy Yoga course while taking another Holy Yoga Specialty course (i.e. Holy Yoga Masters, Holy Yoga Plus, etc)?

Yes. You will, however, be responsible for meeting the requirements for each course within the allotted time frames (i.e., listening to recordings, homework, reading requirements).

How many hours a week can I expect to spend on Kids Holy Yoga Training?

You will be required to attend (or listen to) the 2-hour webinar each week, as well as complete required readings, scripture study/interaction, yoga practice, and additional homework. You can expect to spend approximately 5-8 hours each week on your training.

I’m already a Registered Holy Yoga Instructor/Master Holy Yoga Instructor. Why should I take the Kids Holy Yoga Training?

If you have a heart to teach little people, this training will enrich your skills to bring prayerful, playful, story-enriched yoga to the little ones God places in your path. You will learn about the unique aspects of yoga for little bodies and how to weave the Word especially for kids. You will also experience an in-depth study of what it means to be a child of God yourself. Kids Holy Yoga counts toward your Holy Yoga CEU credits. This course certifies you to safely teach individuals ages 2-17. And one more thing: only those certified in Kids Holy Yoga are credentialed to teach “Kids Holy Yoga” classes.

I did a Kids Yoga training with another organization. Do I have to do this whole program to be certified in Kids Holy Yoga?

Yes. Because Kids Holy Yoga is so much more than the physical aspect of yoga, we believe this training is greatly different than many other Kids Yoga trainings. The Kids Holy Yoga method is unique in the way that it brings Bible stories alive through yoga play. In addition, we spend a good deal of time deepening our own personal understanding of what it means to be God's beloved children so that we can share this with kids. Previous students have reflected that this training is worth it, even if you're already trained in kids yoga!

How do I register for the Kids Holy Yoga Instructor Training program?

Click here to register. For questions, email

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Kids Holy Yoga Advent Adventure - Day 24

Day 24

Today’s story: The King of All Kings

Today’s encouragement: A baby King has been born!

Today’s pose: Child’s Pose with Crown Mudra--Begin in child's pose with arms extended in front of you. Slowly bring your hands together and form a circle/crown with your fingers. Place your crown on your head and hold it there, with your elbows resting on the mat.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Kids Holy Yoga Advent Adventure - Day 23

Day 23

Today’s story: The Light of the Whole World

Today’s encouragement: Jesus is the light of the lorld and you carry His light in your heart. Every time you say kind words, every time you help, you shine like a bright light for God.

Today’s pose: Star Pose with World Mudra--From Mountain Pose, jump your feet out like a star bursting into the night sky. Join the tips of your fingers together, making your hands look like you are holding the world inside, knowing that God has the whole world in His hands.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Kids Holy Yoga Advent Adventure - Day 22

Day 22

Today’s story: He’s Here

Today’s encouragement: God sent a baby to rescue the world: His Son!

Today’s pose: Happy Baby Pose--Lay on your back. Hug your knees to your chest. Wrap your first two fingers around your big toes, or grab the outsides of your feet. Pull your feet back so your knees come toward your armpits and try to stack your heels over your knees. You can rock side to side, too!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Kids Holy Yoga Advent Adventure - Day 21

Day 21

Today’s story: Get Ready!

Today’s encouragement: God has a never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love for us.

Today’s pose: Crescent Lunge with Heart Mudra--Take one giant step with one foot. Pressing down with the toes of your back foot, form an “L” shape with your front leg. Keeping your back nice and long, let's bring our hands to our heart, and actually create the heart shape with our hands and fingers. Take a few deep inhales and exhales here before repeating on the opposite side.