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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Story Time Yoga

Did you know that you can teach Godly principles from your kids' favorite story books through yoga?

My kids love Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.  It's a story about a boy named Max who dresses in a wolf suit, gets in trouble with his mom for saying unkind things, and is sent to his room.  While there, Max goes on an imaginary journey to the Land of the Wild Things.  While it is fun for a while, Max realizes he'd rather be at home "where someone loved him best of all."  When he returns, he sees that his mom has left him some nice, warm supper.

To make the story come alive through yoga, you can add poses.  We decided to go from Wolf (Downward Facing Dog) into Wild Thing!

Start in Downward Facing Dog (or Wolf!)
Bring your heel to your bottom &
begin to bring your belly button up
Open up your top arm & heart as you
come into Wild Thing pose!

You could also do Boat Pose or Crescent Moon to go along with the story.  Kids love to make up their own Wild Things poses, too!  Be creative--like Max is!  The only rule is to be safe with your yoga poses.

As you play, you can talk about Godly principles like honoring your parents and unconditional love.  You can talk about how God always forgives us when we make mistakes and His love for us is like a nice big bowl of soup--comforting, nourishing, and warm!

Yoga Freeze Tag + Dancer Pose

Turn up some fun worship music and dance with your kiddos! When you turn off the music, everyone has to freeze into a favorite yoga pose! Turn on the music again & DANCE!

Here's a Psalm to inspire your time:

Shout praises to the Lord!
Praise God in his temple.
Praise him in heaven,
his mighty fortress.
Praise our God!
His deeds are wonderful,
too marvelous to describe.
Praise God with trumpets
and all kinds of harps.
Praise him with tambourines
and dancing,
with stringed instruments
and woodwinds.
Praise God with cymbals,
with clashing cymbals.
Let every living creature
praise the Lord.
Shout praises to the Lord!

Psalm 150

Here are some Kids' Holy Yoga girls enjoying DANCER POSE!

Beachside Meditation

Enjoy this meditation with your kids!

Lie on your back and close your eyes. Imagine that you are on your favorite beach towel, lying on the warm sand of your favorite beach. What color is the towel? What is its' pattern? Feel the rays of the sun as they touch your skin. Experience the glow you begin to have as the sun's energy meets you. Take a deep breath in through your nose and smell the salty sweetness of the sea air. Listen carefully as you hear the squawks of the seagulls circling high above you. Hear the rhythm of the the ocean's waves as they wash on the shore. Oh, goodness! One wave crept all the way up to your towel and got your toes wet! Feel the water as it begins to evaporate in the sun. You feel something tickle your fingers. You wonder if it might be a sand crab. You gently open your eyes to peek and it is a little crab! But he sees you, too, and he scurries back into his hole in the sand. Bye, bye, little crab!

Now teach your kids Crab Pose. Sitting on your bottom, reach your hands behind you, under your shoulders. Put your feet on the floor a little behind your bottom as wide as your hips. Feel strong in your hands and feet. Lift up you bottom with your strong tummy. Now you can move side to side or front to back like our friend the crab!

Micah 7:18-19

Our God, no one is like you.
We are all that is left
of your chosen people,
and you freely forgive
our sin and guilt.
You don’t stay angry forever;
you’re glad to have pity
and pleased to be merciful.
You will trample on our sins
and throw them in the sea.

Isn't God good?

The Cooling Breath

To beat this summer heat, teach your kids the cooling breath! 

For those who can, roll the tongue like a straw and gently sip air in. On the exhale, gently release the breath out. If someone can't roll the tongue, no worries. Round the lips into an "O" and breathe slowly in and out.

Proverbs 11:25 The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.