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Friday, October 24, 2014

Happy Halloween!

At Holy Yoga and Kids Holy Yoga, we believe in engaging with culture and pointing everything to Jesus. Some followers of Jesus prefer not to celebrate Halloween, and that is just great. Others feel like it is an okay thing to do because of the freedom we are given in Christ (Galatians 5). So, if you celebrate Halloween, here are some poses that you can enjoy while you think about our amazing God.

Did you know that bats are the only mammals that can truly fly? Bats definitely show God's creativity! To do Bat Pose, stand in a Forward Fold and gently flap your arms like the wings of a bat.  Listen to what's happening around you--bats are great listeners!

A crescent moon is the phase of the moon cycle where just a sliver of moon shows. Sometimes it looks like a banana! Did you know that the moon does not make it's own light? It only reflects the light from the sun. We can be like the moon when we shine the light of Jesus, the Son of God. Stand tall with your arms overhead. Press your palms together. Bend to the sides and take a deep breath in and out. Smile and shine the light!

Pumpkins are very nutritious having lots of beta-carotene, vitamin A and fiber. Have you ever cleaned out a pumpkin? There's a lot of gooey, yucky stuff inside. You have to get that out before you can get to the good parts like the seeds and "meat." Imagine that you are a pumpkin. God comes and cleans out anything icky inside of you so that He can show you the good stuff He has put inside of you. For Pumpkin Pose, sit up tall and cross your legs. Make your arms wide and round. Smile as you think about the ways that God's love cleans you up!

Did you know that some kinds of spiders are actually good to have in your house? Most spiders aren't dangerous to people and some kinds of spiders eat other insects that spread germs and sicknesses, insects like mosquitoes, fleas, flies and cockroaches. Thanks, God, for spiders! To do Spider Pose, start in Downward Dog. Step your feet out wider, then take your arms out wider, too. You can crawl around a bit like a spider.

Cats have been kept by humans as pets for a very long time through human history. They can be great companions. Try Cat Pose and remember how the Bible says a friend loves at all times. From hands and knees, round your back and drop your head. You can hiss or meow like a cat.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Celebrate Fall with Kids' Holy Yoga

Happy Fall, Kids' Holy Yogis!

Fall is the time of harvest. Harvest is when the good things that have grown over the growing season are picked and collected to be shared and enjoyed. In Luke 10, Jesus says that He needs workers to harvest the things of God. God grows things like love, kindness, gentleness, peace and joy. Can you be a gatherer of those things for Jesus?

Here are some fun Fall poses for you to play with.

Sit with your knees into your chest. Let your head come toward your knees. Imagine that you are an acorn that a squirrel has buried to eat later in the winter.

Stand with one foot at your ankle, calf or knee. Bring your arms out like the branches of a tree. Bring your thumbs and first fingers together and make them round like apples on your tree.

Start on your hands and knees. Press into your hands and toes and lift up, keeping your knees bent. Growl like a bear getting ready to hibernate for the winter.

Corn is a crop that gets harvested in the fall. Stand up nice and tall. Bring your arms up overhead. Knit your fingers together, but keep your pointer fingers extended like the silks on an ear of corn. See if you can root your feet down and then grow tall like a stalk of corn.

Stand in tree pose. Wiggle your fingers like falling leaves. What color are the leaves from your tree?

Stand on one foot and take your other foot behind you. As you find your balance, begin to gently move your arms as though they are your bird wings. Did you know that many birds fly south in the Fall? Honk like a goose if you want to.

A Harvest Moon is the full moon that is closest to the Fall Equinox. What is the Fall Equinox, you ask? It is the day when the amount of darkness and light are the same amount of time. To do Harvest Moon pose, stand on one foot and lift up your back leg as you rest your standing leg fingers on the floor or a prop (this kid used the stair). Lift your other arm up. Stretch out through your arms and legs and smile! You shine like the Harvest Moon!

Sit with your legs crossed. Bring one hand behind you and bring the other hand to your opposite knee. Look over your shoulder. Sit up nice and tall and hoot like an owl.

Farmers put scarecrows in their fields to frighten away the birds that might eat their crops. Stand on one foot and bend the other knee. Bring your arms out to your side and bend your elbows.

Every fall, the Monarch butterfly make a long migration to Mexico. That's a long way to go with two little wings to carry you! Sit with your feet facing each other. Bring your hands to your ankles. Let your knees rise and fall gently like the wings of the Monarch butterfly.