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Yoga Story Hour Kit

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ISBN 978-1-62203-602-8
ISBN 978-1-62203-602-8
ISBN 978-1-62203-466-6
ISBN 978-1-62203-466-6

Host a yoga story hour in your bookstore or library—or right at home!

Kids love yoga, and it´s good for them! The US Department of Health and Human Services includes yoga as an excellent muscle-building activity for children and adolescents in their Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. And in our screen-obsessed, over-programmed culture, kids (and adults!) will appreciate the focus and mind- and body-calming benefits yoga can provide.

Good Morning Yoga and Good Night Yoga, adorable picture books by educator Mariam Gates, director and founder of KidPower Yoga, provide the perfect basis for a fun yoga story hour with children ages 48.

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Yoga Story Hour Tips

Yoga Story Hour Tips ✿ Use the Yoga Story Hour sign in this kit to advertise

Use the Yoga Story Hour sign in this kit to advertise your story time event. Post it in prominent locations and use it as a bag stuffer or check-out flyer.

Prepare a story hour space with a carpeted floor or carpet squares for the kids to stand on.

Visit the Sounds True website to watch a video reading of each book:

Good Night Yoga reading: http://www.soundstrue.com/store/good-night-yoga.html Good Morning Yoga reading: http://www.soundstrue.com/store/good-morning-yoga.html Both videos are available on YouTube as well.

When the children are gathered, practice taking slow, deep yoga breaths and exhaling long and slow. Demonstrate each of the yoga poses from the book and talk with the children about the name of each pose.

Use the yoga positions card decks in this kit during your initial demonstration to help the children learn the poses in each book. (*Note that not all of the book poses are included in each deck.) Or present the decks to the children as a take-home handout at the end of your story hour.

Complete one book in its entirety before moving to the second story. Consider hosting a second yoga story hour the next week to feature the other title. You might use Good Morning Yoga for a morning story hour and Good Night Yoga for an afternoon story hour.

When you host the active reading of the book(s) at your story hour, it’s helpful to have one person reading the story, including the “As I breathe in, as I breathe out” movement description, and one person demonstrating the poses for the children to copy. Or play the audio portion of each video to serve as the story reading.

audio portion of each video to serve as the story reading. Yoga Story Hour Kit SoundsTrue.com

Yoga Story Hour Kit

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Invite the children to do the visualization exercise at the end of each yoga flow.

After completing the yoga flow and visualization, invite the children to sit in a circle and talk about their favorite poses from the story. How did the poses make them feel? Were any more difficult than others? Which were the most like their pose names? What did they think of the visualization exercise? How did it make them feel?

Read just the story portion of the book aloud, skipping the movement description portions. Allow the children to study the book’s illustrations as you read.

If time allows, let the children complete the wristband and drawing activities in this kit and cut out the yoga decks if they weren’t presented earlier in the session.

Illustrations copyright © 2015, 2016 by Sarah Jane Hinder. All rights reserved. This page may be photocopied for free distribution.

Come to our Yoga Story Hour! We’ll stretch and reach, so wear comfortable clothing! Date

Come to our Yoga Story Hour!

Come to our Yoga Story Hour! We’ll stretch and reach, so wear comfortable clothing! Date and

We’ll stretch and reach, so wear comfortable clothing!

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Good Morning Yoga Yoga Positions Card Deck Cut out each card and use them to
Good Morning Yoga
Yoga Positions
Card Deck
Cut out each card and use them to help
you remember each fun position!
card and use them to help you remember each fun position! Ski Jumper I bend my
card and use them to help you remember each fun position! Ski Jumper I bend my

Ski Jumper

I bend my knees and sweep my arms back.

Volcano

I lift up on tiptoes and reach my fingers high.

Mountain Lightning Bolt Forward Bend With my knees bent, I glide my hands up high.
Mountain
Lightning Bolt
Forward Bend
With my knees bent, I glide my
hands up high.
I press down through my feet and stretch
my spine so it is long. I roll my shoulders
back and press my palms together.
I round my back, bend my knees,
and roll down to the ground.
Downward Dog
Boat
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Calm and Awake

I sit with my legs crossed. My spine grows taller, my shoulders roll back, and I rest my hands on my knees.

I press my palms and feet into the earth and raise my hips up to the sky.

sit up tall to lift my legs and arms off the ground with my knees straight or bent.

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Illustrations copyright © 2015, 2016 by Sarah Jane Hinder. All rights reserved. This page may be photocopied for free distribution.

Good Night Yoga Yoga Positions Card Deck Sun Star Cut out each card and use
Good Night Yoga
Yoga Positions
Card Deck
Sun
Star
Cut out each card and use them to help
you remember each fun position!
I inhale and reach my arms over my head.
I exhale and bring my arms back down.
I press down through my feet.
I reach my arms out wide.
Bird I focus on one point. I lift my foot behind me and balance. Then
Bird
I focus on one point. I lift my foot behind
me and balance. Then I switch feet.
Butterfly
I sit on the ground, press the soles
of my feet together, and roll my
shoulders back.
Tree Ladybug I bend my knees, roll my shoulders back, and press my palms together.
Tree
Ladybug
I bend my knees, roll my shoulders back,
and press my palms together.
Child
exhale and tuck in my chin, lifting
my spine up high and arching
my back like a cat.
I press back on my heels
and rest.

become tall in my spine. I rest my foot on my ankle or above my knee and balance. Then I switch feet.

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Cat I
Cat
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First I inhale and look up, letting my spine and tummy drop low. Then

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Yoga Wrist Bands Cut out the wrist bands below. Use tape to secure each band

Yoga Wrist Bands

Cut out the wrist bands below. Use tape to secure each band to a wrist.

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I LOVE YOGA!
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LOVE
YOGA!
I sparkle in Star pose!
I sparkle in Star pose!
I’m a fiery volcano reaching high!

I’m a fiery volcano reaching high!

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Illustrations copyright © 2015, 2016 by Sarah Jane Hinder. All rights reserved. This page may be photocopied for free distribution.

My Favorite Pose

My Favorite Pose What’s your favorite yoga pose? Draw a picture of it in the space

What’s your favorite yoga pose? Draw a picture of it in the space below.

favorite yoga pose? Draw a picture of it in the space below. M y f a

My favorite pose is

It makes me feel

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Illustrations copyright © 2015, 2016 by Sarah Jane Hinder. All rights reserved. This page may be photocopied for free distribution.