Our programs are influenced by the desires and needs of our community. Just as we might offer a Christmas program, advertising a yoga influenced or pure yoga programs helps patrons decide whether to attend or not. The library can acknowledge and celebrate diversity and be influenced by or integrate some goals of yoga without getting into “religion” -- mentioning concepts of God or prayer.
Instead of different kinds of claps/celebrations at the end of an activity, try a laughter exercise!
Yoga Storytime: Integrating Technology, Literacy, and Movement
Yoga Storytime:Integrating Technology, Literacy, and Movement
FLEXIBL E • Yoga is peace. Raise your hand to speak. A word aboutFREDDY restlessness. • Yoga is reflection. Please watch teacher before you perform yoga move. • Yoga is happy. Please don’t make Freddy unhappy. Be positive!
Namaste “I bow to the goodness in you.” Namaste is what you sayto the good in you and the good in me. Say Namaste, everyday and the world will live in harmony.Song from Sydney Solis’ Storytime Yoga, available at our library.
Sun, sunSun Salutations I salute the sun I open my heart To everyone. The sun rises And the sun sets The whole world In my heart rests. Again I rise Ready to live Happy to be And ready to give. Sun, sun I salute the sun I open my heart To everyone.
Sun Salutations• Mountain pose• Hands in heart position• Breathing in
Sun, Sun• Reach arms overhead• Still breathing in
I salute the sun• Exhale (breathe out)• Head to knees• Hands to the ground (if possible)
I open my heart• Inhale (breathe in)• Halfway up• Straight back
To everyone• Exhale• Head to knees again• Can you reach more this time?
The sun rises• Inhale• Left foot back• Runner’s pose• Right foot between hands
And the sun sets• Exhale• Right leg back to plank• Like you’re about to do a push-up
The whole world• Inhale• Lower knees down• Advanced move: instead of lowering knees down, do the down part of a push-up
In my heart rests• Exhale• Lie on floor• Hands outside of shoulders
Resources• Demaria, Michael Brant. Ocean. CD. Ontos Music, 2008.• Krilanovich, Nadia. Moon Child. Berkeley: Tricycle Press, 2010.• Reynolds, Peter. The Dot. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2003.• Solis, Sydney. Storytime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story. Boulder, CO: Mythic Yoga Studio, 2006.
Does your library offer Christmas programs? Decorate eggs in the spring?Have a “holiday” section? If so, what holidays are represented?
What Libraries Can Use from YogaEmotional and Physical Benefits• Breathing Peace/Calmness/Relaxation – Counting to ten when angry…
“Deep-Breathing Stroll” (p22) 101 Relaxation Games for Children : Finding a Little Peace and Quiet in Between by Allison BartlBreathe deeply for four countsHold one or two countsMake a (hissing) sound as you breathe out four countsAfter a rhythm is established, stroll around the room (with a partner?)
What Libraries Can Use from YogaEmotional and Physical Benefits • Breathing Peace/Calmness/Relaxation • Positive Attitude – Letting go of the negative – Cultivating the positive
Positive Attitude ActivitiesItsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and 101 Relaxation Games for Children :Preschoolers: 8-Minute Routines to Help Finding a Little Peace and Quiet inYour Child Grow Smarter, be Happier, Between by Allison Bartl (p50)and Behave Better by Helen Garabedian(p198) • One by one, participants get• I (both fists to your heart) the bottle of bubbles, think• Like (open arms to the about something bothering her/him, and blow the sides) troubles away.• Ask a question, child responds (e.g. What color do you like?)• Orange! (bring arms in, hug self, and wiggle side to side)• (repeat three times with same answer)
What Libraries Can Use from YogaEmotional and Physical Benefits• Breathing Peace/Calmness/Relaxation• Positive Attitude• Self-reflection/self-esteem – Repeat affirmations which are “I Can” or “I Am” positive statements = chants, cheers, or action rhymes
What Libraries Can Use from YogaEmotional and Physical Benefits• Breathing Peace/Calmness/Relaxation• Positive Attitude• Self-reflection/self-esteem• Building Community / Parent and Child Bonding
Laughter Yoga or Laughter Exercises Instead of different kinds of claps? Resources Some Examples• http://www.laughteryoga.org/ • Lion:• http://lyinstitute.org/ http://www.youtube.com/• watch?v=HFynQHRV6hc http://www.youtube.com/ • One Meter:• The Great Big Anthology of http://youtu.be/gHy5NAua Laughter Exercises: 500 hA8?t=17s Laughter Exercises for Health, Fun and Friendship by Jeffrey • Ho, Ho … Ha, Ha, Ha! Chant: Briar Clap on each syllable.• We already use joke books, silly Maybe walk in a circle. stories, and tickle rhymes • Ho Ho Ha Ha Laughter Song: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=x4KyTb8-N6A
What Libraries Can Use from YogaEmotional and Physical Benefits• Breathing Peace/Calmness/Relaxation• Positive Attitude• Self-reflection/self-esteem• Building Community / Parent and Child Bonding• Exercise – stretching and strength training
Learning Through MovementHealthy bodies lead to healthy brains that are able to learn.The Need to Move More Kinesthetic/Early Literacy• Move It Movement: Learning http://www.fitness.gov/ • Acknowledge various• NFL Movement for an modes of learning (e.g. Active Generation: Gardner’s multiple http://www.nfl.com/play60 intelligences)• National Guidelines for • ECRR: Putting movements Physical Activity: to words helps http://www.aahperd.org/na vocabulary/language spe/about/results.cfm acquisition fingerplays & action rhymes entire movement/music or sensory programs
Full Body Rhymes “I Can Breathe” (p.148) Twinkle, Twinkle Variation Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers: (p76-7 and 79-81) 8-Minute Routines to Help Your Child Grow Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Smarter, be Happier, and Behave Better by 8-Minute Routines to Help Your Child Grow Helen Garabedian Smarter, be Happier, and Behave Better byI can breathe & wiggle Helen GarabedianI can breathe & giggle • Legs apart, breathe, andI can breathe & run stretch armsI can breathe & have fun • Teeter back and forth toI can breathe & do anything! syllables in rhymeThink, breathe, go! (clap, clap, clap) • Between verses do “FallingThink, breathe, go! (clap, clap, clap) Star” = fall arm to one foot then stretchThink, breathe, go! (clap, clap, clap)