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Each year Little Shop of Stories, a bookstore in Decatur, has a city wide reading initiative called On the Same Page.   Readers of all ages enjoy the same book and for several weeks, activities are planned for the schools and the community leading up to the grand finale which is a guest reading by the book’s author.  The selected book for 2016 was The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

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UP-UP-UP With a Fish!

At the local Barnes & Noble families joined together for storytime and yoga to celebrate Dr. Suess’s birthday and Read Across America Day.  I was inspired by Dr. Suess’s “The Cat In The Hat” and Co-Founder, Cheryl Crawford’s Grounded Blog Post, “Suess Sutra 1-1: Big Picture Play of Conciousness”.

We tuned into our highest Self and listened to our small, limited and fearful side, inviting both to play with one another in a little game of “UP-UP-UP With a Fish!”. In Cheryl Crawford’s blog post, “Suess Sutra 1-1: Big Picture Play Of Consciousness” we are reminded that once we tune into our Highest Consciousness we begin to understand why we are here and where we should go. Our Highest Consciousness watches over us and helps steer us in the highest direction. By creating a lesson with a series of poses families invited their Highest Self (The Cat) and limited Self (the fish) to play together. By doing this we created space within ourselves by getting wider with each breath in and taller with each breath out. Now that’s elevation!

“Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how.”

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Close your eyes if you wish and breathe into your heart. Lets introduce 3 tricks along with the Cat that will help the fish along the way. Take a deep breath in through your nose. Breathe into your heart. Breath out through your nose. Continue to follow your breath. By bringing your hands together and placing your pinky and thumb fingers together, opening your three middle fingers in Lotus Breath lift the fish Up-Up-Up and support him along the way. Remind him that he will not fall,

“Have no fear!
You will not fall.
You will not fall.
I will hold you up high…”

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Yoga By Letter: L

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In L Out L

Yoga with the L

Listen, Look, Love

In L In

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In L Out L

Yoga with the L

Lame, Limited, Lazy

Out L Out

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In L Out L

Yoga with the L

Laughter, Luminous, Liberty

In L In

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In L Out L

Yoga with the L

Lousy, Labeled, Low

Out L Out

 

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We practiced Loving~Kindness in yoga club today. We began with finishing up our Loving Letters from last week.

Caroline wrote a letter to her fourth grade friend who is stressed out~
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Dorian wrote a loving letter to his teenage sister who has been worrying about grades~

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Lauren posted two letters in the hallway for her fellow fifth graders. She shared that many of them feel sad and let down.

IMG_8423Isabel crafted a note to her dear friend Charlotte who is still sick. We sent Charlotte healing energy and love~
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Anaiah and Zoe created this pose called Feet Forward.  We were all inspired to give ourselves a lovely foot massage and practice partner poses.

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And then we ended class with Energy Circuit and sent healing Love to Rachel in Oregon.
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May all Children

Love and Be Loved

Sat Nam

 

Yoga By Letters: K

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In K

Out K

Yoga with the K

Kickstart Kinetic Kindess

In K In

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In K

Out K

Yoga with the K

Kicking, Killing, Kvetching

Out K Out

We practiced Kindness in our Yoga Club today~first being kind to ourselves and then with partners, and finally with others who are not in our club.

We breathed into our hearts and then partnered up and breathed into the back of our hearts because sometimes the kindest thing we can do is be quiet, listen and breathe for someone who is suffering.

Allie wrote this anonymous letter for someone to find unexpectedly.  She placed it in the teacher’s workroom.

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Lola created this advice for her 4th grade teacher who is moving next week.

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Amala wrote a note to her teacher and placed the pose chip with directions in a special package.

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Isabel wrote a letter to her sick friend who couldn’t be at yoga club today.

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And Anaiah wrote a special note to her mom. She also told her mom that there is no such thing as too much kindness. {Heart}

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Next week we will reveal more. Inspired? Purchase pose chips and send notes to your friends!

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Sat Nam

 

 

This activity came out of a need to define shinning inner light.  The

concept seems vague to some kids so I wanted to find a way to connect

emotions with yoga movements in a concrete way.  Doing this activity is a

way for kids to verbalize their good qualities.  Some kids are very familiar

with their dark sides, and they only hear adults point out what they do

wrong.  They have to be able to identify their light sides and what they do

right before they can shine their inner lights.  Once they have a few

concrete images to focus on, I think they can shine these attributes as they

do the yoga poses.

Here is a simple art activity for a class with the theme of shining your

inner light, the light within.  

1. Remove the label from a water bottle and cut off the bottom.  

2. Cut up the sides to make “rays of light”.

3. Have the child describe his/her positive attributes and write each on a piece of torn

tissue paper.

4. Glue the tissue paper on the rays.

5. Ask the child to choose one yoga pose from either the pose chips or pose

stickers that best represents the attributes on each ray.  It can be a pose

in which he/she can let that quality shine, or a pose the child needs to do

to work on that attribute.     

6. To add on to this, ask the child to put the yoga poses in order to make a yoga flow. Add transitional poses if necessary. 

7. This is a great activity to support Grounded kids in the Quest for Elevation as they can teach their flow to one another or the entire class. 

8. Use a suction cup in the center or tape to hang these Rays of Light in a window to catch the sun and illuminate. 

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