It’s Yoga Story Time!
The habit of reading is a simple tool with which an individual can access an infinite and abundant amount of knowledge. It is good to instill reading habits at any age and at any time. So why not during Yoga class?
Reading and storytelling stimulates creativity, a very important skill that we are constantly working on in our students. A really nice activity we do with our Little Yogis and Kid Yogis groups is Active Storytelling. The activity consists of using our imagination as we go around the circle telling a story and acting it out. To make it a little easier for the younger kids, we may provide a flashcard to each child with a picture of an animal or object to help them get started with their story. One person begins, showing the flash card if they have one, telling their story. As they tell their part of the story, they also act it out, and the rest of the class follows. The next student needs to continue the story and so on.
At the beginning, when we explained the activity to them, they did not seem very excited about it. But as soon as we started the activity everything changed! We noticed the expression in their eyes and their excitement and restlessness, waiting for their turn to be the “authors” of the story.
So that’s how we began narrating our own YOGA STORY. While each yogi told their part of the story, everyone practiced the Yoga poses that went along with the story. Children where exercising not only their bodies, but their imagination and creativity as well.
It was amazing how much they enjoyed this activity! Each child could not wait for their turn to share the most creative story they could come up with.
Let your yogis and yoginis be part of this wonderful world of imagination and knowledge and encourage them to tell stories they have read or listen to or even made up! Enjoy the amazing world of books and stories!