Bug Yoga has become one of my signature children's yoga classes. I first began with this theme with inspiration from Donna Freeman at Yoga in my School.
Now Bug Yoga has taken on a life of its own and it is my all-time favorite yoga lessons for little ones!
I've used a variety of bug books for my classes in the past. I just discovered The Big Stink by Maggie Mitchell.
It is a great book for a slightly older age group. Plus, it deals with issues of rumors and bullying.
In The Big Stink, Hally the Stink Bug and her two friends, Danny, A Monarch Butterfly, and Coco, a ladybug, love living together in the backyard. But, when one of Hally's friends hears a rumor that she stinks, their once-happy friendship is in danger of coming to an end!
The concept is easy for children to understand (and I remember being in elementary school and hearing stories of someone smelling or something ridiculous. I doubt times have changed that much).
For this Anti-Bullying Edition of Bug Yoga, we will read the story and then do some of the following poses:
1. Butterfly Pose (soles of the feet together, knees out to the side. or for you grown-up Yogis, Bound-angle pose)
2. Group Butterfly Pose (in a circle, soles of feet touching each other up in the air, as we all try to balance and support each other)
3. Stink Bug Pose (Happy Baby pose)
4. Lady Bug Pose (Child's pose)
5. Group Sharing Circle Game (Toss a ball and say something nice about ourselves and someone else)
6. Closing Meditation: Three Deep Breaths (We first will visualize something that makes us angry. And then, we will let it go with three deep breaths).
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