Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bug Yoga 2 and a FABULOUS Giveaway

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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7 comments:

  1. I ask them to step into each side's shoes. Feel what both people might feel.
    Great giveaway! I had no idea about Maggie Mitchell's book! LOVE IT!

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  2. Oh looks great!!! I teach my son the importance of always being nice to friends. I ask him how it would feel if others didn't play with him and we talk things through

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  3. LOVE teaching bug yoga too! My husband and I try to lead by example, starting with how we speak to each other as well as those around us. This could be friends and strangers. We try are supportive and teach our children the importance with being supportive with eacher other and firends. We need to treat other as we want to be treated. When there is an issue, we talk it out and explain how our actions...words hurt and discuss what we can do to control them. I strongly believe it starts at home.

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  4. I talk to my daughter about bullying and how it makes a person feel. How she needs to tell me if she feels bullied.

    Gaileee

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  5. My son - though only 4 has experienced bullying. It was a difficult discussion. I hope I have to have very few of them in the future. I explained to him that when he wants someone to stop doing something, he needs to tell them to stop and then talk to an adult that he trusts.

    I have also taught him that it's never okay to taunt or hurt other children and that we are to be friends with everyone. I'm sure the way that I talk to him about bullying will change as he gets older.

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  6. My son - though only 4 has experienced bullying. It was a difficult discussion. I hope I have to have very few of them in the future. I explained to him that when he wants someone to stop doing something, he needs to tell them to stop and then talk to an adult that he trusts.

    I have also taught him that it's never okay to taunt or hurt other children and that we are to be friends with everyone. I'm sure the way that I talk to him about bullying will change as he gets older.

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  7. We try to use our kids' real-life experiences as a springboard for further discussion, and always emphasize having empathy and understanding for others.

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