Introducing Children to Yoga Through Storytelling

August 15, 2012

Today Monique Barker is with us to share some fun and engaging ways to introduce yoga to children…

We all know that children love to move, make noise, and get creative. Children also love a good story. So… why not combine the two? Practicing yoga with children lends itself so well to story-telling, whether it’s your own story or through books. And reading or telling a story as an introduction to a yoga sequence is a comfortable way for children to prepare for something new and helps provide a visual to engage them in creative movement. Playful Learning: Introducing Yoga Through Storytelling

Reading to and with your children supports literacy and language skills, listening and critical thinking skills. Storytelling is a wonderful way to pass on traditions and preserve cultures, teach values and lessons, and to work out emotions, conflicts or challenges in a safe way. Yoga enhances flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness and can improve concentration, instill a sense of calm and create a deeper connection to one’s inner-self and the world around them.

Combining movement with storytelling actively engages children, immersing them in the experience in a more meaningful way. Their imaginations will be stimulated and enriched. It will allow them to reinterpret the text or spoken words and bring it to life in a creative, personal way. It will even enhance and increase neural connections in the areas of the brain responsible for memory and learning!

Playful Learning: Introducing Yoga to Children Through Storytelling

If you would like to give it a try, here are some yoga sequences that I have put together (tested and approved by preschoolers and early elementary school age children!) with suggested books to go along. Do feel free to choose your own favorite, age-appropriate stories.

As you become more familiar with yoga poses, use your creativity when applying them. There’s no reason why ‘down-dog’ couldn’t also represent a hill or a slide or an inchworm!

I hope you and the children in your life enjoy and continue to explore yoga through storytelling (or is it storytelling through Yoga?)!

Playful Learning: Introducing Yoga to Children Through Storytelling

Note: Before starting yoga with young children, I suggest…

  • Familiarizing them with breathing techniques, always inhaling and exhaling through the nose unless otherwise specified.
  • Discussing the importance of respecting personal space and keeping ourselves and others safe from injury.
  • Beginning with gentle stretches and a few deep breathes.

More Yoga & Storytelling Inspiration…

Books

Online

Importance of Storytelling

If you would like to learn more about the craft of storytelling, below are some lovely posts. Remember, you don’t need special training or much experience. It can be as simple as telling a story from your childhood, reciting a fable, or crafting your own unique story with your children. Have fun with it.

Literacy and Language Skills

Movement & Learning

 

Monique

Monique

Monique is an Early Intervention Specialist and currently a stay-at-home, home-educating mom to three children ages 5, 8, and 10 years old. She and her family live in beautiful coastal Maine. Monique loves creating playful learning experiences with and for children, especially ones that encourage a love of nature and a healthy lifestyle.

17 Comments

  1. Emmalina said on August 15, 2012 #

    A great post!  I really enjoy sharing yoga with my boys, I’ll be checking out more of these links and ideas to enhance our circle time when we kick off with school again in September.  Thanks for the inspiration!

    • mariah said on August 15, 2012 #

      Hi Emma – Monique included so many amazing resources, I am still perusing them!

  2. Angela @ OMazing Kids said on August 15, 2012 #

    Great post! I am a Speech-Language Pathologist & Founder of OMazing Kids. I love combining yoga with great kids picture books.

    • mariah said on August 15, 2012 #

      Thanks for your comment Angela… I am off to checkout OMazing Kids!

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  6. Donna Freeman said on August 20, 2012 #

    I love teaching yoga children with stories as it engages their imagination & curiosity and develops many essential cognitive skills. Another resource would be Once Upon a Pose which includes 10 children’s yoga stories and tons of ideas, poses, games, etc.
    Also visit http://yogainmyschool.com for more ideas on Yoga for Literacy.

    Donna Freeman
    Founder Yoga In My School

  7. Stephanie said on August 25, 2012 #

    I can’t wait to introduce yoga to my children through storytelling :)

  8. Kerry Aradhya said on September 6, 2012 #

    Hi, there. Great post! So glad I found it. I hope you don’t mind if I include this post in a feature on my blog in the next couple of day. Every month I round up blog posts related to children’s literature and movement. I think your themes of storytelling and yoga will fit right in! (www.kerryaradhya.blogspot.com)

    • mariah said on September 7, 2012 #

      That would be lovely! Thanks Kerry…

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  10. Sydney Solis said on March 26, 2013 #

    Wonderful! Check out my book, Storytime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story. First published in 2006, it’s chock full of multicultural folk tales to enchant, educate and entertain kids! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0977706303/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0977706303&linkCode=as2&tag=storytcom-20

  11. manju said on May 5, 2013 #

    these are really great ideas …. thanks very much. glad to have come across this blog!

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  13. Meaghan Jackson said on July 23, 2013 #

    I can wait to read all these links. This article is exactly what I have been looking for! THANK YOU!!!!!

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