Ruth and Naomi

The Bible story “Ruth and Naomi” is taken from Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling Bible Storybook.

Theme:  Kindness Towards One Another Counts

Breathwork:  Back-to-Back Breathing as found in Lisa Flynn’s Yoga for Children and Feel the Vibration as found in Lisa Roberts’ Breathe, Chill

Warm-up: 

Make New Friends, and Keep the Old” Girl Scout song

Begin in Easy Pose

Make new friends- Seated Gentle Twist Right

and keep the old- Seated Gentle Twist Left

one is silver-Lying Spinal Twist Right

one is gold- Lying Spinal Twist Left

a circle is round, and has no end- Wheel

that’s how long I want to be your friend- Child’s Pose

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Candle Pose- Twin Flames*

Pose Series:

Here, I am having students work in pairs to reinforce the theme of Kindness Counts Towards One Another.

Candle Pose- Twin Flames*

Corpse Pose

Partner Sailboat

SeeSaw

Huddle Pose

Owl Friends

Twin Dragons

Puppy Friends

Tic Tac Toe

Create-a-Pose

Cool Down:

Legs up Wall

Human Zipper

Resting: 

Mantra:  I am breathing in God’s love.  I am breathing out God’s kindness.

Additional Options: 

Make Friendship Bracelets

Host a Friendship Potluck

Circle Squeeze- Students sit in a circle in Easy Pose.  With arms crossed in front of chests, they hold hands with neighbors on either side.  One person begins by squeezing the hand of another.  They then pass the squeeze around the circle.

Write positive notes to his/her yoga partner.

Trust Circle as found in Lisa Flynn’s Yoga for Children

Hannah’s Special Prayer

As a Kids Holy Yoga instructor-in-training, this is my first lesson sampled on my two daughters.  For those whom may be unfamiliar, Kids Holy Yoga is a combination of God’s Word interwoven with yoga poses to reinforce learning.  This balance of movement and reading is ideal for the reluctant reader as well as the reluctant exerciser and a medium truly loved by my two elementary-aged girls.

The story “Hannah’s Special Prayer” is taken from Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling Bible StorybookI am a fan of this Bible storybook due to the length of the stories which are brief, but informational.  My eight-year-old enjoys reading the stories aloud once for other Holy Yoga Kids students before we incorporate the poses in a retelling.

Theme:  God Answers Prayers

Breathwork-  Starfish Breathing:  This involves the use of a child’s fingers.  A student breathes in as he/she traces up a finger and breathes out as he/she traces down a finger.  We did breathwork on both hands.  I used this breathing technique to reinforce the use of our hands when praying.

Warm-up:  The Lord’s Pray with yoga poses (Kids Holy Yoga Manual)

Our Father- Mountain Pose with hands at heart center

Who art in heaven- Mountain Pose with lifting arms up towards Heaven

Hallowed be thy name- Forward Fold

Thy Kingdom come- Halfway lifted with hands resting on shins

Thy will be done- Plank Pose

On Earth- melt into floor

As it is in Heaven- Cobra

Give us this day our daily bread- Downward Facing Dog

Forgive us our trespasses- Warrior One Right

As we forgive those who trespass against us- Warrior One Left

And lead us not into temptation- Forward Fold

But deliver us from evil- roll up slowly to Mountain Pose

For Thine is the Kingdom- Mountain Pose with arms reaching up towards sky

And the Power- Mountain with arms reaching left

And the Glory- Mountain with arms reaching right

Forever and Ever- Mountain with arms reaching back overhead with a gentle back bend

Amen- Mountain with hands back at heart center

Both of my girls thoroughly enjoyed this sequence, and my youngest was quick to comment how she hears this prayer in church.  I think this will be a great mnemonic device so that they can eventually memorize and internalize The Lord’s Prayer.  In addition, I like the use of hands at heart center as a means to reinforce the theme of this lesson, God Answers Prayers.

Pose Series to accompany “Hannah’s Special Prayer”-

Mountain Pose with arms at heart center

Camel Pose

Child’s Pose

Warrior 1 Right

Warrior 1 Left

Right Side Triangle

Left Side Triangle

Chair Pose

Child’s Pose

Happy Baby

Tree Pose with cactus arms right

Tree Pose with cactus arms left

Hero Pose

Cool Down-  I read the “Jesus Calling” portion at this time.

Crocodile Pose right

Crocodile Pose left

Resting- We completed the Snow Globe Meditation found in Lisa Roberts’ Breathe, Chill.  I emphasized how the glitter were our worries and/or troubles.  We then shake our snow globe and watch the glitter fall to the bottom of the mason jar.  This reinforces the idea of giving our upset to God through prayer.

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Conclusion- I gave each of the girls a small (50 cents for two) journal and told them they were our Prayer Journals.  I asked if each of us might write down prayer requests and praises, enough to fill the page.  Then, I asked if each student would like to share.  Not only were they happy to share, but they borrowed requests and praises from once another.  We then used these pages to compose a prayer together.  The goal is for each of us to fill out a page daily and then use the list for our prayer before bed.