Last week, as the snow approached and the energy from our conferences peaked, I found myself in need of calming my entire class down… quickly. I know, this is the situation in most kindergarten rooms most of the time, but let’s just say the energy was overflowing and I needed to squelch it.

As the case with many folks with ADD, my mind can be like a tornado… all the thoughts and information are swirling around at high speed and it actually takes effort to grab one for my use. Luckily, at this moment, as the noise increased and my nerves began to rattle, I was able to pluck a useful gem out of the chaos in my mind.

“Girls and boys, has anyone ever heard of yoga?” I asked.

A few hands went up, but mostly I got perplexed looks.

“Yoga is the little green guy from Star Wars! I love Yoga!” Andy shouted.

My need for yoga increased.

“No, yoga is actually something you do with your body to help you stay strong, but it also relaxes your mind and relieves stress,” I explained.

“I do yoga sometimes, would you like to learn some poses?” I offered.

To be honest, I’ve only gone to a few yoga class with different friends that have dragged me… I do like it, but I don’t do it regularly.

With that, I modeled the tree pose. A silence came over the room as I watched my little sprouts try to be tall trees. I explained the slow intentional breathing. We then moved into the warrior pose. I did my best, trying to sound like the yoga expert I’m not, but they did well and actually begged to do more.

I was telling my friend Susan this story because she IS a yoga expert. She suggested I share the lion pose with my class. Apparently you stick your tongue out as far as you can and make a lion growl with your throat. All I could think was, ‘Heck Yeah!’ they are going to love that pose. We’ll be tree loving warrior lions in no time.


SassyGinger said...

Do you have Greg and Steve's Kids In Motion CD? I usually use it for the regular Pre-K favs - Freeze Dance and Animal Actions but recently discovered a new one. The Balancing Act. Its like "yoga wanna be!" We turn our bodies into giraffes, mountains, sitting in a chair, a circus ball, and our favorite - banana boat. You lay on your stomach and grab your feet!

M Sauerborn said...

hmmmm, yoga. When i introed it to the kinders, I asked who knew what it was. one "sprout" said "It is the exercise that calms your mind" silence fell as the others contemplated that. (actual silence!) then they all shrugged or nodded, and accepted that like nothing i could have "taught" . they now pick it at play time

maria said...

We love http://www.myfirstyoga.com/
I met Abbey at a Life is Good training; she is wonderful and her kids yoga is great too!

Mister said...

@SassyGinger - I have another of their CDs, but not that one, I may need to check it out.

@Maria - I'm going to investigate, thanks for the tip! )