But, about 10 little kids were waiting on yoga and no teacher today. So, I
At first I didn't remember how I used to teach kids yoga. I did remember meowing in cats pose and mooing in cow pose. And since the little ones weren't sitting on their mats quietly in meditation waiting for class to start like my adult classes do, I had to think quick.
OK everyone, mountain pose.
Surprisingly they all quickly stopped running around and found mountain pose.
And on top of the mountain there was a... tree!
We all found tree pose.
Hey, this is working.
OK, so we are on a mountain. And on top of the mountain is a tree. Standing on the mountain I see a... star!
We all find star pose.
This is really working!
We are all standing on a mountain. On the mountain is a tree. And we can see a star. Also on the mountain is a .... dog!
Ten little butts are quickly sticking up in the air for downward dog pose.
Eventually we came up with quite an interesting yoga story full of yoga poses.
We are standing on top of a mountain. On top of the mountain is a tree. We can see a bright star. Also on the mountain is a dog. Sitting next to a big rock. On top of the rock is a cat. Looking at the cat is a cow. The cow starts mooing to warn us there is a snake nearby. But it's OK because a lion scares away the snake. Then a bee scares away the lion! The bee lands on a warrior. The warrior flies away on an airplane. The airplane lands on the sun. The dog, the cat, the cow, the snake, the bee and the warrior are all so tired they have to lay down and take a nap.
I ended up having as much fun as the kids did and it made me smile when I heard one little girl say she wanted to take yoga again with Miss Jennifer.
Although that was sweet, I am ready to return the kids yoga class back to the current teacher. I won't hesitate to fill in again when needed, but there's a lot less meowing and mooing in my adult classes.
English/Kids Name to Sanskrit
Mountain - Tadasana
Tree - Vriksasana
Star - Utthita Tadasana
Dog - Adho Mukha Svanasana
Rock - Balasana
Snake - Bhujangasana
Lion - Simhasana (pranayama)
Bee - Brahmari (pranayama)
Airplane - Virabhadrasana III
Sun - Utkata Konasana
Nap - Savasana