Tuesday, December 21, 2021

The Gingerbread Man; Story and Yoga

The Gingerbread Man is a fun story to share with kids during the holiday season. Its many messages offer opportunities for various concepts to consider and this timeless tale speaks to kids of today. 

After you bake up some sweet gingerbread cookies and sip a mug of warm cocoa, you just might find it's the perfect time to read a story a then get a yummy stretch in with a few yoga poses!

There are quite a few poses you can practice with all the characters and action in the story; Warrior I and Warrior II, triangle pose, downward facing dog, seated forward fold and others. Let's begin by becoming the Gingerbread Man with Mountain pose, the foundational pose from which all other standing poses arise. 

Mountain pose centers us bringing us into the present moment. We become aware of the body and breath. The true purpose of yoga is to bring us into present moment awareness, with a calm, clear mind so that we can deal with challenging situations in a responsible way. 

Gingerbread Man Pose

Stand tall in Mountain pose, which is an active pose. It may not look like much, but keeping your body aligned is work. Becoming aware of the body helps improve posture, balance, and calm focus. It increases awareness and develops stability. 

Stand with feet slightly apart, arms by your sides, press your feet into the ground and gently pull in the belly. Your shoulders, head, neck and spine are in a straight line reaching high towards the sky. The gaze is soft. Breathe, slow and deep, in and out. Notice how your feel. Perhaps warm and sweet like a Gingerbread Man!

You can practice Mountain Pose many times throughout your normal day. Once you get the hang of the correct alignment, you may find yourself standing and sitting straighter with a calm, clear mind! 

Stay centered my friends, and may you have a peace filled holiday, 

FREE resources for using story and yoga in your home or school classrooms. 

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Sunday, December 5, 2021

Recent Indie Reviews

I definitely have a lot going on with a new book in the works, the holidays upon us and an upcoming move to another state, gratefully my yoga practice keeps me grounded in the here and now. 

So here I am now helping other indie authors, 😉 #authorshelpingauthors. As my new author friend Julie Cassetta would say," kindness is contagious!" And couldn't we all use a little more kindness in our lives?

Included are a couple of yoga poses for each review; cuz that's what I do, connect mind and body through story and yoga. Story and yoga promote literacy, health, and well-being. The power of story and the wisdom of yoga enhance kids' natural curiosity about the world while encouraging their innate creativity, and engaging them in mindful movement. 

Hope you enjoy a mini yoga storytelling adventure!

Pippin Moves to the City by Julia Seaborn

A playful puppy! Pippin is reluctant to leave behind his familiar home for the unknown. Yet, his playful nature takes him on adventures where he makes lots of new friends. Bright, cheerful illustrations make this a perfect story for littles!

Yoga; Downward facing dog for Pippin of course, and Shoulder stand for Blossom the possum because he's always upside down

How to Hug a Cloud by Jacqueline Vollet

Try, try again! Resourceful Lily wants to hug a cloud. This is a sweet rhyming story that encourages creative thought and action. Kids will learn; if at first you don’t succeed…try, try again!

Yoga; Savasana for Lily as she stretches out and looks up at the sky, and Tree pose cuz she climbs a tree to get up in the air

Have You Seen My Friend? by Monica Kang

Friends to cherish! Monica introduces kids to the friends that live inside us; curiosity, courage, and creativity. Sometimes they play hide and seek but when we find them, they give us more LIFE to each day!

Yoga; Victory pose for the friends that live inside us, and Triangle pose for the adventures where we touch the earth while reaching for the sky

Emma’s Magic Postcards by Barbara Caison

Imaginative! In this magical story kids learn about other cultures as they take imaginative trips around the world. With super cute illustrations and sweet graphics that surround the rhyming text, you never know what might be coming up next!

Yoga; Breath of Joy for joyous Emma, and Warrior II because she reaches out far and wide while travelling the world in her imagination 

Magical Mia by Julie Cassetta

The Magic of Kindness! This story encourages children to share their magic. Kids learn that being kind and helping others gives them a sparkly, magical feeling. Kindness is contagious. We all have the power to make the world beautiful and bright!

Yoga; partner poses like Seated wide legged forward bend and Warrior III because helping others gives us a sparkly, magical feeling

Feeling sparkly, 


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