The other day I taught Mindfulness and Yoga to the kiddies.
This is especially fun and challenging because the kiddies are 4 years old.
I know, right?!
I walk into the classroom and the students are already sitting in a circle on the rug. We have been doing this for a while so they know when I come they should have their Mindful Bodies on. Which means sitting in Easy Pose or criss-cross applesauce as it is sometimes called.
And so they wait on the rug. I come in with my big teacher bag of stuff and I find my spot on the rug. I ask them, “Are you ready?”
“Yes!” they say.
“You are in Easy Pose so I can tell you are ready.” I say.
They all smile.
“A” asks, “Where’s the chime?”
“It is coming.” I say.
The chime is how we begin class. The chime lives in a little brown box inside my teacher bag. The way it works is when I arrive in the circle I ring the chime. We all close our eyes and put our hands in the air. We keep our hands up and listen as long as we can. When the sound is gone, we put our hands down.
So, I ring the chime. When I peek out at them I can see “G” listening very hard, squinching her eyes shut, trying to hear the last bits of the chime sound fading away.
Soon, all the hands are down. “It is time for our breathing.” I say. “Put your hands on your belly!”
17 pairs of little hands go on their bellies. We breathe in and our bellies get bigger. We breathe out and our bellies get smaller. We breathe like this for five big breaths before we move on to our Feather Breath.
“Now it is time for our Feather Breath!” “G” gets her hands ready to float to the sky on the IN breath. Slowly the little hands go up in the air, and very slowly like a feather they float to the ground on the OUT breath. “Good job!” I say. We make eye contact and she smiles.
We move on to our Yoga. Today we are using ABC Yoga Cards. We are practicing our CAT pose. We add our COW pose, including mooing and meowing because after all, we are 4 years old. When we get to LION, the whole room roars.
Now it is almost time to end our Mindful Circle. I feel a little sad because I am receiving so much from the kiddies. Time goes fast when you are with the 4 year olds. Even though it is half and hour, it feels like 10 minutes. I take out RAINBOW FISH book and read them a story. When I finish I take out my chime so we can close just like we started.
When they see the chime come out, all the hands go up.
“Bring your hands to your heart.” I say.
Together we say, “In yoga we say, Namaste!”
As I am gathering my items to get on my way, “G” comes over and hugs my leg. I bend down to give her a hug back. “I like yoga.” “G” says, looking up at me.
“Me too “G”.” I say.
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