We play the Yoga Game!

We play the Yoga Game!

 Fresh from a seminar-workshop on how to teach yoga to young children, I am excited to encourage our preschoolers to play the Hatha yoga game.  The game is consist of many yoga  poses which imitate things we find in nature.  Our preschoolers, for sure, would love to pretend they are a tree or an animal, and connect with the natural world around them.
Yoga game is not about competition among our preschoolers.  The child would never be forced the posture.   The children would be encouraged to do the pose within the limit of their own body.  The poses would be done in comfortable and enjoyable ways.
Being a yoga enthusiast, I believe that our children would derive much benefits from the game.  Yoga relaxes the mind and the body as well as improve confidence, coordination, concentration, flexibility and strength. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface.

The images below are taken from the book,  The Yoga Game, authored by Yogi Kathy Beliveau.

Each pose is practice  for one session of about 20-30 minutes each day, while keeping the body relaxed and the breathing slow and steady.
Pose l 
I flit and flutter everywhere, happy, free, as light as air.  With silent grace, I land on things, and sunlight dances on my wings.  What am I?

 I am a butterfly!

 Pose 2
Softer than a breath, that's me.  I'm known to be bumbly.  A ball of black and yellow fuzz, my song is like a low, deep buzzzzz.  What am I?

 I am a bumblebee!

 Pose 3
One foot stands planted on the ground, and in my mind I send roots down. Balancing, my arms stretch high, like branches reaching to the sky.  What am I?
I am a tree!

 Pose 4
I love a place that's warm and nice, to rest my paws and dream of mice.  Where in between my nap and snack, there's time to arch and stretch my back.  What am I?
 I am a cat!

 Pose 5

 Pose 6

 Pose 7

 Pose 8

 Pose 9

 Pose 10
They call me King, though I have no crown.  But I can make a mighty sound!  I crouch down low on the jungle floor.  And then I leap and pounce and ROAR!  What am I?

Pose 11
 I am a dolphin!

Pose 12
I stretch my arms and legs out wide, I hold my head with grace and pride.  I glow and twinkle and shine so bright.  It feels good to share my light.  What am I?
 I am a star!

 Pose l3

 Pose l4

Pose l5
Slow and steady wins the race.  I do not like a hectic pace.  A simple shell is all I own, to go within, to be at home.  What am I?
I am a tortoise!

Pose l6
I breathe the air, the air breathes me.  I am the land.  I am the sea.  I am a cloud that drifts above.  I am special.  I am love.   What am I?
 I am me!

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