Once again Storytime Yoga brings the health and joy of yoga and storytelling to children and families. The follow-up to the award-nominated book Storytime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story, The Treasure in Your Heart: Yoga and Stories for Peaceful Children brings the universal wisdom of yoga philosophy using interfaith stories to teach peace and character education to children and families. This book, for teachers and parents to share with the children ages 6 and up, has 26 teaching tales culled from the world's faith traditions. It features such gems as Mohammad and the Cat from Islam about kindness, Brahma's Tears from Hinduism about unity, Calming the Storm from Christianity about courage, and Conejito and the Wax Doll from Native America about anger management. Plus, there are many stories from African, Buddhist and Sufi traditions as well. This book also focuses on meditation and relaxation for children to improve health and literacy, and features follow-up activities and the classic Storytime Yoga method of yoga poses scripted with the stories!
I was delighted to receive this cornucopia of items from Storytime Yoga‘s creator Sydney Solis. After reading her bio, I can safely say that Ms. Solis has created a yoga program that is full of love, dedication and the amazing art of story telling! She is truly one of the pioneers of the art form and I can hear her rallying cry of “We can get kids moving using story telling, vivid imagery and movement.” Without a doubt, Ms. Solis embraces “educate the whole child!”
The original Storytime Yoga” Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story (Book) was one of the first books I ever bought as I began my own yoga journey. The book includes sample stories that are ancient tales brought to life with yoga movement and a “moral”. You can follow these examples, but I feel the main object of the book is to give the freedom to you to use your own stories, to find your own voice.
With The Treasure in Your Heart: Yoga Stories for Peaceful Children (Book), Ms. Solis’ passion for bringing the teaching of yoga into her lessons is in full swing. This book is very user friendly and very spiritual. The story of her life she shares at the beginning, is such an honest and open introduction to who she is, that you cannot be but pulled in. Her mission is clear “to educate children in yoga through story by offering them tools for mental and physical health” which she obviously embraces fully. This books includes a nice collection of photographs of children doing the yoga poses.
Peace, for the Children: Yoga, Story, Dance and Mantra Music for Children (CD) uses story, music and mantra. Through the telling of multicultural teaching tales, these story songs develop focus, inner peace and creativity. The rhythms, the repetition,the movements and the affirmations through mantra together are an all encompassing balance of body, mind and spirit. Some of my favorites were: a. Breath It In= Cool and jazzy! b. Om Mani Padme Hum=good giggle song and a good dance song. Make up moves for a repetitive sequence to create a moving meditation. c. The Golden Fish=love the steel drum, island vibe. d. The Skelton’s Ball (especially the Spanish version, Chumba La Chumba) So much fun to sing along!
The Peddler’s Dream: Yoga with a story about following your heart (DVD) The story is very nice and I love the connecting the yoga pose as they help you embody the lesson from the story. This also includes a lovely guided meditation for the end of the yoga lesson. It is very relaxing, especially for young children who are usually very squirmy.
This is a very accessible program, making it great for both practitioners and non-practitioners of yoga to use. Personally, I have found the teachings from the two books to be an invaluable addition to my own teachings. I have used the wisdom of the story teller in many situations. Thank you Ms. Solis! Deep gratitude! I highly recommend Storytime Yoga. Go forth and give yoga!
Thank you to the Sydney Solis for sending me this amazing bundle! All opinions are my own.