This month, my friend Gisele from Kids’ Yoga Stories challenged us to come up with a Weather Yoga sequence for kids. Ella recently attended her first Raffi concert so this Mister Sun Yoga sequence seemed like the natural choice! (Check out our other yoga sequences for kids here.)
By picking a song kids are very familiar with, they can rely on the lyrics of the song to serve as cues for their yoga sequence. Make sure to pick a short song – while we have previously done longer songs (like with our Circle of Life yoga sequence) I prefer to start out with smaller sequences and just a handful of poses.
Also for ease, I stuck to one pose per line of the song. I encouraged the kids to count to ten in between each line so they weren’t rushing between the poses. This is a great warm-up yoga sequence that you can use before a longer yoga session or just to help center children before another activity.
Let’s get started!
“Oh Mister Sun, sun, sun, Mister golden sun, please shine down on me.”
Raise your arms straight above your head and look up. Feel the sun’s rays warming your face.
“Oh mister sun, sun, mister golden sun, hiding behind the trees.”
Place your hands in a prayer pose, at the center of your chest, pressing your hands together for balance. Bend your knee and rest your foot on either your calf or your thigh – avoiding putting pressure on your joints.
(Ella was just falling out of position as I snapped this picture – I’m all about keeping it real and not having her re-do the pose in order to get the shot!)
“These little children are asking you, to please come out so we can play with you.”
Press out from Tree Pose to stretch your arms out to the sides and space your legs slightly wider than hip width, but still within your control.
ADVANCED MODIFICATION: for the “to please come out so we can play with you” lyric, advanced yogis can stretch into dancer’s pose before returning to sun salutation.
“Oh mister sun, sun, mister golden sun, please shine down on me.”
Finish the sequence back in sun salutation.
Feel free to repeat the sequence as many times as you like, or transition to a different favourite song. We like to repeat the sequence at least once so we can do tree pose on each side.
Do you practice yoga with your kids? What’s your favourite way to get moving with your kids?