How can you get kids stretching during transitions, learning about ecology, focusing their mind on their own body, and exercising their imagination at the same time?
Answer: Imagination Stretches!
Imagination Stretches looks at yoga from the perspective of the animal or the character of the pose in relation to survival needs. Tidbits of information about animal ecology make the poses come alive in kids’ imaginations as they stretch and strengthen their bodies.
Following are scripts for poses and corresponding pictures for easy printout. They help the teacher guide students in imagination and experiential understanding of flexibility, strength, and posture. The poses include some of the traditional yoga poses as well as some of my own creation.