First I must give you the background on my inspiration for these rhymes... Kira Willey has a beautiful album called Dance for the Sun which many kids yoga teachers use. Her songs have rad rhymes and bodacious beats that younger kids will groove with. The biggest hit on the Album is also called Dance for the Sun, which is a fun & easy to remember version of a Sun Salutation for children. Click here to have a listen and see the sun dance in action.
I love it, kids love it, BUT the only thing is that when I play the same song over and over and over and over, week after week - they get bored. SO! To solve this problem, I have created a number of theme-based rhymes which you can sing or speak that follow the same pattern of lyrics and tone but with new words to give the children the variety they crave. The first one I will share with you is to honour the fathers in our lives. It touches on many of the activities that father's like to partake in...
Dad's, here's to you and all that you do!
Stretch up high, wave to your dad
(Stand in mountain pose, extend arms up overhead & wave!)
Hang down low, tickle his toes
(Forward fold & pretend to tickle toes in front of you)
Feet jump back, into dad’s car
(Bend the knees, plan hands down and jump feet back into plank pose)
Belly down, let’s ride it around
(Bending at the elbows, lower your body down to the ground)
Look up at the mountains
(Press the hands into the ground, to straighten the arms into cobra pose)
Then back at the golf course
(Knees under hips, curl the toes under & shift into downward dog)
& breathe, & breathe, & breathe
(Take 3 big breaths in through the nose and out through the nose, filling the belly BIG like a balloon when you breathe in, and letting all the air out when you breathe out)
Feet jump up, into the boat
(Hop the feet up, into a frog squat)
Hang down low, grab the fishing pole
(Straighten the legs, forward fold)
Stretch up high & cast your line
(Reach both arms up over head and pretend to cast your fishing pole)
Now love you pose
(End in a big self hug, wrapping hands to opposite shoulders)
So for that dad who has it all, why not express your love for him in the form of a Sun Dance! I hope that you might share this with your littles and their dad to celebrate on Sunday.
I look forward to sharing more of these unique theme-based Sun Dances in the weeks and months to come. Until then, stay true. Be bright, be bold, be you!
Hugs & Love,