Exploring yoga through stories

A tale of toddlers, and Gruffalo Yoga…

At the start of the summer, I completed my toddler yoga training with Birthlight. This is a follow on from the baby yoga  for mobile babies– for the next stage of your child’s development.

Child peering through adult's legs
Peek a boo!

As a previous children’s specialist bookseller, I am thrilled that this stage can now include storytelling as part of the class. Some classes  follow a simple narrative throughout the class, like a trip to the beach. Others can use a storybook as inspiration for the moves and games in the class. This inspired me to take a look at one of my favourite children’s storybooks – The Gruffalo – and make it into a yoga story.

In the beginning…

The first session was held in Dunfermline Public Park – where there is a Gruffalo and Mouse woodcarving, by local wood artist Johnny Chainsaw. There are also other woodland creatures, and a mystical wizard in the School Wood beside the park, and there is a seat for the Dunfermline Giant. The park is definitely worth a visit if you like a nice wander in the woods – and excitingly, come November, there will be a brand new playpark too! (I’m very excited about this – we love a playpark!)

Back to the yoga though – the first session sold out, as did the second session. The day was glorious, and Rachel from Shootsweet Photography came to take photos of the first session. She really managed to capture the mood of the class, and you can see her wonderful photos below.

A move indoors, and a new venue…

Next outing for the Gruffalo yoga was in Edinburgh, at the end of the festival. It was meant to be another yoga in the park event, but the week before the classes, the weather forecast for the day started to look bad, then worse… the tail end of an Atlantic storm was due to hit the UK. Cue a frantic scramble for an indoor venue (note to self: always have a back up!)

Luckily, I struck gold with St Stephen’s Stockbridge agreeing to accommodate us. It was a stroke of luck in more ways than one, as they have now also agreed to accommodate us for a monthly toddler story yoga class!

Future Story Yoga Adventures…

So, a new chapter is about to begin. Join me in Edinburgh for our story yoga sessions on the following dates : 

Sunday 30 September – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury (bring your teddy!)

Sunday 28 October – Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Hallowe’en session – feel free to dress up!)

Sunday 18 November – Draw me a Star by Eric Carle

Sunday 16 December – The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Xmas jumpers optional)

Sessions are kept small, to ensure the space doesn’t get too busy – so booking is essential. Tickets are available for the September session now, with the other sessions going on sale shortly.

I will soon be introducing family yoga sessions for older children, but at present, the toddler yoga sessions are suitable for 2-4 year olds and their parents. Siblings are also welcome to come along, I will always work to accommodate them in the session too.

I hope to see you all on the mats – I love sharing these yoga tales with you!

Sarah x

Photograph of young child sitting on mothers knee, holding a ball. Mother is kissing the childtwo children in foreground, looking up, open mouthed, in lion breath pose. adults and children in background watching on.

2 thoughts on “Exploring yoga through stories”

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