This Story and Stretch lesson aligns the Biblical story of Palm Sunday with the healing practice of yoga, to guide people of all ages to experience a deeper embodiment of their faith. Each element of the session is uniquely crafted to help participants explore Mark 11:1-11 through their breath, body, and brain, renewing their connection to God at every level of their being.
Energetic Warm-Up: Breath Practice
Spiritual Warm-Up: Christian Meditation
Mental Warm-Up: Mindfulness Practice
Physical Warm-Up: Son Salutations
Story: Jesus Enter Jerusalem
Recreating the Story Using Yoga Poses
Story and Stretch was created by Michel Le Gribble-Dates, mother, certified yoga instructor, and former Director of Children's Ministries.
Story and Stretch has been transformative in our church. The practice of integrating yoga with Biblical storytelling has engaged children of all ages in new ways while cultivating healthy practices for mindfulness and prayer.
- Jami Vandock, Director of Christian Education for Children and Youth
Our children today are bombarded with noise and stimulation. Story and Stretch equips them with strategies to find an inner quiet, to combat the chaos of the world, and to be embraced by the truth of God’s love for them.
- Elizabeth Snelbake, Director of Christian Education
The best Storytellers use their bodies to tell the story. Story & Stretch is our resource to gather the children and tell the Bible lesson each day of VBS. It is also on our schedule as the resource for Sunday morning faith formation and intergenerational gatherings!
- Charlotte Allbright, Director of Christian Formation and Education
I liked learning a lot of new yoga poses. It was fun.
- Camden, 2nd grader
Story and Stretch is a very modern approach to teaching classic Bible stories incorporating movement and mindfulness to children. Myself and the participating children at the church enjoyed it immensely.
- Meredith, Parent