Our Christian scriptures are filled with embodied, tangible practices. From the Eucharist to Jesus’ miles of walking to His act of spitting in mud, making a paste, and putting it on a man’s eyes to heal him, the root of Christianity is embodied and tangible.
However, many Christians today lack an embodiment of their faith. Story and Stretch: Narrative Yoga for Kids offers a framework in which to explore scriptural truths through body movement.
The ten Story and Stretch lesson plans included in this book combine Gospel stories with the healing practice of yoga, to offer children of all ages the opportunity to experience their bodies as sacred places to dialogue with God. Each lesson contains a different breathing practice, mindfulness activity, Gospel story, sequence of yoga poses designed to recreate the story, suggestions for relaxation time, and discussion questions.
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
*** PHOTOS IN DESCRIPTION ABOVE ARE INCLUDED IN THE INDEX OF THIS BOOK - AS WELL AS DOZENS MORE!