Our Christian scriptures are clear - we are not simply incarnated souls. We are living bodies. And our physical existence is God’s perfect will. 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 Old Testament 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, Old Testament 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.
I love using Story and Stretch as a fun way to teach Bible Stories through movement, practicing mindfulness, and listening to God! The kids love the challenge and enjoy the exercise.
-Angela Grover, Director of Christian Education
I have seen children, youth, and adults engage with scripture in a new way, explore and wonder about our faith stories, and confidently retell the story. I find it to the perfect way to help children get their hearts, minds, and bodies ready for a night of VBS.
-Charlotte Allbright, Director of Christian Formation and Education
At the end of meditating, I feel like I have a fresh start.
-Jayden, 2nd grader
To anyone who is considering a Story and Stretch Teaching Workshop, do it! I now have a greater understanding of what programs I would love to see taught to every child. I also know now I can teach children yoga and have started to teach my grandkids. Thank you, once again, Michel for sharing your wealth of knowledge.
-Christine Bickal, Grandmother and Aspiring Kids Yoga Instructor
*** PHOTOS IN DESCRIPTION WERE TAKEN DURING LIVE STORY & STRETCH: NARRATIVE YOGA FOR KIDS CLASSES IN CHURCHES, YOGA STUDIOS, AND SCHOOLS