How Do I Love You?

How Do I Love You

One of the things I love most about teaching yoga to children is that I get to combine both my love of books AND yoga.   Books are such a wonderful resource for teaching yoga to kids.  Almost any story that has animals or natural elements like trees, flowers, the sun, etc. can be the perfect springboard for introducing yoga poses.

This month’s theme in my classes is LOVE and I found the perfect book to use!

How Do I Love You? by Marion Dane Bauer   Each and every page provides a prompt for familiar yoga poses, as well as an opportunity for some creative movement and using their imagination to move like the characters in the story.

Here are just a few ideas for using this book to teach yoga and movement to your children or students, but feel free to use some of your own.  Be creative or let your child(ren) come up with their own ideas and PLAY yoga together!

How do I love you? Let me count the ways. 
I love you as the sun loves the bright blue days.  ( Sun Salutation)
I love you as the bee loves a fragrant flower.  (Bumble Bee Breath and Flower Pose)
I love you as the thirsty duck loves a sudden shower. (Waddle and Quack like a Duck)
I love you as the bird loves a song to sing. (Bird Pose)
I love you as the waking bear loves the smell of spring. (Move and Roar like a Bear)
I love you as the cat loves a sunny sill.  (Cat Pose)
And as the dancing snowflakes love the winter’s chill.  (Dance like a Falling Snowflake)
How do I love you? Let me tell you how.
I love you as the nest loves the sturdy bough.  (Tree Pose and Rest in Nest-Child’s Pose)
I love you as the sea loves the sandy shore. (Be Still as a Starfish)
And as the ancient world loved the dinosaur.  (Stomp like a Dinosaur)
I love you as the wind loves its own sweet sound.  (Move and Swish like the Wind)
And as our friendly Earth loves to spin around.  (Spin like the Earth)
I love you as the moon loves each shining star. 
I love all that you will be and everything you are.
Love You like the Trees

From How Do I Love You? Copyright © 2009 by Marion Dane Bauer.
Illustrations copyright © 2009 by Caroline Jayne Church.