I had partially prepared for a little girl’s birthday party that I was supposed to be doing this Saturday when plans changed and the party had to be cancelled. I had a few ideas that I didn’t want to get lost, so I thought I would share them on the blog.
To me, girl power is about steering our little girls towards strength, self-esteem, self reliance, love…all of that and more! We need to let them know that they don’t have to fall into antiquated gender roles and that any path they choose to take is OK. They can be “girly”, they can like sports, they can want to be a veterinarian, and/or they can want to be a Mommy. It is such a big responsibility! Through yoga we can teach these lessons in a fun and empowering way.
This is not a full lesson plan. But here are some of my ideas. I welcome comments/ideas from others as well…maybe together we can pull together one FABULOUS girl power birthday party!
To start with, I wanted to find a book that has a great message for little girls and that would be really fun to act out with yoga poses. I did a google search and found this really great list of empowering books for girls. So many to choose from, but I chose The Paper Bag Princess, an old favorite of my daughter’s and mine
The Princess Elizabeth is supposed to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and carries off the prince. Princess Elizabeth outsmarts the dragon and SAVES the PRINCE!! The ungrateful, superficial prince scoffs at her attire when she shows up to rescue him…so she changes her mind and doesn’t marry him after all.
Elizabeth ~ Goddess or Warrior 1
Ronald ~ Warrior 2
Dragon ~ Dragon pose (lunge with knee down)
Dragon Breath while in Dragon Pose ~ found this video on YouTube that demonstrates Dragon Breath
Forest of burnt trees ~ group tree pose
Cave (Dragon’s Lair) ~ Could do tunnel of down dogs or wide leg forward folds or use a parachute for the cave
Flying Dragon Pose ~ Bird/Airplane pose
Crocodile pose ~ on the belly when the dragon collapses in exhaustion
~ YogaKids’ Reach for the Sun Breath paired with empowering affirmations like “I am strong” or “I am powerful.”
~ Goddess Tag ~ a version of ChildLight’s Triangle Tag, but you would freeze into Goddess pose instead of Triangle
~ I was also thinking of making our own paper bag princesses (an idea I got from this blog post )
~ I was working on a parachute game where each girl takes turns under the parachute with a cape on…a sort of yoga SuperGirl…but I haven’t worked it all out yet. I’ll keep you posted!
I can’t wait to actually use this lesson plan and expand on it! Maybe soon?! Comments, additions, suggestions are welcome!