Library stretches out yoga programming

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With a silly song about going to work instructing them, the kids listened and did all sorts of stretches and yoga positions, like a chair pose while pretending to type away at their imaginary work desks.

Children practice downward dog at the Medfield Public Library’s yoga class with Erin Mann. Photos by Laura Drinan

Children practice downward dog at the Medfield Public Library’s yoga class with Erin Mann. Photos by Laura Drinan

Erin also led the kids to apply make-believe sunscreen on their face, neck, and arms, which segued into doing shoulder rolls and arm stretches. They also lied down on their backs for the fish pose while listening to a funny song about fishes doing everyday human tasks.

 Led by Erin Mann, the Medfield Library’s yoga class challenges children to think about their muscles and breathing. Photos by Laura Drinan

Led by Erin Mann, the Medfield Library’s yoga class challenges children to think about their muscles and breathing. Photos by Laura Drinan

During the session, the children were also asked to focus on their breathing. Erin reminded the children to listen to their bodies when they were doing the more complicated poses, like the seahorse, which tasked the yogis to lie on their stomachs and hold their ankles.

Towards the end of the yoga class, Erin read a Mother’s Day-themed book and assigned “homework” to the children. Their assignment? To pass kindness on to someone meaningful in their lives.

During shavasana, a quiet resting time at the end of a yoga session, the children laid down on their backs and Erin placed a rubber duck on each child’s stomach. She challenged them to be still enough during shavasana to keep the duck in the same spot while they listened to peaceful music.

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