About the author: Jim Burkhardt is a musician and educator in the Philadelphia area specializing in percussion. This is his second semester teaching with ASI. Jim aims to instill the importance of music, and it’s connection to culture and everyday life in his students, as well as expose them to music from around the world.
We have been starting class at Fishtown Recreation Center with a really cool movement activity centered around nature. We practice yoga poses that replicate things you might find in a garden such as a seed, a flower, a frog, a tree, or a butterfly.
This activity is a great way to get the students to be calm and ready for class. It also gives us the opportunity to talk about nature and what it means to us.
The Garden Yoga activity was such a hit in the Rec Center that we decided to try it with our class next door at the Fishtown library. The poses were a little harder for the younger students to grasp at first, but by the end of the activity they were really getting into it!
Here is a picture of a student from our Fishtown Library class rocking a flower pose!