Kids love ice cream!
Kids love silliness!
Kids love savasana!
Yes, you read that right.
I used to be surprised when kids begged for a longer savasana at the end of class (or begged to begin with one!) especially when the begging was coming from the most movement-seeking, attentionally-challenged kids in the class. But now I’ve come to expect their enthusiasm. After a moment or two of settling in, it feels fantastic to lay still but not be going to bed. It’s not often that any of us make space to truly quiet down and have no demands or distractions to respond to. With the the lights dimmed, and action quieted, the sensory load on growing brains is diminished, and kids seem hungry for that pause.
Some adult savasanas are done in silence, and I appreciate the good of that, the “truly nothing” happening in the room.
However, music, as they say, hath charms…and the right music can set a soothing tone, influence deeper, slower breathing, encourage kids to focus their thoughts, or make it clear that big feelings are okay.
The music I choose for savasana depends on the age of the kids, the themes we’ve explored that day, and the specific group I’m working with. Since we often begin with focused breathing or a guided visualization, that’s a good place for wordless music. Once we’re simply resting, I like to add a song or two with a peaceful, encouraging, open-hearted message, or one that suggests some easy mental imagery for kids to follow. Some of my current faves are listed below. Share yours in the comments section!
Savasana music – instrumental
Tortoise from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens
Lullaby (Sandman) by George Winston
Accordion Bells by Leo Kottke
Farewell (From the Million Dollar Arm Soundtrack) by A.R. Rahman
Love Me by Yiruma
Wishful Thinking by The Album Leaf
Brooks Cabin (from the Fronteir House Soundtrack) by Edward Bilous
Prelude and Yodel by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Savasana music – with lyrics
Colors by Kira Wiley
Blackbird by The Beatles
Take a Little Walk with Me by Alastair Moock (with Elizabeth Mitchell)
Little Boat by Jennifer Gasoi
Rainbow by Charlie Hope
Queen of the Earth, Child of the Stars by Leela and Ellie Grace
Oh, Watch the Stars by Elizabeth Mitchell (with Aoife O’Donovan)
Breathe by The Rockdoves
Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
In The Clouds by Laurie Berkner
Quiet One by Big Little Lions
Pink Moon by Nick Drake
The Best Day by Taylor Swift
Keep Breathing by Ingrid Michaelson
(kids 10 and up seem to especially love these last two)