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Dance for the Sun

by Kira Willey

A totally unique album of kids' yoga songs--with a little doowop, a bit of jazz, and some African tribal music--that's great to listen to, as well as fun to use with the illustrated booklet for musical family yoga!
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dance For the Sun
2:48 $0.99
2. Let's Go to Work
1:59 $0.99
3. Black Dog in the River
1:59 $0.99
4. The Shimmy
1:45 $0.99
5. The Dancing Mountain
2:01 $0.99
6. Midnight Moonlight
2:40 $0.99
7. Caterpillar Caterpillar
2:17 $0.99
8. Big Brown Bear
2:01 $0.99
9. Colors
2:25 $0.99
10. Surfer Mama
2:47 $0.99
11. The Sound I Found
2:34 $0.99
12. Making Pie
3:00 $0.99
13. Namaste Song
1:34 $0.99
14. Banile
1:26 $0.99
15. Welcome to Fireflies
1:31 $0.99
16. Dance For the Sun (yoga track)
4:33 $0.99
17. Let's Go to Work (yoga track)
2:17 $0.99
18. Black Dog in the River (yoga track)
2:36 $0.99
19. The Shimmy (yoga track)
1:53 $0.99
20. The Dancing Mountain (yoga track)
2:52 $0.99
21. Midnight Moonlight (yoga track)
3:15 $0.99
22. Caterpillar Caterpillar (yoga track)
2:16 $0.99
23. Big Brown Bear (yoga track)
3:11 $0.99
24. Colors (yoga track)
2:25 $0.99
25. Surfer Mama (yoga track)
3:42 $0.99
26. The Sound I Found (yoga track)
2:31 $0.99
27. Making Pie (yoga track)
4:32 $0.99
28. Namaste Song (yoga track)
1:32 $0.99
29. Peace & Joy
1:15 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
\"Dance for the Sun: Yoga Songs for Kids\" is the Winner of two Independent Music Awards: Best Children\'s Album and Best Song (\"caterpillar caterpillar\"); a 2007 Parents\' Choice Award, and two Children\'s Music Web Awards: Best Recording for Preschoolers and Best Song (\"caterpillar caterpillar\").

\"Three out of three stars--surefire hit! Don\'t let the Yoga Songs for Kids subtitle fool you, this is not New Agey meditation music. Written to correspond to yoga poses, these songs are joyful, upbeat, and eminently danceable. Willey\'s vocals have a breezy coffeehouse quality that will appeal to listeners young and old alike.\" -Cookie magazine

\"This new album inspires young and old(er) with hip tunes that range from bluegrass to doo-wop. The accompanying booklet will have you all crawling like caterpillars, pretending to surf, and doing other fun exercises that build strength and flexibility...\"-Parenting.com Editor\'s Pick

\"Dance for the Sun: Yoga Songs for Kids\" is the debut album from children\'s yoga teacher, songwriter and mom Kira Willey. Inspired by jazz, doowop, bluegrass, and African tribal songs, Dance for the Sun is a unique collection of great family music. \"The song(s) would definitely work in a very hip children\'s film or children\'s TV...the chord choices are very strong...the lyrics are great, very cool and original,\" writes Julie Alexander, Talent Coordinator for Flight Safe Music. But Dance for the Sun is more than just great music - it\'s also a fun way for you and your child to do yoga together. Kids will build strength, flexibility and confidence while having a blast surfing the waves, crawling like a caterpillar, and going on many other musical yoga adventures!

The CD includes a beautifully illustrated, instructional booklet, and 16 Bonus Yoga Tracks. Listen to the Yoga Tracks and join in as Kira takes you through musical segments of a Fireflies Musical Yoga class. With the help of Pose Key figures on each page of the booklet, you\'ll see how the poses and movements fit with each song. The Yoga Tracks include live African percussion and the happy sounds of the children participating in the class.

Kira Willey began playing violin at the age of five. As an adult she taught herself guitar and mandolin, and has been writing songs from the time she was a teenager. Before having her own kids, Kira taught music to young children in New York City, where she found that the most fun and effective parts of class were when the children were able to get up and jump, dance, and move. Having practiced yoga for ten years, Kira had the idea to combine music and yoga as a way to fully engage kids - giving them the wonderful benefits of yoga, plus the joy and benefits of exposure to different styles of music.

So when she began teaching kids\' yoga, Kira brought along her guitar. The children loved it when she sang and played in class, and they always asked for more music! Kira created Fireflies Musical Yoga for Kids, and began writing more and more songs to use in class, which led to the recording of Dance for the Sun.

Children\'s yoga is booming as more and more parents realize the many benefits of yoga for kids: development of motor coordination, balance, and body awareness; increased respect for themselves, others, and the world around them; and improved self-esteem and ability to focus. Practicing yoga with your child is also a fun, playful way to strengthen your bond - and the totally unique Dance for the Sun package provides everything you need to practice yoga as a family. Plus, these are songs you\'ll all love to listen to again and again!



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Renee McCall

Highly recommend for classroom or home use!
This CD has been a great addition to my Yoga for Kids program. Over 300 children, the best critics of all, enjoy the music and have all given it a thumbs up!

Mary Vawn

My Sanity
I love this CD. I bought it for my 15 month old son because he loved the dell commercial. He just loves the whole thing. It is the one thing that will calm and soothe him in an instant. It works when he's tired, when he's teething and when he has ear infections. Every parent, teacher and care giver should own this. Thanks for giving me back my sanity, this CD is pure Genius.

jessica legere

My 7 yr. old son wants to practice Yoga when he hears it!
The first time my son and I listened to it we couldn't stop moving and dancing. I used it for my first yoga kids class and it was helpful.. especially the sun salutation song.
It's great!


Dance for the Sun
Incredibly innovative, and a must have! My girls and I started singing along after only hearing the songs one time. Surfer Mama is the most feel-good song we've ever heard. This is a great way to get your kids to move their bodies for health. I've told all of my friends. We love it.


Very sweet. My toddler and I love it and are busy practising being caterpillars. Sydney, Australia.

Steph K.

Wonderful! More than just a great yoga CD! Great music variety!
Our whole family loves this CD and each of us have our favorite songs. I love the variety of music styles on one CD - Kira is a very versatile song-writer, and we never get tired of hearing the CD over and over! I found myself singing a few of the songs to myself yesterday, and heard my daughter singing Sun Salutation while she was playing. When I first listened to the CD, I was trying to figure out how to do the yoga to the songs, then realized there is a whole "part II" that guides you through all the yoga positions. It's very "fun" with the happy sounds of the kids participating, and Kira seems to really enjoy leading the kids through the poses which makes it fun. We haven't done the yoga yet - my kids will need visual demonstration, because they are both under 5. They are eager for me to have this new baby so I can BEND enough to demonstrate!! This CD is WELL worth the money, and is more than just a great yoga CD - we listen to the music in the car all the time. I highly recommend it!


I Love This CD!
What a treat it was to get this CD. Kira has a beautiful voice and the lyrics are so well written. This CD is a great mix of fun, gentle, playful, restful, inspiring, and spunky. I LOVE the Surfer Mamma song! I also really appreciate the second set of songs that include her instruction.


Dance For The Sun
A beautiful and fun way to teach the Sun Salutatin to children. Imaginative and playful, my students loved it and couldn't wait to learn this version of the dance. Even the youngest of my students (24 mos) caught on quickly. But was cool enough to keep my older students interested too (13 yrs). They love to sing along and chant. I would love wall sized posters to show the poses, to go along with it. I highly recommend this to both parents and teachers.

Shannon Petty

Dance for the Sun
I practice yoga regularly, but when my daughter's 2nd grade Montessori class asked me to teach them yoga once a week, I was at a loss for what kind of music they would enjoy. I found your CD on line, and I'm not sure who loves it more, me or them! It is really perfect.
Thank you!


Great music
I just love Kira's music!
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