Dragon Voyage Camp at Austin Kula Yoga: Activities, books, and more!


Books and stories from this week:
[Each day of camp included a yoga class themed around a dragon story from a different culture. Here are the books we used as sources.]
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Several chapters were read aloud to the group each day. They loved this story, and lucky for you, there are two sequels if you want to continue the magic.  These books are perfect for pre-bedtime read-alouds.
The Dragon Prince by Laurence Yep
Chinese "Beauty and the Beast" folktale about a water dragon.
Awakening the Dragon: The Dragon Boat Festival by Alene Chan
Nonfiction book about the origins and rituals connected to the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival.
Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam by Sherry Garland
Myths and folktales from Vietnam. In our class, we talked about a creation myth from Vietnam and why the Vietnamese refer to themselves as "children of the dragon and fairy."
Krishna and Kaliya:
A well-known tale from India about how the young Krishna defeats the poisonous serpent Kaliya. 
Other Dragon Books we like:
Behold the Dragons by Gail Gibbons
A great, kid-friendly resource book about dragon stories from around the world.
Waking Dragons by Jane Yolen
The Boy Who Painted Dragons by Demi
Again! by Emily Gravett
OH NO! Little Dragon! by Jim Averbeck
Drake's Comprehensive Compendium of Dragonology edited by Dugald A. Steer
Fantasy Encyclopedia by Judy Allen

Alcohol-Free, Skin-Softening Hand Sanitizer Recipe 

(adapted from here:

Note on essential oils: With children, always dilute essential oils, as this recipe does. I have found doTerra essential oils to be the most therapeutic and effective.
In a bowl, have your Kula Kid carefully tap out  5-7 drops of tea tree oil and lavender oil. Then carefully work together to add the Vitamin e oil, witch hazel, and aloe vera gel. (Vitamin e oil will have the consistency of honey). Have your Kula Kid carefully stir the mixture. 
Fill approximately 1/4 of the spray bottle with water. Then place a funnel on top of the spray bottle and help your Kula Kid pour the mixture they created into the spray bottle. Screw the cap on tightly and shake well. 
Shake well before each use.
The vitamin e oil will act as a preservative. The hand sanitizer should be good for about 3 months.

Songs and Meditations!

Kula kids really love the dances we do each day during camp. 
Our two main songs were "Give Love" by MC Yogi (all of his albums are wonderful) and "Toco el Sol."
Both songs plus the "Namaste Song" (we closed each camp day with this one) can be found on the I Am OHMazing® CD sold both at Austin Kula Yoga and online.
Guided meditations from Relax... It's Karmatime by Justine Aldersey-Williams.