Month: August 2016

How to Teach Yoga to Preschoolers

yoga school 2Introducing preschoolers to yoga is one of my favorite things to teach. We can be superheroes, Lego enthusiasts, dragons and knights. We can be anything we want as we enter our imaginary world. There is no stopping this age. One of the best things about  this young age is their ability to jump right in and not be afraid to be anything they want.

 by Jessica Walsch of Yoga International

“Dinosaurs!”

“I want to be a baby dinosaur!”

“Okay, let’s be dinosaurs, and yes, Allison, you can be a baby dinosaur,” I reply.

Soon the room turns into a scene from The Land Before Time as the kids wave their arms like wings, crawl on hands and knees, or assume a down dog-like position. Everyone is laughing, smiling, and having tons of fun.

This is what kids’ yoga is all about. And teaching preschool-age yogis who are light-hearted, creative, energetic, and (thankfully) quite forgiving is immensely rewarding. But as you can probably tell, it’s not anything like teaching yoga class to adults. You’re working with a completely different audience, so the content has to be different. But how?” Read more…

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Headed Your Way: National Kids Yoga Conference

Go Go Yoga Kids: Empower Kids for Life is on the go! We are headed in September to National Kids Yoga Conference buttonWashington D.C. for the National Kids Yoga Conference. It will be an amazing event filled with inspiration and knowledge about bringing yoga to the next generation. Go Go Yoga Kids is all about that!

The National Kids Yoga Conference will include a balanced weekend of keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops, networking, and yoga practice.

  • Using yoga in the school
  • Resources and tools for yoga
  • Yoga research

We can’t wait! All of this knowledge will help us all continue to empower kids for life through yoga and I can’t wait to share it with you! Stay tuned!

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Book Reviews for Go Go Yoga Kids

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What others are raving about: 

“As a teacher and Mom to three kids, I found Go Go Kids Yoga: Empower Kids for Life Through Yoga to be an amazing resource for getting kids active with yoga.  This book will be on my bookshelf both at home and in my Kindergarten classroom.  I can easily pull games, community building activities, and yoga poses from this book and have my own kids or students engaged and energized in no time.  I look forward to sharing this resource with my fellow educators and friends.  It has everything you need to plan, teach, and extend a yoga class for kids of all ages and abilities.”

Katherine V. Elementary School Teacher


I am a public school elementary school teacher, as well as a certified children’s yoga teacher. Yoga has always been a part of my curriculum; however, planning the lessons can take a lot of time.  Discovering the Go Go Yoga Kids book has been a blessing! I love the way it’s organized, with sections including illustrations and names of poses, breath work, game ideas, ways to communicate with parents, community building ideas, etc. Also, I really like the format used for lesson planning. I will definitely be incorporating the fun themed lessons, this year, in the classroom, and in the studio.

Meg-Headshot-1Megan Q. Children’s Yoga Instructor, Public School Teacher


Go Go Yoga Kids is a must-have resource for anyone teaching yoga to kids. It doesn’t matter if you have any training or experience with yoga, this book will successfully guide you through teaching a class. As a kid’s yoga instructor, I am always searching for creative and fun ideas to add for my classes. I finally found exactly what I was looking for in Go Go Yoga Kids. With the lesson plans included in this book you have the foundation to lead endless successful classes!

Crystal T. Kids Yoga Instructor


This valuable guide gives you the tools you need to entice kids of all ages to put down the video games and engage in the energetic, beneficial, creative, and mindful exercise of yoga.

John T. Adult Yoga Instructor and Dad of 2


This is an easy to read and complete resource about the benefits of yoga, how to teach yoga, and why children need to practice yoga. I love that Go Go Yoga Kids clearly describes different poses that can be taught to children in age appropriate and engaging ways. As a preschool director, I appreciate that the author has written lesson plans that are ready to use and be taught to kids. If you are looking to implement yoga at home or in your classroom, this is the only book that you need!

Michelle M., Preschool Director

Do Some Yoga At School

Get more ideas on how to  use yoga in the schools

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We know that schools should be focused on encompassing and enriching the whole child. The good news is that yoga incorporates all of those characteristics! Why not give students the tools they will use through life by incorporating some yoga into their school day?

As a teacher, I know how full the school day already is with many benchmarks and curriculum guidelines to meet. The last thing most kids need in a competitive school curriculum is another highly structured class. Yoga is not like that. It brings fun, focus, and mindfulness into the classroom and is something all students can participate in and be successful with.

Why Yoga In Schools is a Great Idea

  • Encourages community and teamwork within the classroom
  • Helps to create a classroom atmosphere of confidence, enthusiasm, and non-competitiveness
  • Provides opportunities for beneficial large motor breaks throughout the day
  • Eases anxiety and tension (perfect for pre-test  jitters)
  • Enhances focus, concentration, comprehension, and memory
  • Creates a calm classroom

See more on using yoga in schools with Go Go Yoga Kids: Empower Kids for Life through Yoga Book now available at Amazon.

 

Back to School With Go Go Yoga Kids

yoga school 2I just love the fresh start feeling of a new school year. As a teacher and a parent myself, I understand that we want our  children to be in a collaborative, creative, calm and supported classroom environment.

The good news is that by incorporating  some breathing exercises, mindfulness  practice, and simple stress reducing yoga poses, kids will become more focused and attentive and will develop greater empathy toward one another. Yoga may help create that classroom environment that we all want for children.

Yoga for kids is becoming more mainstream in schools and a few moments each day can help kids  achieve the benefits that yoga provides. Children need active brain breaks throughout the day to learn best.

Take Mini Yoga Breaks During the School Day

  • Practice breathing techniques to reduce stress and help focus before a test or activity that you know will require concentration and focus. Go Go Yoga Kids: Empower Kids for Life has dozens of ideas on how to teach and use this.
  • Work with a partner or small group to practice partner poses and achieve a goal together You can find many partner ideas and illustrations here.
  • Introduce a new pose each week. Make it fun! For example, pick a certain word such as your school’s name. When you say that word everyone will stop what they are doing and hold that pose. Find yoga poses and ideas here.
  • Count by fives and 10s while holding a balance pose.
  • Take a One Minute Vacation and allow students to shut their eyes, breathe, and visualize themselves in their favorite place.

Want more ideas on how to use yoga at school day? Go Go Yoga Kids: Empower Kids for Life Through Yoga includes games, ways to reduce stress, yoga poses and great read alouds and much more. For a short time get……. out Go Go Yoga Kids: Empower Kids for Life Through Yoga.

 

3 Calming Kids Yoga Poses for Back to School

Back to school is such an exciting  and new discovery time for kids. All of the changes and schedule adjustments can sometimes bring on uncertainty and anxiety. Helping your kids learn some breathing and stress coping mechanisms will help them handle any anxiety and nervousness in healthy ways.

Get more calming yoga poses for kids here.

Help Kids Bring Balance and Focus With These Poses:

Child’s Pose: child's poseTake your forehead to the mat or floor for this very centering pose.

Knee-to-Chest Pose: Hug your klegs up the wallnees into your chest. This is a great back tension release. It is fun to them turn this into a rock and roll.

Legs Up the Wall: This pose is very calming for the nervous system and quiets the mind.

 

 

 

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Get Fit and Literate: Read Alouds to use with Kids Yoga

I love reading aloud to kids. Whether it is to my own children, my students at school or during my kids yoga classes, there is just something about using literature with kids that can be calming, engaging or enlightening.

Depending on which book you are reading aloud can bring forth all sorts of teachable opportunities or memorable moments.Hungry Caterpillar

The Go Go Yoga Kids: Empower Kids for Life resource includes an extensive quality book list and lesson ideas to use with these books

Let the book come alive by reading with enthusiasm and emotion! I have found the illustrations help children visualize or pretend to become that animal or feel as if they are in the story. When you add movement, the kids will remember the poses and the story even more as they anticipate what comes next.

Two Favorite Read Aloud Books (and Free Kids Yoga Lesson)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: Begin as Caterpillar and end as a beautiful butterfly:  Kids can transition through the different stages of becoming a butterfly through yoga poses. See how with Go Go Yoga Kids FREE Springtime Transformation lesson here.

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh: Is a fun choice to practice mouse and snake poses with this book. You can be used to introduce the concept of being “quiet as a mouse” for Savasana.

See many more book resources and lessons at Go Go Yoga Kids Resources.

Yes, Yoga for Kids!

kidsyoga“Yoga is gaining in popularity all over the United States in yoga studios, gyms, YMCAs, fitness centers, and in schools. Yes, schools. Teachers, administrators, and students are discovering the power of yoga and pranayama (breathing exercises) to calm, focus, and inspire students. excitement, and energy…”

“Yoga taught to youngsters is fun for all involved and creates a connection between body and mind that will serve the kids for a lifetime…Not surprisingly, yoga classes for kids don’t look exactly like the yoga for adults. ”

Read more here by Carol Rinehard,  kids yoga instructor at The Family Tree Yoga and Massage.

Need one complete resource to have confidence and success in introducing kids to yoga? Go Go Yoga Kids: Empower Kids for Life has complete lesson plans, games and activities for using yoga with kids of all ages. Get your FREE copy here!

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