Month: January 2017

Kid-Friendly Yoga Partner Poses to Help Celebrate Valentines Day

Help celebrate this day of love with kids  by practicing some of these fun partner yoga poses together.

SeeSaw: Have each partner sit facing one another on the mat with their feet touching. They will grasp hands. One partner will lean backwards while the other one leans forward over their straight legs. Continue to slowly seesaw back and forth. This exercise is great for working the core and stretching the hamstrings.

 

Open Heart: Each child should stand behind a partner with one foot back, one foot forward, and knees slightly bent while holding their partner’s wrists. The partner in front leans forward and shines his or her heart forward while the other partner helps support them.

 

Raindrop: Each partner lies on their back with their heads touching. With their arms at their sides, they raise their feet above their heads to touch to make a giant raindrop.

 

Double Boat: Have each partner sit facing each other with knees bent and toes touching. While holding hands, they lift their legs. To help with balance, the bottoms of their feet should be touching. Then the partners, if able, straighten their legs and lean back slightly as if in a “V” shape.

 

Partner poses involve working together to accomplish a goal and that is fun and rewarding. It builds trust and confidence. These partner poses can be done in school, or in a home setting. My own family enjoys trying them together and can be modified for different ages and sizes.

For more yoga partner poses please check out Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga with Kids or our brand new Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards.

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Author Interview and Go Go Yoga Kids Book Giveaway

Honored to be interviewed by Backyard Yoga on the inspiration behind Go Go Yoga Kids and why kids need yoga! Read on and enter to win your free copy of Go Go Yoga for Kids.

Meet Sara Weis, Author Of Go Go Yoga For Kids

by Erica Golub of Backyard Yoga

“I am excited to share all of the benefits and fun you can have with yoga and kids!”              

-Sara Weis

I had the pleasure of meeting Sara last year at the National Kids’ Yoga Conference in Washington, DC.  She had recently self-published Go Go Yoga for Kids, and her energy and spirit definitely impressed me.  We have a shared passion for creating tools to help teachers, studios, and parents introduce yoga through play-filled movement, meditation, and mindfulness.  Follow along as Backyard Yoga takes the time to get to know a little more about Sara and her book:

Read full interview and enter giveaway here.

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Celebrate Groundhog’s Day with this Game and Yoga Poses for Kids


Will it be an early Spring, or will there be six more weeks of Winter? The  groundhog gets to decide with this fun yoga game for kids!

Select one child to be the lead groundhog. Have everyone begin in Child’s Pose with their foreheads to the ground as if they are hibernating groundhogs waiting for February 2nd.

The lead groundhog will emerge first from slumber, look around, and announce to the other groundhogs if it is Spring or Winter. Based on what the lead groundhog selects, then choose from the following poses:

Winter Groundhog Yoga Poses

Snowflake: Begin in Mountain Pose with arms outstretched above.  Next dive forward and bring your arms to the ground as if you are a snowflake falling. Repeat this several times to represent lots of snowflakes falling.

Snowboarder: Stand strong in Warrior 2 with arms outstretched and your front leg bent. Try jumping and switching directions while landing in Warrior 2. Try to get a little hang time in your 180 degree jumps as if you are a star snowboarder!

Snowball: Lie on your back and hug your knees into your chest. Rock and roll back and forth as if you are a snowball being rolled. Do this several times. It is almost like getting a back massage.

Spring Groundhog Yoga Poses

Tree Pose:  Get your Spring tree ready for leaves! Bring your foot to your calf and place your hands at heart center. As you become more steady, bring your foot to your thigh and move your hands overhead for tree branches. A tip for holding tree pose is to focus on a spot on the ground that is not moving.

Butterfly Pose: Sit on your bottom with a tall spine, bend your legs, and place the soles of your feet together. Flap your legs like the wings of a butterfly. How fast can your butterfly fly? Then try to go as slowly as possible.

Frog Pose: Come down to a squat position and bring your arms to heart center. Can you hop like a frog?

Take turns being the lead groundhog so everyone can practice several Winter and Spring yoga poses.  Finally for the final resting position or Savasana have the kids roll up in a yoga mat or blanket as if they are quiet slumbering groundhog.

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Five Ways to Cure Kids’ Cabin Fever with Yoga

Does the Winter gray weather got you and your kids feeling cooped up?  Please hop over to my guest post on Des Moines Parent and find out ways to cure that cabin fever with yoga! In just 5 minutes, I promise you will be feeling more fit, flexible and focused while having fun with your kids.

Five Ways to Cure Kids’ Cabin Fever with Yoga

Cold weather during the winter months can keep kids cooped up inside. It is important for kids to move and be active during these winter months. Physical activity helps stimulate those happy endorphins and keeps your body healthy and strong. So next time your kids have been cooped up and need to burn off some energy, turn on some music, and try these fun kid-friendly yoga poses to get fit, focused, and flexible together. No props or materials needed!

Tree Pose

Move into this favorite yoga pose and benefit your body in many different ways. Tree Pose is a perfect way to practice balance and focus! Bring your foot to your calf and place your hands at heart center. As you become more steady, bring your foot to your thigh and move your hands overhead for tree branches. A tip for holding tree pose is to focus on a spot on the ground that is not moving.

Warrior 2 Jumps

Kids love this pose.  It is a great way to get the heart pumping and keep it healthy. Stand strong in Warrior 2 with arms outstretched and your front leg bent. Try jumping and switching directions while landing in Warrior 2. Try to get a little hang time in your 180 degree jumps.  It is almost like snowboarding but much warmer!

Plank Pose

This pose will work every muscle in your body. Hold a plank pose with your body forming a straight line from head to feet. Try to hold this pose for 15 seconds. Squeeze your stomach and legs together and it will make you feel lighter. Can you hold this pose for 30 seconds? Try to work up to one minute for an extra challenge!

Down Dog Push Ups

We have all done push ups and feel the effects in our arms. Down Dog push ups work not only your arms but also increase the length of your hamstring muscles. Move your arms to a push up form while in the Down Dog pose. Kids probably won’t be able to get as close to the floor, but they will work their arms and legs in a whole new way!

Row Your Boat

Balance on your bottom and bring your legs up to make a “V” shape. Try to move your arms from side to side as if you are rowing a boat. This is fun for kids and wonderful for building good core strength.

Keep practicing these yoga poses and notice how your body changes. With these simple exercises, kids are working together on balance, flexibility,  focus, and core strength while making their hearts and minds healthy and happy!

 

Join Go Go Yoga for Kids at Barnes and Noble’s Disney Reads Day

Come join Go Go Yoga for Kids at Barnes and Noble’s Disney Days on February 4th at 11:00 AM.

Be a princess, villain or a hero with our fun themed Yoga for Kids class. Join us for stories, yoga games, poses and more!

Giveaways include stickers, bookmarks and mini posters (while supplies last). Sara will also be signing copies of her book, Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga with Kids

Find more information on this fun event here.

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Meet Kerry Wekelo: Creator of the Zendoway Difference

I am always on the lookout for new kids yoga products and fresh ideas to implement in my school and yoga classroom. When I first met Kerry Wekelo at the National Kids Yoga Conference, I knew immediately she had creative ideas and a huge passion and heart for kids and for making our world a better place.

Kerry Wekelo is the creator of the Zendoway Cubes and the author of several children’s books  that facilitate learning and enhancing your body each and every day. Just wait until you hold some of these fun squeezable cubes in your hands! They are the perfect addition to school and home for nourishing your mind and body.

Kerry created the Zendoway Cubes based on her knowledge of meditation, intuition, insight, and community. Her company,  Zendoway, is about incorporating the lessons and community from thousands of year old practices into modern daily life through her products and coaching support.

Kerry is constantly developing and creating new and different products and she definitely knows that creative process cannot be forced. Being active and balanced in her business, community, and family has helped Kerry place priorities where they matter.

Please check out Kerry’s amazing and squeezable Zendoway Cubes and award winning children’s books.

Get Ready for the Kids Yoga Challenge!

Yoga is fun! Get kids fit, flexible and focused

with the Kids Yoga Challenge

by Go Go Yoga for Kids

For 30 days, The Kids Yoga Challenge by Go Go Yoga Kids will improve your kids’ balance, flexibility mindfulness and more. This challenge is adult friendly as well so please join in!

Each challenge day will showcase a You Tube video including:

  • an introduction of the yoga pose
  • how to do each pose correctly
  • health benefits associated with this pose
  • a mantra to recite to help create mindfulness and meditation

Please subscribe to the Go Go Yoga for Kids You Tube Channel for updates.

We will also be using the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards to help in this challenge. This Kids Yoga Challenge Card Deck includes 30 poses with partner poses, confidence building mantras and more fun games to play together using the Kids Yoga Pose Cards.

The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards include:

  • 30 progressive yoga poses
  • Empowering pose mantras for beginners and meditation
  • Poses rated from 1-5 stars based on difficulty
  • Easy to flow poses for your own yoga routine or flow
  • Tested and proven yoga poses to bring most mental and physical benefit
  • Use of only minutes each day to gain lifelong skills and health benefits

These Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards will soon be available for purchase.

Questions or wanting to be part of the initial review team? Contact us here.

Wanting more kids yoga lesson plans, poses and ideas? Get your copy of Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga with Kids.

 

Go Go Yoga Kids at Plot Twist Bookstore

If I ever had my own bookstore, I would love it to be just like this! Plot Twist Bookstore is such a cozy and charming gem. Our new kids yoga mats fit in perfectly and the kids had so much fun learning new yoga poses and playing games. If you are ever in the area, it is definitely worth a stop!

Go Go Yoga Kids Class at Plot Twist Bookstore.

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