Month: February 2017

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss: Celebrate with Kids Yoga

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss 

It is time to celebrate Dr. Seuss! He is known for his many silly, wacky and nonsense stories and characters. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with these fun and simple and easy kids yoga ideas.

Be a strong Truffula Tree! How long can you hold Tree Pose? Try it with others and know that we are stronger together!

 

 

 

 

 

Now try making a House for a Mouse with this fun Partner Rooftop Pose. What other silly yoga poses can you think of that Dr. Seuss would have liked? Get more kids yoga lesson ideas here.

 

Mindful Teachers Recommend Go Go Yoga for Kids

Go Go Yoga for Kids

Recommended Book for Mindful Teachers

by Catharine Hannay

If you’re interested in yoga and mindful movement for children and teens, check out Go Go Yoga For Kids by Sara J. Weis.

Read more here.

Kids Yoga Positive Affirmation Lesson Plan

Life is an adventure! It is full of unexpected twists, turns and ups and downs. This can sometimes cause uncertainty and unease which kids can easily pick up on in their day to day lives. Help kids manage their emotions, keep a positive attitude and connect with themselves and others with the use of positive affirmations, mantras and yoga.

Go Go Yoga for Kids and Zendoway have partnered together to give parents, teachers and other caregivers the tools and lesson plans to keep kids positive.

Get the FREE Kids Yoga Affirmation lesson plan which incorporate the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards and Affirmation Cubes.

Get your own Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards and Cubes here.

Want more kids yoga lesson plans and games? Be a part of our free kids yoga community here.

Go Go Yoga for Kids

Welcome to Go Go Yoga for Kids; the place to get kids fit, flexible and focused while having fun with yoga!

Go Go Yoga for Kids has resources for you to introduce kids to yoga through movement, mindfulness, fun, and games. Perfect for parents, teachers, and anyone who enjoys yoga and kids. I am glad you are here, now let’s get started! See our extensive list of recommended kids yoga resources.

Go Go Yoga for Kids – A Complete Guide to Yoga with Kids


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  • Over 150 fun and creative yoga games, activities, & challenges for all ages
  • 15 ready to use unique yoga lesson plans that will have kids engaged from the start
  • Ways to bring mindfulness and awareness to all children
  • Kid yoga photos and pose illustrations
  • Easy ways to incorporate yoga in the school setting for all types of learners and abilities
  • How to get your kids involved with yoga at home
  • Tips on working with teens and tweens
  • Partner poses, balance activities, group & inversion teaching tips & ideas
  • Sample parent communication ideas
  • Examples of where and how to teach yoga for kids
  • Books, music and other fun resources to help kids learn about yoga.
You can purchase a copy of Go Go Yoga for Kids from our site, from Amazon, or from your local bookstore. Only $12.99 plus shipping.

Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards

  • 30 progressive yoga poses including partner 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
  • 15 Bonus Games to play using the pose cards
  • Tested and proven yoga poses to bring most mental and physical benefit
  • Takes only minutes each day to gain lifelong skills and health benefits
  • Only $9.99 plus shipping

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Book and Card Bundle

Get the Go Go Yoga for Kids Book and the Kids Yoga Challenge pose cards for one low price. Only $19.99 plus shipping.

 

Customer Reviews

As a children’s yoga bestselling author, teacher, and speaker, I am always looking for new creative ideas regarding yoga for kids. I found such a resource in Go Go Yoga for Kids! This book is chalk full of great information to help yoga teachers, classroom teachers,youth leaders, counselors, parents, and any others learn how to implement yoga into the lives of children. I was especially intrigued by the way the author incorporated her favorite childhood games in Part 6 of the book and recreated them into yoga games. Very creative and fun! I highly recommend this book to those wishing to learn how to make yoga fun for kids, and how to empower them to be active as well as mindful and meditative at the same time!

Teresa Anne Powerauthor of ABCs of Yoga for Kids and founder of the International Kids Yoga Day.

As a kid’s yoga and mindfulness teacher this book is an invaluable guide. Totally accessible and filled with useful information, games and activities! I love using this book with my students. Brings out the joy of yoga!

Susan Verdeauthor of award winning I am Yoga, certified yoga instructor and mindfulness teacher

This is a great book for parents, teachers, babysitters, camp counselors and anyone else who wants to introduce yoga to children but doesn’t know how. It’s short, clear, fun, filled with photos of kids doing the poses–and inexpensive to boot. As someone who’s written about mindful parenting and has blogged on Huffington Post and elsewhere about the benefits (and joys) of teacher- and parent-led yoga, I loved that Sara Weis made this book accessible even to people who’ve never done yoga before. She also knows what kids like–her poses have names like fairy (aka dancer’s pose) and castle (downward dog)–and what kid could resist doing “dragon” breathwork? If you only have a few minutes, you can just pick a section to lead the kids in (balancing poses, yoga games…)–each broken down by ages. And if you have time to do a whole yoga session, she shows you how to keep kids entertained with classes that include poses, yoga games, active movements, breathwork unified around a theme like “mythical creatures.” I’ve taught kids yoga before, and if I’d had this book I could have made the classes a lot more fun. Highly recommended for yourself or as a gift to anyone who works with children.

Meryl Davids Landauauthor of Enlightened Parenting

Go Go Yoga for Kids clearly explains how to teach different ages of kids (3-6; 7-11;and tweens and teens): breathwork, sun salutations,a variety of asanas (yoga poses) with both traditional and kid-friendly names, active movement exercises,yoga games, partner poses, and group challenges. The activities are kid-tested for fun and safety, and there’s also advice on how to professionally teach yoga to children, as well as tips for parents and classroom teachers on incorporating mindfulness and yoga into kids’ daily routines.

Catharine HannaryMindful Teachers

“As a teacher and Mom to three kids, I found Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Yoga With Kids 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 for 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.”

Megan Q. Children’s Yoga Instructor, Public School Teacher

“Go Go Yoga for 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 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 for 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

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Kid Approved Random Acts of Kindness Game

We tell kids all the time to share, play nicely and be kind to others. It is one thing to say, but we all know how actions mean more than words. Sometimes a simple act of kindness can go a long way to brighten our day more than we would ever imagine.

Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week with your kids with the Go Go Yoga for Kids Kindness Bingo Game.

Try to complete all 12 Kindness Challenges before the week is over to brighten schools, families and yourself. Get your Go Go Yoga Kids Kindness Bingo Game.

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Get Your Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards

The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards will introduce children and families to yoga poses that will increase balance, flexibility, mindfulness, and more.

This yoga card deck includes 30 sturdy 4×6 yoga cards including partner poses, confidence building mantras, and fun yoga games to play together using these cards.


The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards Include:

  • 30 progressive 4×6 sturdy yoga cards including partner poses
  • Empowering mantras for mindfulness and meditation
  • Yoga poses rated from 1-5 stars based on difficulty
  • Easy to flow yoga poses to creative many routines and yoga flows
  • 15 Bonus Games to play using the yoga pose cards
  • Tested and proven yoga poses to bring the most mental and physical benefit
  • Takes only minutes each day to gain lifelong skills and health benefits

The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards are available on Amazon as well as a discounted bundle with our bestselling book, Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga for Kids.

Meet the Creator of Backyard Yoga and a Fun Yoga Game Giveaway

What is one job that almost any kid would love to have as their full time grown up job? I am pretty positive that a toy designer would top the list. I am  very excited to introduce you to someone who is doing just that. Meet Erica Golub of Backyard Yoga.

Read on to win of Erica’s latest kids yoga products: Roll-a-Pose Wintertime Dice Game

I had the pleasure of meeting Erica at the National Kids Yoga Conference in Washington D.C. last Fall. I was intrigued about what she was doing and creating to help maximize the power of play in children to incorporate movement, meditation and mindfulness.

Read on to find out more about Erica’s creative process and Backyard Yoga.

GGYfK: What was your favorite toy as a kid?

Backyard Kids Yoga: I’m not sure I had just one.  I was a big fan of combining all my toys. Legos, Voltron, He-man, Rainbow Brite, Care Bears and My Little Pony all mashed together in one crazy narrative.  When I look back, most of my time was spent outdoors. Some of my fondest memories as a kid are playing outside with my brother and neighbors making up games.  

GGYfK:  We love the name Backyard Kids Yoga as it seems so friendly and accessible to all. How did the name originate?

Backyard Kids Yoga: It literally originated from my backyard.  I was searching for local kids yoga classes that would fit in our summer schedule, and allow both my 3 and 6 year old to attend together.  One day I got tired of searching and decided to create it. I set up Backyard Yoga Playdates and invited friends.  The private Facebook group has grown now to over 20 families and I still hold one every month during the summer.  The have become my ambassadors and you can find them highlighted here.

GGYfK:  Being a toy maker and designer sounds so amazing. What was the first thing you ever designed and sold?

Backyard Kids Yoga: My first product to hit the market was the Peaceful Planet Waterball that I designed while interning at Fisher-Price in 1998/99. A fun fact is that it had a cameo in the movie Under The Tuscan Sun, I think seeing my toy on the big screen may have been cooler than seeing my first toy on the store shelves.

GGYfK: Where do you get your inspiration?

Backyard Kids Yoga: Play. This is why I am such an advocate for play.  Being curious and learning about new things will always fuel us and help us to grow.  When you are learning new skills or just playing around, things will connect in the most unexpected ways. Getting my 200hr yoga certification started as a way for me to reconnect with myself again after my first child was born.  I had no idea at the time the path those 6 months, 6 years ago,  would put me on.

GGYfK:. What is the biggest challenge in designing unique products?

Backyard Kids Yoga: It depends on the space I’m designing in.  If I’m designing a new stacking toy, that becomes pretty difficult since so many have been done before.  With Backyard Yoga it’s a bit easier.  As you know there are not a lot of resources out there for kids yoga, which is why you wrote Go Go Yoga for Kids.  My toy design background coupled with my yoga experience provides endless ideas.  The bigger hurdles revolve around resources.

GGYfK:  Tell us about the next product you have in mind that you are excited to share with others?

Backyard Kids Yoga: Right now I’m pretty excited about a family of products coming this Spring.  They focus on breath and meditation. Breathing Buddy Eye Pillows are character themed eye pillows with satin tummy’s filled with flax seed.  They will be accompanied by a song I co-wrote and developed with super talented friends of mine.  The song is my take on belly balloon breath.  If you want to read more check out my article at MindBodyGreen.

The eye pillows and song will be followed by a picture book illustrating the words in the song.

These particular products are near and dear to my heart because they grew out of being a mama to an anxious little girl. The narrative in our belly balloon meditation was developed through some pretty tough bedtime talks.  Sometimes little kids feel like they need to burden the weight of the world…and I will do whatever I can to create tools for kids and parents to help reconcile those feelings.

Leave a comment below Backyard Yoga’s newest products!

Roll-a-Pose Wintertime

INCLUDES:

  • A laminated pose card showing 10 winter themed yoga poses
  • 2 10-sided dice in dice
  • Game play ideas and pose descriptions

Leave a comment below by February 10th with your favorite yoga pose for a chance to win this Wintertime Roll-a-Pose Game!

 

 

Disney Yoga Magic Carpet Ride with Go Go Yoga for Kids

It was a magical morning at Barnes and Noble where over 50 young princes and princesses took off on their magic yoga mats for some Disney themed kids yoga fun.

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After warming up with some Darth Vader deep breathing, We became brave Pocahontas standing on our cliff and ready to dive forward for Sun Salutations.

Soon we were strong Warriors like Princess Mulan. Ready to stand up for what we believe in and what is right.

Peter Pan is ready to fly over the city. What will he see? This Peter Pan Pose is great for back strength.

Of course we remembered our new Princess Moana in Boat Pose. We rowed our boats slowly and then quickly.

After meeting Princess Ariel on a rock in mermaid pose, it was almost time to end our yoga session.

See a video of our magical kids yoga class on our Go Go Yoga Kids Youtube Channel.

Need an easy way to practice yoga at home with your kids? Check out our brand new Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards.

For our complete Disney Kids Yoga lesson plan and to find out when our next Go Go Yoga Kids event will be,  please sign up for our free monthly newsletter here.

5 Kid-Friendly Yoga Poses That Will Open Hearts and Minds

by Sara J. Weis

Love is in the air, and now is the time to let your heart shine. Yes, flowers and candy are a lovely thought for adults this season, but it is also a good time to open your heart and show acceptance and compassion for others.

These heart-opening exercises are especially beneficial for kids and adults who spend the majority of their day slouched in desks at school and work or with their heads bent over screens and books. These exercises take only minutes and will help improve posture and release back and neck tension as well as create an openness in your body and mind.

Head over to Daily Cup of Yoga to read the read and try these amazing heart opening yoga poses.

Get these Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards to help practice yoga at home or school with kids. Find out more here or get our exclusive monthly newsletter for additional fun ways to introduce kids to yoga.

Practice These 4 Yoga Poses Every Day for Your Body and Mind

Yoga can be done with all ages and has numerous benefits for your body both inside and out. Trying these four progressive yoga poses and easy-to-remember mantras will give your body many physical and mental benefits.

These fun and family friendly progressive poses only take minutes each day. By consistently pairing these poses with saying the given mantra, you will begin to feel many physical and mental benefits take place.

Find out more in my original published article here.

Looking for more kids yoga lesson plans and games? Get your copy of Go Go Yoga for Kids here or get our monthly newsletter.

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