Month: March 2017

Take our Quick Survey for a Chance to Win!

We are very excited to begin working on some new exciting opportunities for Go Go Yoga for Kids!  Writing kids yoga lesson plans,  creating new yoga games, and developing resources to best serve you and kids is one of our favorite things to do.

We would love your input since you help make all of this possible.We want to make Go Go Yoga for Kids fun, engaging and beneficial for you and the kids that you care about. Please click on the link below to take a short survey.

Go Go Yoga for Kids Survey

The survey will close April 7th, 2017,

One lucky entrant will receive these amazing Kids Yoga Activity Cubes from my friend, Kerry, at Zendoway These fun, flexible cubes are perfect for all ages. Each cube has a different inspiring theme such as feelings, affirmation and breathing to help bring about mindfulness, love and kindness. The cubes come in a cute drawstring canvas bag. Retail $24.99

Another lucky winner will receive a signed copy of the bestseller Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga with Kids. Retail $12.99

 

 

Your opinion matters. Take our quick 2 minute survey here. Thank you and good luck!

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Be a Part of Kids Yoga Day with Go Go Yoga for Kids

Go Go Yoga for Kids is thrilled to be part of the 2nd Annual Kids Yoga Day on April 7th, 2017.  Imagine over 30, 000 kids experiencing yoga throughout all 50 states and 33 countries? Imagine the peace, love and mindfulness that this could bring throughout our future generation?!

For those of you local, Go Go Yoga for Kids will be hosting a free Kids Yoga Class. You are invited to join us. Please let us know if you are interested and we will give you the information.

If you can’t join us, please utilize these standing and sitting 5 minute yoga routines for kids and adults! These wonderful routines introduce yoga pose, mindfulness and only take minutes. They are adapted from Kids Yoga Day founder, Teresa Power, and her book, ABCs Yoga for Kids.

Welcome Spring! We Are Glad You Are Here!

Celebrate the Spring Equinox with this free mandala. Download your kid and adult Spring Mandala, take it outside and enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of this wonderful season.

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Recommended Book: Enlightened Parenting by Meryl Davids Landau

What kind of parent do you want to be? Author Meryl Davids Landau is the kind of parent any child would be fortunate to have. Her knowledge of parenting and demonstrating unconditional love is evident throughout her latest book, Enlightened Parenting . This book isn’t your normal “how to make your child mind” type resource. Instead, it is filled with knowledge and insight on how to parent from your heart and soul while keeping the connection to yourself in the face of everyday parenting. The book is divided into three sections; Attitudes, Actions, and Nourish Yourself. Each section provides real life examples and anecdotes to support the journey of parenting. Parenting is not an easy journey but this guide will help both new and seasoned parents to know that they are not alone.

About the Author

Meryl Davids Landau is the author of ‘Enlightened Parenting: A Mom Reflects on Living Spiritually With Kids.’ She also wrote the spiritual women’s novel ‘Downward Dog, Upward Fog,’ named a fiction book of the year finalist by Foreword Reviews. An award-winning magazine writer, her works have also appeared in numerous publications, including Parents, O: The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, Self, Redbook, Reader’s Digest, Prevention, Huffington Post and more.

Both of Meryl’s books reflect her interest in bringing a spiritual (not religious) perspective into our everyday lives. Books about jetting off to India or Bali or an intensive yoga retreat are fun, but keeping your connection to your highest self in the face of everyday parenting, work, love and life challenges is where the real practice begins. Her intention is to bring light–and levity–to these situations through her words.

Meryl is a certified yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner, and is the mom to two kids, now young adults.

Read more about Meryl at her website MerylDavidsLandau.com

 


Lucky Leprechaun Spring St. Patricks Day Kids Yoga

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Want more creative and fun kids yoga games, lesson plans, and yoga themes for all ages? Check out Go Go Yoga Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga with Kids to help get kids fit, focused and flexible while having fun!

 

St. Patricks Day Shamrock Rainbow Mandala

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Go Go Yoga for Kids.

Click below for your Shamrock St. Patricks Day Rainbow Mandala

Shamrock Rainbow Mandala

Toddler and Preschool Kids Yoga Lesson Plan, Rhymes, Music and More

Inspire your young yogi bears, with these simple and fun ways to get young children moving, breathing and singing while having fun with yoga!

Guest Post by Erin Leach owner of Mama Bear Yoga

Warm-Up

I begin every class by singing the song “Wake-Up Toes.” If you’re not familiar with the tune, you can listen to it here. We sing this song from a seated position and wiggle each body part as it is named in the song. It is always a hit with kids in this age group!

Movement

I love using familiar songs and nursery rhymes to teach yoga to toddlers and preschoolers. Not only are they fun and engaging, but they add a language development component to the class. Here are a few of my favorites:

“Humpty Dumpty”

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall (Squat down and wrap your arms around your legs to make you body look like an egg)
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall (Roll backwards onto your back with legs in the air)
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men (“March” your legs in the air by alternating bending and straightening your knees)
Couldn’t put Humpty together again (Flop your arms and legs down to the ground–SPLAT!)

“Five Little Speckled Frogs”

Loosely roll up your yoga mat to make your “log.” Stand on the mat and then squat down in frog pose. Each time a frog jumps into the pool, do a frog jump off of your mat. Listen to the song here.

“Hickory Dickory Dock”

(Have your child lay down with their legs up the wall before beginning the rhyme)
Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock (Creep your fingers up your child’s legs, like the mouse running up the clock)
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down, hickory dickory dock! (Move your child’s right leg slightly to the right to mimic the hands of the clock, then creep your fingers back down their legs)

Savasana

Toddlers and preschoolers can be a bit wiggly, and getting them to stay in one spot for savasana can be a challenge. I like to have parents give their little ones a foot rub during savasana. It’s a great way for them to connect, and it makes the kiddos want to lay still for a few minutes. Starting at the ball of your child’s foot (just under their big toe), use your thumb and rub in a circular motion, making your way across the foot underneath their toes. Continue in this pattern working your way down the foot in rows. One you have covered the entire bottom of the foot, use your index finger and thumb to give a little squeeze and tug on each toe. Finish by cupping the whole foot in both hands and giving a gentle but firm squeeze. You can watch a video of me demonstrating a foot rub here.

Most of all, remember to use this practice to just slow down, forget about all other distractions, and enjoy some quality time with the special little yogi in your life!a

Get this printable lesson plan here:  Go Go Yoga Sample Class

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Erin Leach is a wife, mom, yogi, sometimes-crafter, and a Certified ChildLight Yoga Instructor (CCLYI). She is also currently enrolled in a teacher training program to earn her RYT-200 certification.  Before becoming a full-time at-home mom, she worked for over ten years as an elementary school teacher and counselor.  She also worked in private practice as a child and family therapist. Practicing yoga with young children and their families brings her great happiness, and she looks forward to the opportunity of sharing the gift of children’s yoga with you and your precious little cubs.

 

 

 

Kids Yoga Jungle Adventure Lesson Plan

Are you ready for a wildly fun time with kids and yoga?!

Check out Go Go Yoga for Kids Yoga Jungle Adventure Lesson Plan over at Mindful Teachers.

For more kids yoga lesson plans and games get our Kids Yoga Guide.

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Inspire Your Young Yogi Bears with Erin Leach

If there is one person you could definitely entrust with teaching your young little kiddos about kindness, fun, and yoga; it would definitely be Erin Leach of Mama Bear Yoga.

Erin is the founder of Mama Bear Yoga which provides a safe space for all children to be themselves and for their caregivers to connect with them in that moment. By incorporating basic tenets of yoga, such as breathing, mindfulness, and affirmation, Mama Bear Yoga helps lay the groundwork for happy, healthy, and balanced children who will grow into happy, healthy, and balanced adults.

I had the pleasure of meeting Erin last Fall at the National Kids Yoga Conference in Washington D.C.  I was new to the area and when I found out that this midwestern gal would need to take the  city subway to get around, I had a more than a slight raise of of my heartrate.

Then along came Erin.  Admittedly, I pretty much chased her down in our hotel lobby to ask if she was also going to the Kids Yoga Conference. I do pride myself on a pretty good judge of character and she seemed like someone I could definitely trust. The fact that she was also carrying a yoga mat didn’t hurt matters as fellow yoga enthusiasts tend to be pretty friendly.

Erin navigated me through the underground mysteries of the Subway system, had incredible patience and taught me well. If she is this good with adults, imagine how she is with toddlers and preschoolers.

Many things impressed me about Erin, but as you read this interview, you will also see what a true gift she is to children and I am so excited for you to get to know her.

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GGYfK:  How did you first get interested in being a kids yoga instructor? It seems like such a natural fit for you.

Erin: I have been practicing yoga myself since I was in college, and it has been so beneficial for me, both physically and emotionally. In my first career as an elementary school teacher and counselor, I used yoga informally all the time with my students, and I saw firsthand how beneficial it was for them. When I attended my first official kids’ yoga training, I wasn’t planning on becoming an instructor. My plan was to get renewal credits toward my counseling license and maybe learn some fun yoga-related activities to do with my own children at home, but after the first evening, I knew that this was what I wanted to do. Teaching kids yoga just made sense and felt right to me. I took more trainings and became certified to teach and the rest is history!

GGYfK: We are so glad that you decided that! How did the name Mama Bear yoga originate?

Erin:  One of my favorite yoga poses that I learned in my ChildLight Yoga training is “Baby Bear.” It looks like Happy Baby, but you rock side to side and sing the words “baby bear” as you are doing it. It is so sweet to see mamas and their little ones practicing Baby Bear pose together. Once when I  was telling the some friends this story, we all  knew at once it had to be Mama Bear Yoga!

 GGYfK:Why did you decide to focus on the younger kids?

Erin: I have always had a passion for teaching young children. I was a first grade teacher for many years; however, I think a big part of why I chose to focus on this age group as a yoga teacher is because this was the age of my own children when I first got started. I could really relate to toddlers and preschoolers because I had two of my own at home, and I was going through many of the same experiences as the moms who were bringing their children to my classes. Kids at this young age say the funniest things and always liven up any situation.

GGYfK:Tell us about one of these memorable or funny experiences while teaching kids yoga!

Erin: Oh my goodness–I have a running list of funny things kids have said at yoga class. I walk away from every class I teach with at least one memorable quote! One of my favorite toddler-isms that seems to be almost universal happens when I teach them the word “namaste.” Even in toddler class, we close our practice by singing “namaste,” and every time, at least one or two of the children sing “Mama-stay.” I think it is so sweet, and it amazes me that all toddlers seem to do it!

GGYfK: That is so sweet! I love that story. What is one thing that all parents/caregivers should do with or know about kids at this age?

Erin: Toddlers and preschoolers are pretty unpredictable. You never really know how they are going to react (or when they are going to have a meltdown), especially in new situations. Aparigraha is a yoga term that means “non-attachment,” and I think that this practice is so important when you are a parent. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t form an attachment with your toddler–obviously a strong and secure parent-child bond should be established early in life (and you can strengthen this bond by practicing yoga together!). What I mean is that you cannot attach yourself to their behavior. When they are having a meltdown in the grocery store or they are in yoga class refusing to participate or they are displaying any sort of challenging behavior, you need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and remind yourself that you cannot control their behavior. You CAN, however, control how you respond to it. Many times, this little pause is all it takes to help you resolve the situation smoothly.

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As you can tell, Erin, is very knowledgeable about this young age and cares deeply about inspiring young kids and really making a difference in their lives. Stay with us as Erin shares with us some of her tried and true lesson ideas for using yoga with these young ages of kids. You will not want to miss it!

 

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