Month: March 2018 (Page 1 of 2)
I had the honor to guest post over at Mindful Teachers.
We live in a fast-paced world and so do our children. How can we, as adults and teachers, help children connect with themselves and others and also learn to enjoy the moment they are in?
What we think about ourselves can often impact how we develop.
- If we feel we are inadequate, then we’ll behave like that.
- If we believe we are special and loved, we will most likely behave as if we are special and loved.
This is one reason why affirmations and mantras can be an important tool to help children develop positive foundations on which to grow. A positive self-belief system built in childhood will hopefully stay with a person throughout their life.
What are Mantras?
The word ‘mantra’ comes from Sanskrit, and is generally used to mean a special word or phrase that’s used in meditation. Some parents and teachers may be concerned that mantras conflict with their religious beliefs, but mantras don’t need to have a religious aspect or overtone.
You can think of mantras as a few positive words spoken to ourselves each day. This can make such a difference to our whole mind and heart.
Mantras are similar to affirmations, and over time they can help change the way we feel. Mantras are repeated over and over to ourselves out loud or silently. It’s a wonderful technique for kids to use to set themselves up for doing their best and feeling good about themselves and their efforts.
Providing different tools for children to practice mindfulness with mantras, breathing exercises, and yoga poses is one of my passions. As I developed the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards, I wanted to be sure to include all the important tools.
Each card shows a yoga pose and corresponding mantra. Each of the yoga poses involves a variety of muscles working and may make a person feel differently. The accompanying affirmation for each pose is short and memorable.
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How many physical activities can your child be a part of that allows them to progress and move at their own rate? Yoga is a life long practice. The sooner children learn poses and breathing exercises, the longer they will be able to reap the benefits.
Get things hopping with Go Go Yoga for Kids and these Spring Kids Yoga Lesson Plans and Ideas.
Get your free complete Easter Egg Kids Yoga Lesson Plan here with all of the Spring yoga poses, games and activities. You may also like our Spring Yoga Transformation lesson plan complete with seed to flower and caterpillar to cocoon.
For more kids lesson plans check out our bestselling guides; Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide for Using Yoga With Kids and Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children.
For more kids yoga lesson plans check out our two bestselling books filled with dozens of ready to go kids yoga lesson plans and kids yoga games and activities.
Thank you, Mindful Teachers, for your honest book review of Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children. Read an excerpt of their review below.
Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children (recommended book)
But her biggest strength is as the creator of fun yoga-based activities. Her new book, Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children has dozens of games and activities: Yoga Bingo! Princesses and pirates! Not to mention the four seasons, birthdays, the Olympics, and trips to the farm and circus. (Although I suspect one of the most popular themes might turn out to be the “Quick-and-Easy No-Time-to-Plan Kids Yoga Lesson.”)
Other features of the book include:
- a variety of breathing practices;
the best yoga poses for children;
- three different versions of a template for planning your own lessons;
- a dozen lessons based on read-aloud books, including I Am Yoga and I Am Peace by Susan Verde; and
- an illustrated Pose Glossary (which would also be useful for d/Deaf-friendly teaching)
Go Go Yoga for Kids is thrilled to announce the launching of the Kids
The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards will challenge you and your kids with balance, flexibility, mindfulness, and more. This card deck includes 40 poses including partner poses, confidence building pose mantras, and fun games to play together using these cards.
The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards Include:
- 40 progressive yoga poses including partner poses
- Empowering pose mantras for beginners and meditation
- Poses rated from 1-5 stars based on levels
- Easy to follow poses to create many original yoga flows
- 15 Bonus Games to play using these 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
- Comes in a fun drawstring burlap bag
Read what others are saying about the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards.
The Go Go Yoga for Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards are an excellent product for parents, teachers, and kids yoga instructors alike! The illustrations are bright and colorful, and the cards can be used in so many different ways. My kids just love practicing the poses, and we can’t wait to try the suggested games. These cards are a great companion to Sara’s book but can also be used on their own. Highly recommend!!
These cards are awesome! Simple, kid friendly pictures and an inspiring statement to go with each card. I used these in my Kindergarten classroom and was able to quickly and easily teach a handful of poses. There is a card with suggested ways to use the cards and suggestions for games to play with them, too. Will purchase more sets of these to use as gifts and give to fellow educators and parents.
Find out more about the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards.
Get ready to celebrate St. Patricks Day with these lucky and fun kids yoga poses, games, breathing exercises and more. Perfect for home, school, and studio. Get the full lesson plan in our bestselling book Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children.
Begin with Rainbow Breath:
1.Place your index fingers together.
2. On the inhale reach your arms to one side of your body.
3. On the exhale, raise your arms overhead and lower to the other side.
Themed Yoga Poses:
Pot of Gold: Boat Pose
Leprechaun: Chair Pose or Warrior 2 Pose
4 Leaf Clover: Star Pose
Horseshoe: Horse Pose
Rainbow: Wheel Pose, Bridge Pose, Reverse Plank
Visuals for all of these yoga poses can be found in the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards
Balance Practice: Use plastic gold coins to work on balancing them on your hand, head, knee, etc. The children will have lots of ideas on where they can balance their gold coins. You can also use these gold coins for balance relays which the kids think are lots of fun.
Find the complete Lucky Leprechaun Kids Yoga Lesson Plan in our new bestselling Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children book.
Get your free Kids Yoga St. Patricks Day Mandala here.