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What a Weekend! An Inside Peek at the National Kids Yoga Conference

Go Go Yoga for Kids was thrilled to be a part of of the 4th annual National Kids Yoga Conference (NKYC) which is held in the Washington DC area each Fall. This year the conference was held in Alexandria, VA, which is a quick 15-minute metro ride or car ride from Reagan National Airport.

This conference is designed for adults to bring yoga and mindfulness to our next generation. This is done through sponsors, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and vendors.

This year was a bit different for me for a couple of reasons compared to last year’s  NKYC conference. First I was a sponsor and vendor which allowed me to have a different experience and perspective.

 

I also traveled completely on my own from Des Moines, Iowa, by plane, train (metro), and automobile (Uber). This truly allowed me to have an appreciation for different opportunities to try new things.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to meet and connect with so many different people from all over the US, Canada, and beyond. It made my weekend to hear the positive comments from others who have used our resources with the Go Go Yoga for Kids Guide, the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards or had taken one of our Kids Yoga 101 online courses.

It was an incredible feeling to be able to put real faces with names and hear about how they were using it with children. Hearing their stories really made all of the time, effort, and energy all worthwhile.

Teresa Power, the brain and energy behind International Kids Yoga Day is just as amazing and kind in person.

I loved meeting with the founder of International Kids Yoga Day, Teresa Power. I have been a yoga ambassador with this incredible event for the past two years. She amazes me with how much she has done to introduce yoga to children all over the year. She has also been a big supporter of Go Go Yoga for Kids so it was wonderful to actually meet in person.

 

Susan Verde and I agreed that we are definitely fans of one another’s work.

Susan Verde, bestselling author of I am Yoga, was also there with her beautiful new book, I am Peace. She is the true example of bringing yoga and mindfulness to children in kid-friendly ways. Susan has also so kind to appreciate Go Go Yoga for Kids from our very beginning.

The people at NKYC are the real deal as they are kind, caring and inspiring. The breakout sessions are amazing, but it is truly about connecting with one another.

It made my heart happy to be surrounded by so many individuals that truly care about children and strive to give them the tools and techniques to be calm, mindful, and healthy leaders for our future.

My friend, Kerry Wekelo, founder of Zendoway and her amazing daughter, Aubrey showing off some partner poses.

You might also like: Quick Takeaways from the National Kids Yoga Conference.

Join Go Go Yoga for Kids for Mindfulness Month: How to Teach Yoga to Kids with Picture Books

October is Mindfulness Month

How do we raise thoughtful, compassionate, emotionally healthy children? It’s a question many parents and caregivers ask in this fast-paced world of smart phones, social media, and the go-go-go pace of modern life.

We do it with a daily yoga, breathing or mindfulness practice of course! Here is your daily practice to do with your kids, friends, family or students of ALL AGES. Enjoy!

How to Teach Yoga to Kids Using Picture Books:
Learn about the secret power of reading aloud to children while doing yoga poses to help give the greatest benefit to kids. As a teacher and reading specialist, I understand the importance of reading aloud to children while keeping kids mindful, active, and learning to achieve great benefits. When you read aloud to children and combine it with yoga poses, you have children that are becoming mindful, fit, and literate! In this video you will discover some of the best books to read aloud to children and learn how you can easily incorporate movement and yoga poses into these read aloud times. A full kids yoga lesson plan that you can use with kids at home or school will also accompany this video.
Benefits:
Children who are read aloud to get a head start in language and literacy. It increases their vocabulary and opportunity for comprehension practice. Combine that with yoga and you have children moving and stretching their bodies while increasing their focus and balance while having fun! When kids are moving it helps enhance their understanding and retention of what they have learned. This is called kinesthetic learning and it is perfect to use with those busy wiggly kids that need to move their bodies during or after those long school days of sitting.
Get your copy of the free Brown Bear Brown Bear Kids Yoga lesson plan here.

 

Free Kids Yoga Lesson Plan: Brown Bear Brown Bear

Kids love this familiar book by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. It’s repetitive style builds confidence with reading in ages 2-6. I love the bright vivid animal illustrations and how this book ties in perfectly to kids yoga.

Read this book aloud and enjoy this preschool and Kindergarten Brown Bear Kids Yoga Lesson movement and yoga lesson plan. It is perfect for home or school.

Get your free Brown Bear kids yoga lesson plan here.

Get your own copy of the classic Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? book here.

Are you interested in learning more ways to use read aloud books with kids to teach yoga? This is truly our passion. We have you covered!

Option 1: Our bestselling book Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga with Kids which includes 15 ready to go kids yoga lesson plans.

Option 2: Enroll in our Kids Yoga 101: How to Teach Yoga to Kids online course. Use coupon code TEACHER for enrollment of only $10. You can take it anytime at your convenience. This course includes the best props, books, and resources to use with kids yoga. Learn more here.

Option 3: Take advantage of both. Entirely new content, ideas, resources, and the best practices for introducing yoga to kids.

Welcome to the Go Go Yoga for Kids Family. We are happy to have you be a part of it!

Join Go Go Yoga for Kids at Author Fair

We would love to see you at the Des Moines Public Library Author Fair on Sunday, October 8 from 1-3 pm.  Enjoy snacks, door prizes, and meet local authors. See here for more information. See you there!

Kids Love to Play Toega: Yoga for Your Feet

Go Go Yoga for Kids loves all opportunities to bring yoga to children in fun and different ways. Toega is the perfect yoga game to play with all different ages.

What is Toega? It is yoga for your feet! Kids love this simple exercise and it is good for them as well. Feet are often scrunched up all day in shoes and socks, and Toega allows children to stretch their toes and build flexibility.

All you need are some colored pom pom balls and bare feet! It is fun and easy to play.

How to Play Toega

  1. Scatter the pom pom balls on the ground.
  2. Try picking up the colored balls with your toes.
  3. Then place the balls on your yoga mat or another flat surface.

When I play with Toega with kids, I like to change it up a little by having different challenges for the children. Sometimes I will challenge the older to kids to collect balls of the same color or size. Or I will have a time limit to see how many they can gather in 1 minute with their toes.

After the children have gathered up their pom pom balls, I like to bring a connection or close to the activity by having the children sort them in groups or “families”. I leave it open ended and  it is neat to see what they come up with for ideas.  They will often sort by size and color, but once in awhile I get an expected response and that is lots of fun.

By the way…I just LOVE my new Toega mat that I found here. It just makes it extra fun to play Toega.

Want more yoga games for kids? Get our monthly newsletter here for your free yoga games and lesson plans.

See more Toega in action at our Family Fun Day.

Family Fun Day with Go Go Yoga for Kids

It was a beautiful day for some family fun and outdoor yoga at Family Fun Day. We spent the morning playing yoga games, trying new poses, and getting kids excited about yoga.

Toega is a great workout for little toes.

Triangle Pose is a favorite!

Yoga Jenga is still fun…even when the blocks fall over.

Roll the Yoga Dice and see what pose to practice.

Kids love to try partner yoga poses. The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards were perfect for trying to master many different poses.

 

Want to learn more about how to teach yoga to kids? We are here to help!

Join our Kids Yoga 101 Online Training. Use discount code TEACHER  to enroll for only $10. Take these two courses at your any pace and from the comfort of your home.

Find out more here.

 

Join Go Go Yoga for Kids at Iowa Author Fest

We would love to see you, Saturday, September 23 for a fun day filled with family fun. Meet local Iowa Authors, food, face painting, giveaways, games, and much more. Everyone is welcome. Free Admission.

Located at Jasper Winery from 11:30-5 pm. Find out more here.

Learn New Yoga Poses With The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards

Learn a new pose every day of the month! These 30 colorful progressive 4×6 yoga pose cards are perfect for practicing balance, maintaining flexibility, and gaining strength.

Each pose is given a 1-5 starred level based on difficulty. Children can work through the levels at their own pace, create hundreds of yoga routines and flows, and enjoy practicing the partner poses with others.

Each 4×6 pose card is complete with an empowering mantra and 15 Bonus Yoga Games to play using the yoga cards. An adorable drawstring bag keeps all of the pose cards together and easily accessible for practice.

Learn more here or purchase directly from our store or on Amazon.

National Kids Yoga Conference Coming Your Way

I am so excited to return to Washington DC in just a few weeks for the National Kids Yoga Conference.  Last year was my first time attending this event and I left connected,  inspired, and energized to continue introducing children to yoga.

Just a year ago,  Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga with Kids had just been released and I was nervous yet excited to share it with other fellow kids yoga teacher enthusiasts.

I will never forget how I tentatively pulled it out of my bag and shared it briefly during a relevant breakout session. It is definitely the introvert in me as well as probably my mid western roots, but I often feel uncomfortable talking about myself. I had worked hard on this book, yes, and it was everything that I would have wanted to know and have when I first started teaching yoga to children. I just didn’t want it to be about me.

A wise friend once reminded me, it is not about me, it is about sharing something with others that can truly help them. I do truly have others’ best interests in mind and absolutely believe this book and other resources can truly benefit and help others, adults and kids, enjoy the fun and benefits of yoga.

The kids yoga community is kind. I heard several times at the NKYC conference how there is enough room for everyone and everything. We are all working together to help spread the joy, fun, and benefits of yoga to children.

While I am thinking of kindness, one incredible person jumps to mind instantly, Kerry Wekelo of Zendoway. We met at the National Kids Yoga Conference last year and she has the biggest heart and giving spirit that comes completely naturally and just ebbs from her.

Zendoway is a sponsor for NKYC this year and has invited Go Go Yoga for Kids to be a part of it as well.

My plane ticket is bought, my books and kids yoga pose cards are ready to share, and I can’t wait to learn and connect with others.

 

How to Play the Yoga Dice Game

Kids Yoga at the Zoo

I  love introducing yoga to children and have been thrilled that Go Go Yoga for Kids has gotten to be a part of many fun family events as well as author events this past year.

I feel uncomfortable just sitting behind a table, and I would much rather interact with the children and introduce them to yoga through a variety of ways.

Often when Go Go Yoga for Kids does an event, I will teach a kids yoga class, or offer mini yoga sessions so the children can get an opportunity to  try yoga in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

This past weekend we had  an event at a zoo so I was ready with zoo animal yoga poses and our popular Off the Zoo Kids Yoga Lesson Plan.

One of our new favorite games to play is the Yoga Dice Game. For this game you need a giant dice. I found a fun inexpensive blow up one on Amazon.

  1. Select 6 different poses that you want the kids to work on from the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards.
  2. Use packing tape or clear tape to attach the poses to the dice.
  3. I also printed out labels for the poses. This step isn’t necessary as the pose cards already have the names of the poses on them.
  4. Each player takes a turn to roll the dice. Whatever pose comes up, the player does that pose.
  5. Continue rolling the dice until all of the poses are mastered.

For the Zoo Kids Yoga Event, I had animal stickers to give the children when they tried the pose. It is not necessary, however, as the kids just had fun rolling the giant dice.

I also love that you can continue changing the poses on the dice so the game continues to be fresh and fun. It also works great for all ages. Have fun playing the Yoga Dice Game!

Want over 100 more kids yoga games and activities? The bestselling Go Go Yoga Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga With Kids has you covered with all you need to know for introducing yoga to children.

 

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