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Things Are Hopping! Kids Easter and Spring Yoga Lesson Plans and Activities

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.

Kids Yoga Challenge Pose CardsCheck out our bestselling Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards in our store and are available  on Amazon and Amazon Europe which provide wonderful pose visuals for games and partner poses.

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.

Yoga With Kids: How Yoga Can Benefit the Kids You Love

Yoga can be a great way for adults to manage stress, but we shouldn’t keep it to ourselves! Join me in this podcast interview with Catharine Basu of Fit Armadillo
as I talk about why it is important to introduce yoga and mindfulness strategies with children and the most effective ways to go about doing it.
Listen in at any of the places below.

Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children is a Recommended Book

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)

 Yoga Lessons for Children Review
 Sara Weis is a mother and elementary school teacher, as well as an experienced kids yoga instructor and teacher trainer. So she has a lot of useful suggestions for how to structure and pace a class while keeping kids safe and engaged.

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)
Yoga Lessons for Kids can be used as a complement to Go Go Yoga: A Complete Guide to Yoga with Kids, or on its own if you already have some training and experience in kids yoga.
Ms. Weis has also created a set of 4×6″ Yoga Challenge Pose Cards that can be used on their own or in conjunction with the books.
Read more here.

Lucky Leprechaun Kids Yoga Class for St Patrick’s Day

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

More St. Paddy’s Kids Yoga Ideas:

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.

Kids Yoga Class at Health and Fitness Expo

Join Go Go Yoga for Kids with a Kids Yoga Winter Class at the Health and Fitness Expo. Kids of all ages practice breathing exercises, yoga games, balance practice, mindfulness, and stillness and savasana.

Winter Kids Yoga Poses from the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards include:
Snowboarding: Warrior 2 Jumps
Snow Angels
Down Dog Snow Forts
Ice Skating in Dancer Pose
Triangle Pose

Kids Yoga Games include:
Choose Your Pose
Musical Mats
Balancing Snowflakes
Pass the Squeeze Mindfulness Game
Melting Ice Cube

Even with all of the expo noise and distraction the children are engaged, having fun, and ready for their Stillness and Savasana at the end.

Materials Used:

Opening Minds: Early Education, Child Care, and School Age Conference Presentation

 

I was honored to speak at the Opening Minds Conference and Expo in Chicago.  It is one of the biggest early childhood events of the year and I was so excited to be a part of it. I presented on How to Easily Incorporate Yoga in Your Preschool Classroom with Poses, Games, and Mindfulness Within Your Existing Curriculum.

 

Best yoga for kids props and resources

I may have slightly overpacked, but I had so many props, resources, and ideas that I couldn’t wait to share with fellow educators, counselors, parents, child care providers, and healthcare professionals about the importance of introducing yoga to young children.

Many of my favorite props are detailed in Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children but there were also many seasonal kids yoga props and games that are very timely and effective such as our Open Hearts and Minds Valentine Box and poses as well as our Snowball Kids Yoga Lesson Plan.

Opening Minds: Early Education, Child Care, and School Age Conference and Expo

An hour and a half can be a long time for a session so I made sure to break it up with some breathing exercises, poses, yoga games and videos that everyone seemed to enjoy. A few favorites were Birthday Candle Breath, Balloon Breathing, how to effectively teach Tree Pose to children and ways to instantly incorporate yoga into the classroom in minutes. We used the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards for some of the exercises, but any yoga pose cards could work.

Top yoga poses for kids. How to teach Tree Pose to kids.

One of my passions is definitely helping children get fit and literate. One easy way to do this is by incorporating quality read aloud books along with yoga poses. I took the opportunity to walk through some of my favorite children’s books and explain how to incorporate yoga poses and games with them. Kids love this and they retain what they are learning all the better if they are moving as well.

Favorite read alouds to teach yoga to children

For example, practice forming some Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Palm Trees and different letter shapes with your body. For more information check out our How to Teach Yoga to Kids with Picture Books video or see a list of our favorite read-aloud books.

I so enjoyed meeting the attendees. They had wonderful questions and feedback. It was definitely a joy to be able to share my passions of kids, teaching, and yoga with others.

Opening Minds Early Childhood Conference and Expo

I was honored to speak at the Opening Minds Conference and Expo in Chicago.  It is one of the biggest early childhood events of the year and I was so excited to be a part of it. I presented on How to Easily Incorporate Yoga in Your Preschool Classroom with Poses, Games, and Mindfulness Within Your Existing Curriculum.

I may have slightly overpacked, but I had so many props, resources, and ideas that I couldn’t wait to share with fellow educators, counselors, parents, child care providers, and health care professionals the importance of introducing yoga to young children.

Yoga is Not About Perfection

Yoga is not about perfection; it is a lifelong journey. By introducing yoga to children it gives them the skills they will have for life. Build those skills with a few simple breathing exercises and yoga poses while having fun with it.

How to Play Kids Yoga Bingo

 

Get your FREE printable kids yoga Bingo cards here.

Use the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards to help play Kids Yoga Pose Bingo.

Need more kids yoga lesson plans and games? Check out our new bestselling book, Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children

Need more kids yoga resources? Visit our store.

#1 New Release: Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children

Thrilled to be the #1 New Release in Lesson Planning for Educators. That is what I am all about. I love writing lesson plans for teachers that will hopefully reach children to help them be active, flexible, focused and mindful.

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