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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.

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.

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.

The Top 3 Breathing Exercises for Anxious Kids

A new school year is right around the corner and that brings on a lot of anxiety for kids. As parents and teachers we need to recognize that kids get nervous too…and

not only just for school. Any type of new situation can bring on unease for children. Help children manage their anxiety with breathing exercises.

Hop over to Mindful Teachers to read our guest post on the Top 3 Breathing Exercises for Kids. These can be done anywhere and are great for kids.

Are you interested in learning more about How to Teach Yoga to Kids?

Check out our Kids Yoga 101 online training course. Use coupon code TEACHER to enroll for only $10.

How to Use Yoga in the School Classroom

The wonderful preschool age is one of my favorites stages for kids. This age group is imaginative, creative, and always up for trying something new. When I was asked to speak and exhibit at the Iowa Early Childhood Conference about Using Yoga in the Preschool Classroom, of course I had to say yes. I have so much to share about how to use yoga with kids at home or school.

These preschool early childhood teachers and directors were ready to learn about how to incorporate yoga into their classroom with yoga poses, games, breathing exercises, lesson plans, and much more.

I love teaching how ordinary props and materials can be used to engage children and get them excited about yoga.

See our recommended kids yoga resources or enroll in our online course Kids Yoga 101: How to Teach Yoga to Kids for hundreds of more ideas on using yoga with kids.

You can also learn more here.

The benefits of using yoga with kids is unbeatable. The good news is, that they are the same benefits for adults. We rocked the Top 9 Yoga Poses for Kids. These poses are perfect for these young and growing bodies.

Are you interested in teaching yoga to kids? Find out more about our Online Kids Yoga Training here.

We currently have over 150 students from over 25 different countries. We would love to see you in class.

 

 

 

How to Use a Breathing Ball or Hoberman Sphere With Kids

One of my new  favorite items to use in teaching kids yoga is the Breathing Ball or Hoberman Sphere .  It provides a great visual  for teaching kids to slow down their breath, and take long and even inhales and exhales.  We also talk about how the Breathing Ball is similar to the the work our lungs or diaphragm does.

How to Use a Breathing Ball with Children:

  • As a teacher or leader, model using it together as a whole group. As you stretch the ball out, take a deep long breath, together as a group. Then as you squeeze the ball together, let out a long deep exhale. You can experiment with the pace and show what happens when we breathe in and out too quickly. Talk about the difference in how your body feels when you take short quick breaths compared to long deep breaths.
  • If it is a smaller group, pass the ball around the circle and let each child take turns opening and closing it in time with their breath.
  • The ball is also fun to toss around the circle as it opens and shuts. Have the children participate in a team building and cooperation exercise to see how many times they can catch the ball with out it dropping. This is also a good exercise in building mindfulness.

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Welcome to Go Go Yoga for Kids

Hi I am Sara, and welcome to Go Go Yoga for Kids; the place to get kids fit, flexible and focused while having fun with yoga.

Kids, yoga, and teaching are my passions and I have inspired thousands of  children for over 18 years as a elementary teacher and kids yoga instructor. I have the exact kid tested and approved yoga resources and lesson plans for you to introduce kids to yoga through movement, mindfulness, fun, and games.

Go Go Yoga for Kids is perfect for parents, teachers, and anyone who enjoys yoga and kids. I am glad you are here, now let’s get started!

 

Interested in our Kids Yoga Book and Yoga Cards?

See our extensive list of recommended kids yoga resources and lesson plans.

Teach Yoga to Kids Teacher Training

Below is a portion of the transcript of the:

How to Teach Yoga to Kids

Online Teacher Training

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Section 3 – Begin with Breath

Breath Work Strategies That Really Work With Kids

Let’s begin with breath. Why is breath important? Deep breathing helps calm us if we’re nervous or anxious. With yoga it helps us hold the poses longer and center ourselves. This is especially important for kids who are maybe nervous or anxious at home or at school. We’re going to show you some kid friendly ways to practice breath work.

We’re going to learn eight breathing techniques that kids can remember and use in the home, at school, any time they’re feeling anxious, nervous, or upset. So why is breath important? Deep breathing helps calm us if we’re nervous or anxious. With yoga it also helps us hold the poses longer and center ourselves. I’m going to show you some fun kid friendly ways to practice that deep breathing and breath work.

First off is our Belly Breathing. You can place your hand right on your belly and go ahead and breathe in and breathe out and you can actually feel the breath moving inside. Another fun way to do it that kids love if they know each other is lay on their tummies and breathe deeply and see if they can feel their friend’s breath work as well.

Number 2 is Window Fog. Pretend like you’re trying to fog up a car or maybe you’re stepping outside in the cold air and you’re kind of seeing your breath. Go ahead and breathe deeply in and out as hard as you can. Put your hand there so you can feel your breath moving.

Blowing out the Candle is especially fun too.  Put your index fingers together and then you’ll breathe in then and breathe out as if you’re blowing out those birthday candles.

These Breathing Balls are another great visual to see your breath actually working. The training video shows you how the ball expands and decreases. Kind of how your diaphragm would work with your breath.

Feathers are a great tool for breath work as well. You can blow your feather up and down your yoga mat. You can blow it across the room. These are inexpensive ways to actually see your breath in action.

Pinwheels are another great resource. You can take it outside, you can take in the house and practice blowing it fast or blowing it slow. You can practice different ways of utilizing your breath.

Bubbles are a great way too to see how your breath is actually working. 

Finally we must remember sun salutations. These are important with yoga to connect this movement of reaching up high to the sun and then diving forward towards your toes. Go ahead and breathing in as you rise up and exhaling as you fall down. That really helps you connect the movement with the breath and really warms up your whole body.

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Teach Yoga to Kids Online Training

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How to Teach Yoga to Kids Online Training 

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Section 1 – What You Will Be Taught in this Course and How it Will Be Taught

What You Will Learn
Hello and welcome to How to Teach Yoga to Kids. My name is Sara Weis and I am glad you are here. I am a certified kid and adult yoga teacher and the bestselling author of Go Go Yoga For Kids, a complete guide to using yoga with kids. I hold a Masters Degree in education and have been teaching and leading children for over 18 years.

I know exactly what works with children and just as importantly what doesn’t work and I am anxious to show you what that is.

Yoga with kids doesn’t have to be complicated and time consuming. You only need minutes to gain skills and lifelong benefits that yoga provides. With our How to Teach Yoga to Kids online course you will become confident with using yoga with kids. This course is for parents, teachers, counselors, and students, and anyone who enjoys yoga and wants to make a difference in kids lives. You’ll be able to use your knowledge in the home, at school, yoga studios, camps, and clubs.

This course is divided into three parts. At the end of this course you’ll be qualified and confident to teach yoga to kids in any setting. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started.

Here’s what you’ll learn in part one. You’ll learn what is kids yoga and how does it differ from adult yoga? Why do kids need yoga? And what are the benefits of yoga for kids? As well as the benefits for you as the adult?

In part two we’re going to get started with kids yoga. We’ll learn some breath work techniques that really work to help calm and center kids. We’ll learn a lot of child friendly yoga poses that can be done anywhere. I’ll give you the top ten yoga games and activities that I have used with kids and numerous times that they have fun with while learning the yoga poses. You’re also going to leave this course with mindfulness tips and relaxation techniques that help your kids settle down.

Part three will be all of our valuable resources. You’re going to have lesson plans and templates for writing your own lessons. You’ll have cheat sheets on putting together kids yoga classes. I’m going to give you lots of recommended book resources, props, and materials. Let’s get going.

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