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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.
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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.
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.
- Select 6 different poses that you want the kids to work on from the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards.
- Use packing tape or clear tape to attach the poses to the dice.
- 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.
- Each player takes a turn to roll the dice. Whatever pose comes up, the player does that pose.
- 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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Read my guest post over at Daily Cup of Yoga to see how you can celebrate this new beginning as a family with some fun aligning yoga poses.
Join Go Go Yoga for Kids and have a whole lot of fun at Family Fun Day presented by Des Moines Moms on September 16, 2017. Learn some new poses, play some yoga games, and prepare to get fit, flexible, focused, and have fun with yoga.
You won’t want to miss this first ever event at Waukee Centennial Park. Tons of fun to be had for the entire family with inflatables, goody bags, food, drinks, and desserts.
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Join Go Go Yoga for Kids on August 4, 2017, for one of two sessions on using Yoga in the Preschool Classroom during the Iowa Preschool and Early Childhood Conference.
Get ready to jump in, learn, and have fun with this engaging session of how to use Yoga in the Preschool Classroom. The many benefits of yoga make this a wonderful addition to any classroom setting. Yoga provides a way to keep children engaged, provide meaningful transitions for one activity to another, and reinforce learning and mindfulness. Yoga is also excellent for promoting a sense of well being, creativity, and teamwork. Learn how to get kids fit, flexible, and focused by using yoga in the classroom.
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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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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.
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