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Join Go Go Yoga for Kids at the Health & Fitness Expo

Start your new year off right at the Health & Fitness Expo January 6-7, 2018 at the Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, Iowa.

Join us for a FREE family fun event filled with interactive exhibits, group fitness classes, educational sessions, demonstrations, and a Kids Zone with Go Go Yoga for Kids plus much much more.

See you there!

Winter Break Fun: Join us for a Kids Yoga Class

Looking for winter break fun for your kids? Let them burn off some energy, learn new yoga poses, play yoga games, practice mindfulness, partner poses, and breathing exercises all to the theme of SNOW! Join us for a fun filled Kids Yoga class Uplift Fitness Studio Dec. 27th 2017  from 9:30-11 AM.

Winter Kids Yoga Class With Snowballs, Poses, and More

What could be more fun than yoga and snowballs? Our winter Snowga for Kids class was a huge hit! Checkout our Snowflake Salutations, sledding, gingerbread making and more. See more winter yoga ideas here.

Want more yoga for kids? Get your free monthly lesson plans delivered here.

Get Ready for the Biggest Early Childhood Event of the Year

Opening Minds USA: Early Education, Childcare and School Age

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I am honored to be selected as a presenter at the Opening Minds: Early Education, Childcare, and School Age Conference in Chicago, IL February 7-10, 2018.

This is the biggest early childhood event of the year and I can’t wait to be a part of it.

I will be presenting on How to Easily Incorporate Yoga in Your Preschool Classroom with Poses, Games, and Mindfulness Within Your Existing Curriculum.

Get ready to learn how to effectively use yoga with young children through a variety of methods in an early childhood session. This engaging and interactive session is designed for teachers, child care providers, counselors, and those who want to learn the best strategies to get young children involved with yoga in kid-friendly ways.

You will learn characteristics of this 2-6 year old age group and why now is the best time to introduce them to yoga. This session will include breathing and calming exercises that really work with these young children to help them focus and ease anxiety, stress or nervousness. These exercises can be used at school or home.

Discover which yoga poses work best for this young age group. Learn how to easily incorporate these poses into your regular classroom schedule. Get proven classroom transition tips to help children move easily and quietly from one activity to another.

Learn cooperative games that allow children to practice yoga poses, build strength, flexibility, and practice self-control while having fun. These games are perfect to play with any size space and require few props or materials.

Handouts will be given including an illustrated yoga pose guide, lesson plans, and resources.


I can’t wait. It promises to be an amazing event. I would love to see you there.

Find out more information or  see ticket prices see here. Take advantage of a discount by ordering 5 or more.

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.

 

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!

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.

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.

 

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