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Ask the Author: Go Go Yoga for Kids

It was “Ask An Author Anything”visit..and these 4th grade students sure did! It was so much fun visiting Jordan Creek Elementary School and answering their author questions. We covered it all including; getting ideas for stories, adding pictures and a cover, the publishing process, and if kids can get published. (Yes they can!) I am certain some of them will!

For the full Ask the Author presentation, please check it out here.

Here were a few student questions:

1. How do you get your ideas?
2. What do you do with your idea to get started? Mind Mapping, revising and editing made easy.
3. How do you add pictures?
4. What about a cover?
5. Where can you put your book when it is published?
6. Can a kid get published?
7. Will you write another book?

Find out more here.

 

How to Plan and Lead a Kids Yoga Event or Class Like a Pro

Part of the fun of introducing children to yoga is teaching classes and leading events. I do both of these on a regular basis and understand that while they are both important, they are both completely different in terms of planning and preparing for.

I am the type of person that likes to try to be prepared in all that I do. When I plan for my kids yoga classes that I teach regularly, I already know the ages and number of children ahead of time. This allows me to select age appropriate themes, yoga poses, props, and prepare an engaging lesson plan.

When leading those one time (medium or large sized) kids yoga events such as at bookstoresstores, parks, schools, libraries, and expos, there are different ways to go about planning and preparing. To see where Go Go Yoga for Kids has been recently, check out the links above.

There is definitely an element of the unknown to consider. How many kids will actually show up at the event? How large of an age range for children will there be? What other distractions and varying surroundings are there to think about such as the weather, other people, and surrounding noises?

All of these unknowns can make planning difficult, but I have come up with a few guidelines that help make these large group kids yoga events go smoothly.

  1. Over Pack and Plan. I know my children and husband would agree that this is one of my biggest talents (or burdens as they  usually help lug all of my props and materials). I always bring extra mats for kids that don’t have one. I also bring seasonal or theme related props such beachballs, snowballs, Easter Eggs, etc).  See some of my favorite props here. These props are also great for attention getting in a busy setting. I also have a lesson plan in mind that I want to use with 1-2 additional activities such as related partner poses, marker board, or read aloud books for just in case.
  2. Arrive Early. This is a biggie. No matter how early I arrive at an event, the time always flies before the class starts. Allow yourself time to check in with the organizer and thank them for inviting you, check the sound system/speaker for your music, and set up/organize any materials and resources. I also like to welcome the kids and help get the mats or beach towels appropriately. I like to have my classes begin in a circle and is helpful for you to help lay down the first couple of mats so others will get the idea.
  3. Keep It Moving. My recommenced class time frame for an event is for 30-40 minutes. Since you are unsure of the actual numbers and ages of children that will show up, it is better to have your class time be filled with movement, poses, and games and Stillness and Savasana at the end. Your job is to introduce children to yoga. Of course safety is a priority, but during an event is not the time to be sure that every child’s leg is in a perfect 90 degree angle in Warrior 2. 

At the end, be sure to thank the kids (and adults who brought them) for coming and give them any additional ideas and resources for continuing to practice yoga at home. Many times, this may be a child’s first interaction with yoga so be proud that you helped introduce them to this practice and the life long skills and benefits that accompany yoga.

Get kids fit, flexible, and focused with our yoga pose guide

Check out our fun Kids Yoga in the Park event here.

Need more on How to Plan a Kids Yoga Class? See our Bestselling books Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga with Kids and Yoga Lessons for Children.

 

 

 

Kids Yoga in the Park

Spring has finally arrived! It was a perfect day to celebrate with Kids Yoga in the Park with Go Go Yoga for Kids and Des Moines Parent. Over 50 kids, parents, and caregivers joined in the outdoor yoga fun.

First we warmed up our bodies with Sunrise and Sunset Salutations followed by some Sunflower exercises. Next we drew a surprise pose from the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards. We practiced and perfected our yoga poses by showing how strong we were with our Warrior 2 jumps, rowing in our Boat Pose, Down Dog kick ups, and Tree Pose balance challenge.

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    We practiced our poses with a fun Musical Mats game and completed the class with a very peaceful and relaxing Stillness and Savasana while listening to the sounds of nature all around.

Get kids fit, flexible, and focused with our yoga pose guide

Check out our Kids Yoga in the Park preview below. It was a windy (but sunny!) day. The audio isn’t perfect and we were able to get just a little glimpse of this fun class with video, but will give an idea of the fun we had!

Want to learn more about How to Plan a Kids Yoga Event and Class Like a Pro? See our best tips and article here. No it does not include fully charging your video camera 😉 These tips are much more hands on and practical.

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.

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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.

Go Go Yoga for Kids: Book Launch Team

Are you ready to kick off 2018 by being a part of something fun? I am in the process of assembling a launch team for our new Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children book set to be released in early 2018!

I don’t want to give away too many details yet, but this is exactly the book that you have asked for. More kids yoga lesson plans, brand new yoga games, breathing exercises, ways to teach mindfulness with children plus much much more. Of course I included some surprises that I created with exactly you in mind. I can’t wait for you to get your hands on it!

Members of our launch team will receive a free preview copy of Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children, access to our members only facebook group, and the opportunity to leave feedback as this book is entering the final publishing stages. It will be so much fun to have you be a part of launching this hopefully repeat bestseller book.

Apply for the Go Go Yoga for Kids Book Launch Team here. Space is limited. I can’t wait to see you on the inside!

Namaste,

Sara

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.

Join us for a free kids yoga class on January 7th at 11 AM.

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.

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