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Join Go Go Yoga Kids for Family Fun Day

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.

Get your 2 for 1 tickets and find out more here. See you soon!

 

Kids Yoga 101 Teacher Training

Learn how to Teach Yoga to Young Children in our fun and easy to follow online course for a limited price of $10.

Discover how to introduce kids to yoga through breathing exercises, poses, games, and calming techniques. This course is designed for those that want to change the lives of children. Perfect for home, preschools, nursery schools, day cares, camps and clubs.

New students can use coupon code WELCOME to receive 80% off this online training. Learn more here.

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.

Get your own  Hoberman Sphere now.

 

 

Fun in the Sun Kids Yoga Class at Athleta

Welcome Summer! What a fun morning spent teaching yoga to kids at Athleta.

We loved our Beach Ball Yoga Poses, swimming, surfing, and sunning on our yoga mats.

Want to practice our fun summer yoga poses? Get your Free Summer Yoga Pose Guide here or check out our favorite kids yoga resources.

Fun in the Sun: Free Kids Yoga Class at Athleta with Go Go Yoga for Kids

June 7- Fun in the Sun: Beachball Yoga for Kids

Have fun getting fit and flexible through yoga poses, games, mindfulness and more. Led by Sara J. Weis, kids yoga instructor and author of Go Go Yoga for Kids. Be ready for some fun!

Calling all girls who dream crazy big! Come check out our new Pop Up with Athleta Girl styles and join us for a summer themed kids yoga class! We will have fun working on yoga poses, games, mindfulness and more. Led by Sara J. Weis, kids yoga instructor and author of Go Go Yoga for Kids. Stay after class for delicious bites and hair braiding! All girls will recieve a hairband and one lucky girl will win a $50 shop card! Hope to see you there!

Grab a Buddy for these Fun Kids Yoga Partner Poses and Guide

Kids love yoga partner poses! They are fun to do and they build trust and community with one another and the group. These partner poses can be done at home, school, camp, yoga class or anywhere you have kids ready to try something new and have fun.

I try to incorporate partner or group poses in every kids yoga class as it gives everyone a common goal to work toward and builds confidence when mastered.

When I created the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards, I purposely incorporated partner poses for some of the challenge poses. The partner poses are built on progression so gives the children a goal to work toward and it so much fun to achieve together!

Tips on working with partners for a kids yoga class

  • Try to have kids partner up with those of similar size.  All partner poses can be modified, but it is a good idea to start this way.
  • Have the partners get to know one another before practicing the poses. Take a moment for them to introduce themselves to one another and pose a few questions that they need to answer as something they are good at or a favorite game to play.
  • Have one pair of partners demonstrate the Partner Pose before everyone tries it. As the partner pair is demonstrating, this is a good time to talk about proper form and any safety concerns. Although yoga partner poses are safe and fun, it is still a good idea to remind kids to take it slow. They will naturally be excited to get right into the pose so this will help them remember.
  • After the partners have practiced the featured yoga pose for 1-2 minutes. Have one group demonstrate the pose one last time. Kids love to show off the poses with their partners.

Are you ready for a full kids yoga lesson featuring nothing, but partner poses?! Join Go Go Yoga for Kids at Athleta Jordan Creek this summer. Can’t make it? Grab your Partner Kids Yoga Poses here. It will be a kids yoga class that these children will never forget! These are poses they definitely will continue practicing on their own.

Get your Free Kids Yoga Partner Poses here.

Don’t miss more the additional fun Go Go Yoga for Kids partner poses here.

Go Go Yoga Kids Hits New York City for Preschool Yoga Training with Karma Kids

Go Go Yoga for Kids is thrilled to be the winning recipient of a Karma Kids yoga training this summer! We will be hitting their headquarters in New York City for an amazing yoga in the preschool classroom training. This preschool age group is extra special as they are ready and eager to try all new things. Their imaginations are limitless as they can begin to learn the benefits of yoga at this early age.

Yoga in the Preschool Classroom 

Thank you Karma Kids Yoga for this opportunity to continue to learn and inspire young children.

The following is just a peek at all the fun and learning that we will be having in NYC this summer.

Children’s Yoga Teacher Training for Early Childhood Educators

Learn how to help children:

  • Release energy in a small space
  • Build focus and concentration
  • Gain body awareness and a feeling of well-being
  • Increase strength and flexibility
  • Build confidence and self-esteem, as well as self-control
  • Find a sense of calm through breathing and relaxation
  • Cultivate love for one’s self, inside and out

Share yoga with preschoolers at  any time of the day – during lessons, story time, transitions, winding-down time, or after active play. 

Go Go Yoga for Kids will be at this amazing training, June 11th, 2017. Join us here!

Get Your Free Kids Yoga Lesson Plans

Join our community and receive your free kids yoga lesson plans. Perfect for use at home, school, camps or clubs.


Being a Writer School Presentation and Kids Yoga

I was invited to present at Jordan Creek elementary school about Being a Writer and share the process I went through with publishing Go Go Yoga for Kids. The third grade students were wonderful listeners and asked some insightful questions. Of course we did a few yoga poses and games as well!

Toddler and Preschool Kids Yoga Lesson Plan, Rhymes, Music and More

Inspire your young yogi bears, with these simple and fun ways to get young children moving, breathing and singing while having fun with yoga!

Guest Post by Erin Leach owner of Mama Bear Yoga

Warm-Up

I begin every class by singing the song “Wake-Up Toes.” If you’re not familiar with the tune, you can listen to it here. We sing this song from a seated position and wiggle each body part as it is named in the song. It is always a hit with kids in this age group!

Movement

I love using familiar songs and nursery rhymes to teach yoga to toddlers and preschoolers. Not only are they fun and engaging, but they add a language development component to the class. Here are a few of my favorites:

“Humpty Dumpty”

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall (Squat down and wrap your arms around your legs to make you body look like an egg)
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall (Roll backwards onto your back with legs in the air)
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men (“March” your legs in the air by alternating bending and straightening your knees)
Couldn’t put Humpty together again (Flop your arms and legs down to the ground–SPLAT!)

“Five Little Speckled Frogs”

Loosely roll up your yoga mat to make your “log.” Stand on the mat and then squat down in frog pose. Each time a frog jumps into the pool, do a frog jump off of your mat. Listen to the song here.

“Hickory Dickory Dock”

(Have your child lay down with their legs up the wall before beginning the rhyme)
Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock (Creep your fingers up your child’s legs, like the mouse running up the clock)
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down, hickory dickory dock! (Move your child’s right leg slightly to the right to mimic the hands of the clock, then creep your fingers back down their legs)

Savasana

Toddlers and preschoolers can be a bit wiggly, and getting them to stay in one spot for savasana can be a challenge. I like to have parents give their little ones a foot rub during savasana. It’s a great way for them to connect, and it makes the kiddos want to lay still for a few minutes. Starting at the ball of your child’s foot (just under their big toe), use your thumb and rub in a circular motion, making your way across the foot underneath their toes. Continue in this pattern working your way down the foot in rows. One you have covered the entire bottom of the foot, use your index finger and thumb to give a little squeeze and tug on each toe. Finish by cupping the whole foot in both hands and giving a gentle but firm squeeze. You can watch a video of me demonstrating a foot rub here.

Most of all, remember to use this practice to just slow down, forget about all other distractions, and enjoy some quality time with the special little yogi in your life!a

Get this printable lesson plan here:  Go Go Yoga Sample Class

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Erin Leach is a wife, mom, yogi, sometimes-crafter, and a Certified ChildLight Yoga Instructor (CCLYI). She is also currently enrolled in a teacher training program to earn her RYT-200 certification.  Before becoming a full-time at-home mom, she worked for over ten years as an elementary school teacher and counselor.  She also worked in private practice as a child and family therapist. Practicing yoga with young children and their families brings her great happiness, and she looks forward to the opportunity of sharing the gift of children’s yoga with you and your precious little cubs.

 

 

 

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