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Kids Love to Play Toega: Yoga for Your Feet

Go Go Yoga for Kids loves all opportunities to bring yoga to children in fun and different ways. Toega is the perfect yoga game to play with all different ages.

What is Toega? It is yoga for your feet! Kids love this simple exercise and it is good for them as well. Feet are often scrunched up all day in shoes and socks, and Toega allows children to stretch their toes and build flexibility.

All you need are some colored pom pom balls and bare feet! It is fun and easy to play.

How to Play Toega

  1. Scatter the pom pom balls on the ground.
  2. Try picking up the colored balls with your toes.
  3. Then place the balls on your yoga mat or another flat surface.

When I play with Toega with kids, I like to change it up a little by having different challenges for the children. Sometimes I will challenge the older to kids to collect balls of the same color or size. Or I will have a time limit to see how many they can gather in 1 minute with their toes.

After the children have gathered up their pom pom balls, I like to bring a connection or close to the activity by having the children sort them in groups or “families”. I leave it open ended and  it is neat to see what they come up with for ideas.  They will often sort by size and color, but once in awhile I get an expected response and that is lots of fun.

By the way…I just LOVE my new Toega mat that I found here. It just makes it extra fun to play Toega.

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See more Toega in action at our Family Fun Day.

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.

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How to Play the Yoga Dice Game

Kids Yoga at the Zoo

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.

  1. Select 6 different poses that you want the kids to work on from the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards.
  2. Use packing tape or clear tape to attach the poses to the dice.
  3. 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.
  4. Each player takes a turn to roll the dice. Whatever pose comes up, the player does that pose.
  5. 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.

 

Celebrate National Yoga Month with Kids

September is  National Yoga Month which is a perfect opportunity to educate others about yoga and leading a healthier lifestyle. What better way to do that then by learning some new yoga poses and introducing them to kids? Get fit, flexible and focused together as a family or at school.

To celebrate National Yoga Month get your free illustrated Kids Yoga Pose Guide. Enjoy learning the Best 9 Yoga Poses for Kids. More good news is that they are beneficial for you as well!.

If you are up for even more of a challenge this month, check out our Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards which include 30 Progressive Yoga Poses complete with balance, flexibility, partner poses, and 15 bonus yoga games to use with the cards.

These pose cards come in a fun burlap drawstring bag to keep it all together. It is also fun for kids to draw out and select a new pose to try.

You can learn a new pose each day of National Yoga Month! Good luck, have fun, and keep us posted on what you did to celebrate this fun month of yoga.

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.

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