If you’re interested in yoga and mindful movement for children and teens, check out Go Go Yoga For Kids by Sara J. Weis.
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Looking to try something new and active with your children? Yoga games are a great way to get kids moving, working together, and improve their communication skills. Yoga games also provide the perfect opportunity to learn new poses and increase balance and flexibility.
The following games can be played with different age levels with simple adjustments. These yoga games can also be used anywhere as they don’t need any preparation or materials. Just put on a smile and have fun playing these games on the go!
Choose one partner to go first. The first partner will slowly move through a sequence of yoga poses while the other person mimics the movements. After a couple of minutes switch roles so the other person takes the lead.
This game will help children realize how all of their body parts have advantages and can make them stronger. Call out two different body parts that should be touching the floor or yoga mat and have them show that pose. For example “Two hands/Two Feet” could mean the children could show down dog, plank, cat, cow, standing forward fold, or a new pose that they invent. There are no wrong poses. It is just a fun way to get your body moving in different ways.
Children sit in a circle and one child moves around the circle tapping children on the head saying, “Yogi, Yogi” and picks someone by saying “Go.” The first child will jump, hop, gallop, etc. around the circle trying to make it back to his/her seat without getting caught. If caught they then hold a yoga pose in the middle of the circle.
Draw a shape on a whiteboard or a piece of paper and everyone must try to make that shape with their body. This can be done individually, in pairs, or in small groups. A fun challenge in pairs or groups is to see if they can make the shape while working together silently. Good figures to use are circles, lines, and certain letters.
This is an active game that allows lots of movement while practicing yoga poses that the children know or have learned. Have a long jump rope or some other way to divide your room in half. When the leader says, “sea”, everyone jumps to the “sea” side. When the leader says “shore”, they jump to the other side. When the leader says “shells”, the participants must make a yoga pose. Try going quickly and mix them up. The kids will love it!
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Hello friends! We would love to see you at Barnes and Noble Jordan Creek on Saturday, December 3, from 1-3 pm for a Bestseller Go Go Yoga Kids book signing. Plus, my new friend Laura Jensen-Kimball author of award winning children’s book, Momster, will be there too! Two friendly local authors who love kids in one place: You can’t be that!
Curious on how to get started with writing, publishing and distributing your own book? Check out Laura’s resource network for writers, Wacky Stack Books.
What do superheroes, dinosaurs and princesses have in common with yoga?
Where did the name Go Go Yoga Kids come from?
What happens after age 7 with our bodies?
How can all ages of kids benefit from yoga?
All of this and much more on my interview with my interview with Pat Rullo of Speak Up Talk Radio.
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I spent a wonderful morning at the Paton-Churdan School speaking to the students about being a writer and playing some fun yoga games. I hope the students were inspired to continue to try their best in everything they do. I certainly met and saw amazing kids trying their best when faced with something new.
Be on the lookout in the Jefferson Herald for some fun photos that their photographer took. You can also view our entertaining Mannequin Challenge here. The kids were very excited about this and I was amazed at their focus. Being still isn’t easy, but when you include some balance as well, it is even more challenging! The junior high kids are first in the video, followed by the preschool and elementary.
I would very much appreciate your review here. Reviews help spread the word about Go Go Yoga Kids so others may be introduced to the physical, mental and fun benefits of yoga. If you would still like to purchase a book at the special school rate of $10, please stop in the school office. Go Go Yoga Kids is also available at the Printer’s Box in Jefferson, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
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The junior high kids rocked this yoga mannequin challenge! The preschool and elementary tried their best. It’s hard to be still! No matter what, everyone had fun! #mannequinchallenge #kidsyoga #gogoyogakids #mannequin #yogachallenge #yogaeverywhere
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By MATTHEW REZAB
If you hear friends or neighbors talking about “Go Go Yoga Kids” you didn’t miss a reboot of the “Inspector Gadget” TV cartoon.
“Go Go Yoga Kids: Empower Kids For Life Through Yoga” is a new best-selling book by Sara (North) Weis, a Jefferson native.
The book, published in August, instructs parents and teachers how to get children involved in yoga while still having fun.
“I could not find any kids yoga lesson plans anywhere, so I decided to make my own,” said Weis, who now lives with her husband Dave and three kids in West Des Moines. “You picture it being this serious and meditative thing, but with kids it’s got to be active and busy and engaging and fun.”
Weis has been teaching kindergarten in West Des Moines for 17 years since graduating from UNI in 1999 with degrees in elementary and early childhood education.
She’s following in mother Karen and father Jim’s footsteps. Jim North — who Weis says “everyone knows” — taught English in the same room at the middle school for 38 years.
“I knew, even growing up, that I wanted to be a teacher,” Weis said. “My mom used to baby-sit kids out of our house and I’d always organize them into games and create projects.”
The 1995 Jefferson-Scranton High School graduate says she became a certified kids’ yoga instructor a few years ago in Colorado and hasn’t looked back.
“I thought this is what I’m meant to do,” she said. “It has kids, it has yoga, it has lesson plans and games. It all came together, everything that I loved.”
Weis uses superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs and anything else kids are interested in to motivate them to get started with yoga. The kids learn the same poses as adults, but in a kid-friendly way.
“I didn’t want it to be like an adult yoga class, so I took what kids are interested in and made them into yoga poses and made them into lesson plans and themes,” Weis said. “That is what people have loved.”
The book has been something of an instant hit.
It’s already earned best-seller status on Amazon and is available in Des Moines area libraries and bookstores.
The book features dozens of photos of kids doing the yoga poses because “when kids see other kids doing yoga, they want to do it too,” she said. Her own children, Megan, 14, Lucy, 12, and Max, 9, are pictured performing yoga poses in the book.
Yoga became a part of Weis’ life while she was training for triathlon events in her 20s. She said she overtrained, and at times became obsessed with her workouts.
“I really didn’t pace myself very well,” she said. “I hit it too hard. But my favorite workouts of all were yoga. It allowed me to slow down and take a step back.”
Weis, who self-published the book to get it on the shelves faster, had the idea for the book two years ago, but really focused hard on finishing in January, she said. She had the help of a cover designer, a copy editor and her husband putting the final product together.
“He’s a technology guy,” Weis said of her husband Dave, a Dunlap native. “I can write all the words, but he was the one who set up the blog and get everything formatted correctly.”
Weis said the benefits kids get from yoga go beyond the physical.
Yoga birthday parties, yoga sessions in school and after school are becoming more and more common.
“Kids are over-consumed with technology and social media now,” Weis said. “Yoga gives them a chance to be mindful and take a step back, plus it’s good for their bodies. I see kids are so used to instant gratification from video games and technology in general. It gives them a chance to get away from that.”
She says “Go Go Yoga Kids” is good for children in preschool through middle school.
“I have a lot of stuff for the young kids, but there’s also some stuff for tweens,” she said. “They’re growing so fast and can be at that awkward stage. Yoga is great for keeping those muscles warm and stretched.”
Weis says she hopes to eventually have the book in stores and libraries across the country.
Those interested can also visit gogoyogakids.com to subscribe to Weis’ newsletter and get updates on the latest trends in kids yoga.