Category: Read Alouds

Teach Yoga to Kids Online Training

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How to Teach Yoga to Kids Online Training 

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Section 1 – What You Will Be Taught in this Course and How it Will Be Taught

What You Will Learn
Hello and welcome to How to Teach Yoga to Kids. My name is Sara Weis and I am glad you are here. I am a certified kid and adult yoga teacher and the bestselling author of Go Go Yoga For Kids, a complete guide to using yoga with kids. I hold a Masters Degree in education and have been teaching and leading children for over 18 years.

I know exactly what works with children and just as importantly what doesn’t work and I am anxious to show you what that is.

Yoga with kids doesn’t have to be complicated and time consuming. You only need minutes to gain skills and lifelong benefits that yoga provides. With our How to Teach Yoga to Kids online course you will become confident with using yoga with kids. This course is for parents, teachers, counselors, and students, and anyone who enjoys yoga and wants to make a difference in kids lives. You’ll be able to use your knowledge in the home, at school, yoga studios, camps, and clubs.

This course is divided into three parts. At the end of this course you’ll be qualified and confident to teach yoga to kids in any setting. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started.

Here’s what you’ll learn in part one. You’ll learn what is kids yoga and how does it differ from adult yoga? Why do kids need yoga? And what are the benefits of yoga for kids? As well as the benefits for you as the adult?

In part two we’re going to get started with kids yoga. We’ll learn some breath work techniques that really work to help calm and center kids. We’ll learn a lot of child friendly yoga poses that can be done anywhere. I’ll give you the top ten yoga games and activities that I have used with kids and numerous times that they have fun with while learning the yoga poses. You’re also going to leave this course with mindfulness tips and relaxation techniques that help your kids settle down.

Part three will be all of our valuable resources. You’re going to have lesson plans and templates for writing your own lessons. You’ll have cheat sheets on putting together kids yoga classes. I’m going to give you lots of recommended book resources, props, and materials. Let’s get going.

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Winners of the New Kids Yoga Picture Book Announced

Congratulations to  Jodi and Meghan, the winners of our giveaway and copies of the new picture book Downward Mule.

These kids are all nailing their Warrior 2 poses and we couldn’t be more impressed. We love seeing kids try out yoga anywhere and anytime.

If you are looking for more great kids yoga resources and books. Check out our tried and true kids yoga resources, read-alouds, and lesson plans here.

You can get your own copy of Downward Mule here.

 

 

 

 

Win a Copy of This Adorable New Kids Picture book: Downward Mule

I have a special place in my heart for children’s books, especially those that are fun to read aloud.  I use children’s literature all the time in my school classroom and kids yoga classes to help introduce new concepts, tie together learning and have a little fun.

When I had the opportunity to review Downward Mule, I was thrilled because this book combined some of my favorite things; a captivating story with a good message, kids, and yoga! Read below for a review and a chance to win a copy.

Send a picture of your child holding their favorite yoga pose for a chance to win a copy.

Everyone can feel down about themselves sometimes but that’s no reason to hide who you are. Downward Mule is an attention grabbing story with the secret yogi Sam the mule, and his best friend Lila, a human.

One hot day down on the farm, the heat is making all the animals too tired and weak to lay eggs and give milk and there is nothing to take to the farmers market. What will Sam and Lila do?

This fun read-aloud book will have kids engaged, laughing, and acting out animals while learning life lessons about confidence and acceptance. All of the animal characters are inspirational while being cute and light hearted. Downward Mule is well written as it teaches yoga poses in a  fun, kid-friendly way. I highly recommend this book to teachers, parents, and kids of all ages! Downward Mule is the perfect book to read aloud in a classroom,  give as a gift, and fun to share with the kids in your life.

To have an opportunity to win a paperback copy of Downward Mule, have your child draw a picture of themselves doing their favorite yoga pose. If it is difficult for them to draw, then snap a picture of them doing their favorite yoga pose.

Please send your picture to:

sara@gogoyogakids.com or
post on our Facebook page. The Winner will be chosen by Tannya Derby, the publisher of Downward Mule and founder of Maclaren-Cochrane Publishing.

Please submit your pictures by May 15, 2017.

The Power of Reading Aloud to Kids

Honey for a Child’s Heart

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The power of reading aloud to your children has no bounds with the positive effects. Check out this article from Yoga Calm. This is my favorite guide book for reading aloud to kids.

See more favorite read aloud books here. These are also perfect for practicing yoga poses!

 

Get Fit and Literate: Read Alouds to use with Kids Yoga

I love reading aloud to kids. Whether it is to my own children, my students at school or during my kids yoga classes, there is just something about using literature with kids that can be calming, engaging or enlightening.

Depending on which book you are reading aloud can bring forth all sorts of teachable opportunities or memorable moments.Hungry Caterpillar

The Go Go Yoga Kids: Empower Kids for Life resource includes an extensive quality book list and lesson ideas to use with these books

Let the book come alive by reading with enthusiasm and emotion! I have found the illustrations help children visualize or pretend to become that animal or feel as if they are in the story. When you add movement, the kids will remember the poses and the story even more as they anticipate what comes next.

Two Favorite Read Aloud Books (and Free Kids Yoga Lesson)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: Begin as Caterpillar and end as a beautiful butterfly:  Kids can transition through the different stages of becoming a butterfly through yoga poses. See how with Go Go Yoga Kids FREE Springtime Transformation lesson here.

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh: Is a fun choice to practice mouse and snake poses with this book. You can be used to introduce the concept of being “quiet as a mouse” for Savasana.

See many more book resources and lessons at Go Go Yoga Kids Resources.

More Easy Ways to Do Yoga at Home with Your Kids

Parents are busy. Kids are busy. Here is how you can get your yoga workout in AND have fun making memories with your kids. Sounds like a win-win situation to me! If you want more easy ideas on getting your kids involved with yoga see here.

Partner Up

Lizard on a Rock 2There are many fun yoga poses that can be done with adults and children. Look here for fun Partner Pose ideas that can be done with your kids.

 

Watch a Video

Not feeling too creative or need some fresh ideas? Check out a You Tube video. There are some fun videos you can find related to kids yoga. While there Subscribe to Go Go Yoga Kids for updates. We will be up and running there soon!

Use a Story:

This is one of my favorite ways to practice yoga with kids. I love reading aloud to my kids and I know how important that is. By reading a story to them they will receive the benefits of reading aloud AND practicing yoga! Here are some of my favorite read alouds that allow  opportunities to try some yoga poses.

Feel like you have those ideas mastered or need some additional inspiration? For more ideas look at our post on even more ways to incorporate yoga, kids, and home.

Earth Day Yoga Kids Fun

Salute the Sun: Happy Earth Day!Our Earth is a beautiful place and should be recognized and celebrated, especially on April 22nd! What better way to do that then with some kids and yoga?! The following are simple yoga poses that can be done at home, school, or a yoga class to help children take a few moments and appreciate our Mother Earth.

Breath: Begin by some simple breaths in your nose and out your mouth. Discuss taking in all of the good clean air that our Earth provides and exhaling all of the unclean and negativity.

Sun Salutations: Begin in Mountain pose with arms overhead and looking up between your hands.  Then dive into a forward fold. Do this several times and try to get longer and taller each time. Breathe in on the way up and exhale as you move into your foward fold.

Tree Pose: Put a spin on this classic balance pose with arms extended overhead and try to close one or both eyes. Tree pose is also fun done as a group in a circle with hands on one another’s shoulders supporting one another. Raise your arms (branches) up as if lifting toward the sun.

Flower: Begin as a seed in child’s pose and slowly come into kneeling pose as if you are an emerging flower. Extend your arms overhead as if they are petals waving in the breeze.

Bicycle: Be green and pretend to ride your bike to school or the park. Lie on your  back and move your legs as if pedaling a bicycle.

Earth Dance: Turn on some music and let the children dance and celebrate their earth. I also love reading aloud this book to children. It is beautifully illustrated, will captivate the children and is fun to act out and do yoga poses while reading.

Earthdance

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