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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: Bestseller Books

What a week, friends! With all of the negativity and sad news that sometimes surrounds us in the media, it is definitely a great thing when something uplifting and good like Yoga with Kids can reach others. There is definitely hope for a positive future.

Thank you for joining me! Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga with Kids and Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children.

Coming Soon! Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children

You asked for it, you got it! We are very excited to announce the upcoming release of Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children. With over 50 ready to use kids yoga lesson plans, brand new yoga games, how to effectively teach yoga to children at school and home, plus much much more.

I am so excited to share this book with you! Get the latest book updates and news right here. [convertkit form=5126620]

Free Kids Yoga Lesson Plan: Brown Bear Brown Bear

Kids love this familiar book by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. It’s repetitive style builds confidence with reading in ages 2-6. I love the bright vivid animal illustrations and how this book ties in perfectly to kids yoga.

Read this book aloud and enjoy this preschool and Kindergarten Brown Bear Kids Yoga Lesson movement and yoga lesson plan. It is perfect for home or school.

Get your free Brown Bear kids yoga lesson plan here.

Get your own copy of the classic Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? book here.

Are you interested in learning more ways to use read aloud books with kids to teach yoga? This is truly our passion. We have you covered!

Option 1: Our bestselling book Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga with Kids which includes 15 ready to go kids yoga lesson plans.

Option 2: Enroll in our Kids Yoga 101: How to Teach Yoga to Kids online course. Use coupon code TEACHER for enrollment of only $10. You can take it anytime at your convenience. This course includes the best props, books, and resources to use with kids yoga. Learn more here.

Option 3: Take advantage of both. Entirely new content, ideas, resources, and the best practices for introducing yoga to kids.

Welcome to the Go Go Yoga for Kids Family. We are happy to have you be a part of it!

Yoga Props and Socks

Kids can do yoga too! One of my passions is teaching yoga to kids and helping others learn how to use yoga with kids in fun and engaging ways. Kids yoga doesn’t need to be overly complicated or time-consuming. You just need a sense of humor and willingness to have fun!

You don’t need to have many supplies or materials to teach yoga to kids, but being knowledgeable of some different items and having a few tricks up your sleeves, helps with keeping the interest level high with kids. Shorter sessions and having a few props that accompany the poses are very beneficial. Child size equipment is also useful for children practicing yoga, and child size mats, balance balls, and accessories will enhance their practice.

I always enjoy highlighting a few favorite props and resources that I use while teaching yoga to kids including a breathing ball and great read aloud books that inspire yoga poses and movement with kids.

I am also a new fan of grippy socks or sticky socks for kids. These inexpensive little accessories help with balance, stability and allow young yogis to practice anywhere–even without a mat.

When I teach my kids yoga classes, I always have the students remove their shoes and socks. Normal socks are slippery and make it difficult to hold poses. It can sometimes be a slow process of helping preschool aged children put on their socks again after class, but if they had these yoga socks it would definitely go faster because they could leave them on for the whole class.

What are some of your favorite accessories for teaching kids yoga?

 

 

Teach Yoga to Kids Online Training

Below is a portion of the transcript of the

How to Teach Yoga to Kids Online Training 

For a limited time, get lifetime access to this course for only $10.

Find out more here.

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.

Learn more here.

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 for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga with Kids  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.

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