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International Yoga Day and the Summer Solstice on June 21st

Let’s Go Camping: Kids Yoga Lesson Plan

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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.

 

 

 

 

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!

Take our Quick Survey for a Chance to Win!

We are very excited to begin working on some new exciting opportunities for Go Go Yoga for Kids!  Writing kids yoga lesson plans,  creating new yoga games, and developing resources to best serve you and kids is one of our favorite things to do.

We would love your input since you help make all of this possible.We want to make Go Go Yoga for Kids fun, engaging and beneficial for you and the kids that you care about. Please click on the link below to take a short survey.

Go Go Yoga for Kids Survey

The survey will close April 7th, 2017,

One lucky entrant will receive these amazing Kids Yoga Activity Cubes from my friend, Kerry, at Zendoway These fun, flexible cubes are perfect for all ages. Each cube has a different inspiring theme such as feelings, affirmation and breathing to help bring about mindfulness, love and kindness. The cubes come in a cute drawstring canvas bag. Retail $24.99

Another lucky winner will receive a signed copy of the bestseller Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga with Kids. Retail $12.99

 

 

Your opinion matters. Take our quick 2 minute survey here. Thank you and good luck!

Get your free kids yoga games, resources and lesson plans here.

 

Be a Part of Kids Yoga Day with Go Go Yoga for Kids

Go Go Yoga for Kids is thrilled to be part of the 2nd Annual Kids Yoga Day on April 7th, 2017.  Imagine over 30, 000 kids experiencing yoga throughout all 50 states and 33 countries? Imagine the peace, love and mindfulness that this could bring throughout our future generation?!

For those of you local, Go Go Yoga for Kids will be hosting a free Kids Yoga Class. You are invited to join us. Please let us know if you are interested and we will give you the information.

If you can’t join us, please utilize these standing and sitting 5 minute yoga routines for kids and adults! These wonderful routines introduce yoga pose, mindfulness and only take minutes. They are adapted from Kids Yoga Day founder, Teresa Power, and her book, ABCs Yoga for Kids.

Recommended Book: Enlightened Parenting by Meryl Davids Landau

What kind of parent do you want to be? Author Meryl Davids Landau is the kind of parent any child would be fortunate to have. Her knowledge of parenting and demonstrating unconditional love is evident throughout her latest book, Enlightened Parenting . This book isn’t your normal “how to make your child mind” type resource. Instead, it is filled with knowledge and insight on how to parent from your heart and soul while keeping the connection to yourself in the face of everyday parenting. The book is divided into three sections; Attitudes, Actions, and Nourish Yourself. Each section provides real life examples and anecdotes to support the journey of parenting. Parenting is not an easy journey but this guide will help both new and seasoned parents to know that they are not alone.

About the Author

Meryl Davids Landau is the author of ‘Enlightened Parenting: A Mom Reflects on Living Spiritually With Kids.’ She also wrote the spiritual women’s novel ‘Downward Dog, Upward Fog,’ named a fiction book of the year finalist by Foreword Reviews. An award-winning magazine writer, her works have also appeared in numerous publications, including Parents, O: The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, Self, Redbook, Reader’s Digest, Prevention, Huffington Post and more.

Both of Meryl’s books reflect her interest in bringing a spiritual (not religious) perspective into our everyday lives. Books about jetting off to India or Bali or an intensive yoga retreat are fun, but keeping your connection to your highest self in the face of everyday parenting, work, love and life challenges is where the real practice begins. Her intention is to bring light–and levity–to these situations through her words.

Meryl is a certified yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner, and is the mom to two kids, now young adults.

Read more about Meryl at her website MerylDavidsLandau.com

 


Inspire Your Young Yogi Bears with Erin Leach

If there is one person you could definitely entrust with teaching your young little kiddos about kindness, fun, and yoga; it would definitely be Erin Leach of Mama Bear Yoga.

Erin is the founder of Mama Bear Yoga which provides a safe space for all children to be themselves and for their caregivers to connect with them in that moment. By incorporating basic tenets of yoga, such as breathing, mindfulness, and affirmation, Mama Bear Yoga helps lay the groundwork for happy, healthy, and balanced children who will grow into happy, healthy, and balanced adults.

I had the pleasure of meeting Erin last Fall at the National Kids Yoga Conference in Washington D.C.  I was new to the area and when I found out that this midwestern gal would need to take the  city subway to get around, I had a more than a slight raise of of my heartrate.

Then along came Erin.  Admittedly, I pretty much chased her down in our hotel lobby to ask if she was also going to the Kids Yoga Conference. I do pride myself on a pretty good judge of character and she seemed like someone I could definitely trust. The fact that she was also carrying a yoga mat didn’t hurt matters as fellow yoga enthusiasts tend to be pretty friendly.

Erin navigated me through the underground mysteries of the Subway system, had incredible patience and taught me well. If she is this good with adults, imagine how she is with toddlers and preschoolers.

Many things impressed me about Erin, but as you read this interview, you will also see what a true gift she is to children and I am so excited for you to get to know her.

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GGYfK:  How did you first get interested in being a kids yoga instructor? It seems like such a natural fit for you.

Erin: I have been practicing yoga myself since I was in college, and it has been so beneficial for me, both physically and emotionally. In my first career as an elementary school teacher and counselor, I used yoga informally all the time with my students, and I saw firsthand how beneficial it was for them. When I attended my first official kids’ yoga training, I wasn’t planning on becoming an instructor. My plan was to get renewal credits toward my counseling license and maybe learn some fun yoga-related activities to do with my own children at home, but after the first evening, I knew that this was what I wanted to do. Teaching kids yoga just made sense and felt right to me. I took more trainings and became certified to teach and the rest is history!

GGYfK: We are so glad that you decided that! How did the name Mama Bear yoga originate?

Erin:  One of my favorite yoga poses that I learned in my ChildLight Yoga training is “Baby Bear.” It looks like Happy Baby, but you rock side to side and sing the words “baby bear” as you are doing it. It is so sweet to see mamas and their little ones practicing Baby Bear pose together. Once when I  was telling the some friends this story, we all  knew at once it had to be Mama Bear Yoga!

 GGYfK:Why did you decide to focus on the younger kids?

Erin: I have always had a passion for teaching young children. I was a first grade teacher for many years; however, I think a big part of why I chose to focus on this age group as a yoga teacher is because this was the age of my own children when I first got started. I could really relate to toddlers and preschoolers because I had two of my own at home, and I was going through many of the same experiences as the moms who were bringing their children to my classes. Kids at this young age say the funniest things and always liven up any situation.

GGYfK:Tell us about one of these memorable or funny experiences while teaching kids yoga!

Erin: Oh my goodness–I have a running list of funny things kids have said at yoga class. I walk away from every class I teach with at least one memorable quote! One of my favorite toddler-isms that seems to be almost universal happens when I teach them the word “namaste.” Even in toddler class, we close our practice by singing “namaste,” and every time, at least one or two of the children sing “Mama-stay.” I think it is so sweet, and it amazes me that all toddlers seem to do it!

GGYfK: That is so sweet! I love that story. What is one thing that all parents/caregivers should do with or know about kids at this age?

Erin: Toddlers and preschoolers are pretty unpredictable. You never really know how they are going to react (or when they are going to have a meltdown), especially in new situations. Aparigraha is a yoga term that means “non-attachment,” and I think that this practice is so important when you are a parent. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t form an attachment with your toddler–obviously a strong and secure parent-child bond should be established early in life (and you can strengthen this bond by practicing yoga together!). What I mean is that you cannot attach yourself to their behavior. When they are having a meltdown in the grocery store or they are in yoga class refusing to participate or they are displaying any sort of challenging behavior, you need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and remind yourself that you cannot control their behavior. You CAN, however, control how you respond to it. Many times, this little pause is all it takes to help you resolve the situation smoothly.

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As you can tell, Erin, is very knowledgeable about this young age and cares deeply about inspiring young kids and really making a difference in their lives. Stay with us as Erin shares with us some of her tried and true lesson ideas for using yoga with these young ages of kids. You will not want to miss it!

 

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss: Celebrate with Kids Yoga

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss 

It is time to celebrate Dr. Seuss! He is known for his many silly, wacky and nonsense stories and characters. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with these fun and simple and easy kids yoga ideas.

Be a strong Truffula Tree! How long can you hold Tree Pose? Try it with others and know that we are stronger together!

 

 

 

 

 

Now try making a House for a Mouse with this fun Partner Rooftop Pose. What other silly yoga poses can you think of that Dr. Seuss would have liked? Get more kids yoga lesson ideas here.

 

Go Go Yoga for Kids

Welcome to Go Go Yoga for Kids; the place to get kids fit, flexible and focused while having fun with yoga!

Go Go Yoga for Kids has resources for you to introduce kids to yoga through movement, mindfulness, fun, and games. Perfect for parents, teachers, and anyone who enjoys yoga and kids. I am glad you are here, now let’s get started! See our extensive list of recommended kids yoga resources.

Go Go Yoga for Kids – A Complete Guide to Yoga with Kids


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  • Over 150 fun and creative yoga games, activities, & challenges for all ages
  • 15 ready to use unique yoga lesson plans that will have kids engaged from the start
  • Ways to bring mindfulness and awareness to all children
  • Kid yoga photos and pose illustrations
  • Easy ways to incorporate yoga in the school setting for all types of learners and abilities
  • How to get your kids involved with yoga at home
  • Tips on working with teens and tweens
  • Partner poses, balance activities, group & inversion teaching tips & ideas
  • Sample parent communication ideas
  • Examples of where and how to teach yoga for kids
  • Books, music and other fun resources to help kids learn about yoga.
You can purchase a copy of Go Go Yoga for Kids from our site, from Amazon, or from your local bookstore. Only $12.99 plus shipping.

Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards

  • 30 progressive yoga poses including partner poses
  • Empowering pose mantras for beginners and meditation
  • Poses rated from 1-5 stars based on difficulty
  • Easy to flow poses for your own yoga routine
  • 15 Bonus Games to play using the pose cards
  • Tested and proven yoga poses to bring most mental and physical benefit
  • Takes only minutes each day to gain lifelong skills and health benefits
  • Only $9.99 plus shipping

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Book and Card Bundle

Get the Go Go Yoga for Kids Book and the Kids Yoga Challenge pose cards for one low price. Only $19.99 plus shipping.

 

Customer Reviews

As a children’s yoga bestselling author, teacher, and speaker, I am always looking for new creative ideas regarding yoga for kids. I found such a resource in Go Go Yoga for Kids! This book is chalk full of great information to help yoga teachers, classroom teachers,youth leaders, counselors, parents, and any others learn how to implement yoga into the lives of children. I was especially intrigued by the way the author incorporated her favorite childhood games in Part 6 of the book and recreated them into yoga games. Very creative and fun! I highly recommend this book to those wishing to learn how to make yoga fun for kids, and how to empower them to be active as well as mindful and meditative at the same time!

Teresa Anne Powerauthor of ABCs of Yoga for Kids and founder of the International Kids Yoga Day.

As a kid’s yoga and mindfulness teacher this book is an invaluable guide. Totally accessible and filled with useful information, games and activities! I love using this book with my students. Brings out the joy of yoga!

Susan Verdeauthor of award winning I am Yoga, certified yoga instructor and mindfulness teacher

This is a great book for parents, teachers, babysitters, camp counselors and anyone else who wants to introduce yoga to children but doesn’t know how. It’s short, clear, fun, filled with photos of kids doing the poses–and inexpensive to boot. As someone who’s written about mindful parenting and has blogged on Huffington Post and elsewhere about the benefits (and joys) of teacher- and parent-led yoga, I loved that Sara Weis made this book accessible even to people who’ve never done yoga before. She also knows what kids like–her poses have names like fairy (aka dancer’s pose) and castle (downward dog)–and what kid could resist doing “dragon” breathwork? If you only have a few minutes, you can just pick a section to lead the kids in (balancing poses, yoga games…)–each broken down by ages. And if you have time to do a whole yoga session, she shows you how to keep kids entertained with classes that include poses, yoga games, active movements, breathwork unified around a theme like “mythical creatures.” I’ve taught kids yoga before, and if I’d had this book I could have made the classes a lot more fun. Highly recommended for yourself or as a gift to anyone who works with children.

Meryl Davids Landauauthor of Enlightened Parenting

Go Go Yoga for Kids clearly explains how to teach different ages of kids (3-6; 7-11;and tweens and teens): breathwork, sun salutations,a variety of asanas (yoga poses) with both traditional and kid-friendly names, active movement exercises,yoga games, partner poses, and group challenges. The activities are kid-tested for fun and safety, and there’s also advice on how to professionally teach yoga to children, as well as tips for parents and classroom teachers on incorporating mindfulness and yoga into kids’ daily routines.

Catharine HannaryMindful Teachers

“As a teacher and Mom to three kids, I found Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Yoga With Kids to be an amazing resource for getting kids active with yoga. This book will be on my bookshelf both at home and in my Kindergarten classroom. I can easily pull games, community building activities, and yoga poses from this book and have my own kids or students engaged and energized in no time. I look forward to sharing this resource with my fellow educators and friends. It has everything you need to plan, teach, and extend a yoga class for kids of all ages and abilities.”

Katherine V. Elementary School Teacher

“I am a public school elementary school teacher, as well as a certified children’s yoga teacher. Yoga has always been a part of my curriculum; however, planning the lessons can take a lot of time. Discovering the Go Go Yoga for Kids book has been a blessing! I love the way it’s organized, with sections including illustrations and names of poses, breath work, game ideas, ways to communicate with parents, community building ideas, etc. Also, I really like the format used for lesson planning. I will definitely be incorporating the fun themed lessons, this year, in the classroom, and in the studio.”

Megan Q. Children’s Yoga Instructor, Public School Teacher

“Go Go Yoga for Kids is a must-have resource for anyone teaching yoga to kids. It doesn’t matter if you have any training or experience with yoga, this book will successfully guide you through teaching a class. As a kid’s yoga instructor, I am always searching for creative and fun ideas to add for my classes. I finally found exactly what I was looking for in Go Go Yoga Kids. With the lesson plans included in this book you have the foundation to lead endless successful classes!”

Crystal T.Kids Yoga Instructor

“This is an easy to read and complete resource about the benefits of yoga, how to teach yoga, and why children need to practice yoga. I love that Go Go Yoga for Kids clearly describes different poses that can be taught to children in age appropriate and engaging ways. As a preschool director, I appreciate that the author has written lesson plans that are ready to use and be taught to kids. If you are looking to implement yoga at home or in your classroom, this is the only book that you need!”

Michelle M.Preschool Director

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