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What a Weekend! An Inside Peek at the National Kids Yoga Conference

Go Go Yoga for Kids was thrilled to be a part of of the 4th annual National Kids Yoga Conference (NKYC) which is held in the Washington DC area each Fall. This year the conference was held in Alexandria, VA, which is a quick 15-minute metro ride or car ride from Reagan National Airport.

This conference is designed for adults to bring yoga and mindfulness to our next generation. This is done through sponsors, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and vendors.

This year was a bit different for me for a couple of reasons compared to last year’s  NKYC conference. First I was a sponsor and vendor which allowed me to have a different experience and perspective.

 

I also traveled completely on my own from Des Moines, Iowa, by plane, train (metro), and automobile (Uber). This truly allowed me to have an appreciation for different opportunities to try new things.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to meet and connect with so many different people from all over the US, Canada, and beyond. It made my weekend to hear the positive comments from others who have used our resources with the Go Go Yoga for Kids Guide, the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards or had taken one of our Kids Yoga 101 online courses.

It was an incredible feeling to be able to put real faces with names and hear about how they were using it with children. Hearing their stories really made all of the time, effort, and energy all worthwhile.

Teresa Power, the brain and energy behind International Kids Yoga Day is just as amazing and kind in person.

I loved meeting with the founder of International Kids Yoga Day, Teresa Power. I have been a yoga ambassador with this incredible event for the past two years. She amazes me with how much she has done to introduce yoga to children all over the year. She has also been a big supporter of Go Go Yoga for Kids so it was wonderful to actually meet in person.

 

Susan Verde and I agreed that we are definitely fans of one another’s work.

Susan Verde, bestselling author of I am Yoga, was also there with her beautiful new book, I am Peace. She is the true example of bringing yoga and mindfulness to children in kid-friendly ways. Susan has also so kind to appreciate Go Go Yoga for Kids from our very beginning.

The people at NKYC are the real deal as they are kind, caring and inspiring. The breakout sessions are amazing, but it is truly about connecting with one another.

It made my heart happy to be surrounded by so many individuals that truly care about children and strive to give them the tools and techniques to be calm, mindful, and healthy leaders for our future.

My friend, Kerry Wekelo, founder of Zendoway and her amazing daughter, Aubrey showing off some partner poses.

You might also like: Quick Takeaways from the National Kids Yoga Conference.

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.

Want more yoga games for kids? Get our monthly newsletter here for your free yoga games and lesson plans.

See more Toega in action at our Family Fun Day.

International Yoga Day and the Summer Solstice on June 21st

Let’s Go Camping: Kids Yoga Lesson Plan

Click below to get your lesson plan.

lets go camping

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!

 

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