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How to Plan and Lead a Kids Yoga Event or Class Like a Pro

Part of the fun of introducing children to yoga is teaching classes and leading events. I do both of these on a regular basis and understand that while they are both important, they are both completely different in terms of planning and preparing for.

I am the type of person that likes to try to be prepared in all that I do. When I plan for my kids yoga classes that I teach regularly, I already know the ages and number of children ahead of time. This allows me to select age appropriate themes, yoga poses, props, and prepare an engaging lesson plan.

When leading those one time (medium or large sized) kids yoga events such as at bookstoresstores, parks, schools, libraries, and expos, there are different ways to go about planning and preparing. To see where Go Go Yoga for Kids has been recently, check out the links above.

There is definitely an element of the unknown to consider. How many kids will actually show up at the event? How large of an age range for children will there be? What other distractions and varying surroundings are there to think about such as the weather, other people, and surrounding noises?

All of these unknowns can make planning difficult, but I have come up with a few guidelines that help make these large group kids yoga events go smoothly.

  1. Over Pack and Plan. I know my children and husband would agree that this is one of my biggest talents (or burdens as they  usually help lug all of my props and materials). I always bring extra mats for kids that don’t have one. I also bring seasonal or theme related props such beachballs, snowballs, Easter Eggs, etc).  See some of my favorite props here. These props are also great for attention getting in a busy setting. I also have a lesson plan in mind that I want to use with 1-2 additional activities such as related partner poses, marker board, or read aloud books for just in case.
  2. Arrive Early. This is a biggie. No matter how early I arrive at an event, the time always flies before the class starts. Allow yourself time to check in with the organizer and thank them for inviting you, check the sound system/speaker for your music, and set up/organize any materials and resources. I also like to welcome the kids and help get the mats or beach towels appropriately. I like to have my classes begin in a circle and is helpful for you to help lay down the first couple of mats so others will get the idea.
  3. Keep It Moving. My recommenced class time frame for an event is for 30-40 minutes. Since you are unsure of the actual numbers and ages of children that will show up, it is better to have your class time be filled with movement, poses, and games and Stillness and Savasana at the end. Your job is to introduce children to yoga. Of course safety is a priority, but during an event is not the time to be sure that every child’s leg is in a perfect 90 degree angle in Warrior 2. 

At the end, be sure to thank the kids (and adults who brought them) for coming and give them any additional ideas and resources for continuing to practice yoga at home. Many times, this may be a child’s first interaction with yoga so be proud that you helped introduce them to this practice and the life long skills and benefits that accompany yoga.

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Check out our fun Kids Yoga in the Park event here.

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Kids Yoga in the Park

Spring has finally arrived! It was a perfect day to celebrate with Kids Yoga in the Park with Go Go Yoga for Kids and Des Moines Parent. Over 50 kids, parents, and caregivers joined in the outdoor yoga fun.

First we warmed up our bodies with Sunrise and Sunset Salutations followed by some Sunflower exercises. Next we drew a surprise pose from the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards. We practiced and perfected our yoga poses by showing how strong we were with our Warrior 2 jumps, rowing in our Boat Pose, Down Dog kick ups, and Tree Pose balance challenge.

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    We practiced our poses with a fun Musical Mats game and completed the class with a very peaceful and relaxing Stillness and Savasana while listening to the sounds of nature all around.

Get kids fit, flexible, and focused with our yoga pose guide

Check out our Kids Yoga in the Park preview below. It was a windy (but sunny!) day. The audio isn’t perfect and we were able to get just a little glimpse of this fun class with video, but will give an idea of the fun we had!

Want to learn more about How to Plan a Kids Yoga Event and Class Like a Pro? See our best tips and article here. No it does not include fully charging your video camera 😉 These tips are much more hands on and practical.

Kids Yoga Class at Health and Fitness Expo

Join Go Go Yoga for Kids with a Kids Yoga Winter Class at the Health and Fitness Expo. Kids of all ages practice breathing exercises, yoga games, balance practice, mindfulness, and stillness and savasana.

Winter Kids Yoga Poses from the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards include:
Snowboarding: Warrior 2 Jumps
Snow Angels
Down Dog Snow Forts
Ice Skating in Dancer Pose
Triangle Pose

Kids Yoga Games include:
Choose Your Pose
Musical Mats
Balancing Snowflakes
Pass the Squeeze Mindfulness Game
Melting Ice Cube

Even with all of the expo noise and distraction the children are engaged, having fun, and ready for their Stillness and Savasana at the end.

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Go Go Yoga for Kids 1 & 2 Bestseller Bundle

Sometimes with all of the negativity and sad news that surrounds us in the media, I worry about our future. It it is definitely a good thing when something uplifting and beneficial like yoga with kids can reach others. It brings hope for a more positive future. Introduce children to yoga and give them skills that they will have for life.

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Go Go Yoga for Kids: Bestseller Books

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Empowering Kids Yoga Lesson Plan

Have you ever met someone and within minutes could completely recognize a true heart of gold? Last month while attending the National Kids Yoga Conference, I got the pleasure of meeting Erin Hurley, an elementary school guidance counselor from Virginia.

She is the kind of counselor that any of you would love to have your children work with and learn from. Erin has a kind and creative spirit and truly cares about children.

Erin shared with  how she has been using the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards when she works with students in the classroom. She has loved using the pose cards with her classes as they are visual and age appropriate.

Each pose card has a corresponding empowering mantra such as “I am strong” or “I am fair and equal.” This ensures that the students are not only receiving the health benefits of each pose, but also the mental and mindfulness benefits as well.

Erin shared with me one incredible activity and lesson plan that she did with her students that I wanted to pass along. This lesson could be done anytime throughout the school year, but would tie in nicely with the beginning of the school year, Thanksgiving or a kindness theme.

This lesson would work well with children ages 5-11.

First, Mrs. Hurley, brainstormed with the students positive qualities that they see in themselves. For example being kind, honest, hardworking, caring, strong, etc.

Next the students took the hand printable and were able to write qualities that described them. They did this by writing around the hand template. 

Finally, the students were able to put the yoga poses and mantras together to practice and perform. This absolutely made the lesson even more memorable as it ties together so many different types of student learning such as visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning. 

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How to Use Yoga in the School Classroom

The wonderful preschool age is one of my favorites stages for kids. This age group is imaginative, creative, and always up for trying something new. When I was asked to speak and exhibit at the Iowa Early Childhood Conference about Using Yoga in the Preschool Classroom, of course I had to say yes. I have so much to share about how to use yoga with kids at home or school.

These preschool early childhood teachers and directors were ready to learn about how to incorporate yoga into their classroom with yoga poses, games, breathing exercises, lesson plans, and much more.

I love teaching how ordinary props and materials can be used to engage children and get them excited about yoga.

See our recommended kids yoga resources or enroll in our online course Kids Yoga 101: How to Teach Yoga to Kids for hundreds of more ideas on using yoga with kids.

You can also learn more here.

The benefits of using yoga with kids is unbeatable. The good news is, that they are the same benefits for adults. We rocked the Top 9 Yoga Poses for Kids. These poses are perfect for these young and growing bodies.

Are you interested in teaching yoga to kids? Find out more about our Online Kids Yoga Training here.

We currently have over 150 students from over 25 different countries. We would love to see you in class.

 

 

 

Join us at the Preschool and Early Childhood Conference

Join Go Go Yoga for Kids on August 4, 2017, for one of two sessions on using Yoga in the Preschool Classroom during the Iowa Preschool and Early Childhood Conference.


Get ready to jump in, learn, and have fun with this engaging session of how to use Yoga in the Preschool Classroom. The many benefits of yoga make this a wonderful addition to any classroom setting. Yoga provides a way to keep children engaged, provide meaningful transitions for one activity to another, and reinforce learning and mindfulness. Yoga is also excellent for promoting a sense of well being, creativity, and teamwork. Learn how to get kids fit, flexible, and focused by using yoga in the classroom.

Find out more information on this early childhood conference here.

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Get Ready for Preschool Yoga

Introducing young children to yoga through games, poses, and props is one of my favorite things to do.

This young creative age group loves to try new things and is up for any new adventure. Through yoga, we can teach mindfulness, patience, cooperation, and much more.

A favorite summer time yoga activity for kids is our Beach Ball Yoga Game.

Our Teaching Yoga to Young Children Online Course will walk you exactly how to use yoga with these preschool aged children in the school, home, or other activities.

Use coupon code KIDSYOGA to enroll in this course for only $10. This 80% off the retail price.

See some of our preschool kids yoga classes in action with this video.

Anytime you can use a simple bag to “draw out a yoga pose” creates a lot of anticipation for this age group.

They will sit as quietly as possible waiting for their turn. We love to use the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards

Select 4-6 yoga cards for this age group.

 

 

Stillness and Savasana definitely becomes a favorite part of any kids yoga class. Be as still as a starfish or quiet as a mouse in this pose. Kids love it. Get your tips here on how to easily get kids still and quiet.

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