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Join Go Go Yoga for Kids for Mindfulness Month: How to Teach Yoga to Kids with Picture Books

October is Mindfulness Month

How do we raise thoughtful, compassionate, emotionally healthy children? It’s a question many parents and caregivers ask in this fast-paced world of smart phones, social media, and the go-go-go pace of modern life.

We do it with a daily yoga, breathing or mindfulness practice of course! Here is your daily practice to do with your kids, friends, family or students of ALL AGES. Enjoy!

How to Teach Yoga to Kids Using Picture Books:
Learn about the secret power of reading aloud to children while doing yoga poses to help give the greatest benefit to kids. As a teacher and reading specialist, I understand the importance of reading aloud to children while keeping kids mindful, active, and learning to achieve great benefits. When you read aloud to children and combine it with yoga poses, you have children that are becoming mindful, fit, and literate! In this video you will discover some of the best books to read aloud to children and learn how you can easily incorporate movement and yoga poses into these read aloud times. A full kids yoga lesson plan that you can use with kids at home or school will also accompany this video.
Benefits:
Children who are read aloud to get a head start in language and literacy. It increases their vocabulary and opportunity for comprehension practice. Combine that with yoga and you have children moving and stretching their bodies while increasing their focus and balance while having fun! When kids are moving it helps enhance their understanding and retention of what they have learned. This is called kinesthetic learning and it is perfect to use with those busy wiggly kids that need to move their bodies during or after those long school days of sitting.
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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.

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See more Toega in action at our Family Fun Day.

Learn New Yoga Poses With The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards

Learn a new pose every day of the month! These 30 colorful progressive 4×6 yoga pose cards are perfect for practicing balance, maintaining flexibility, and gaining strength.

Each pose is given a 1-5 starred level based on difficulty. Children can work through the levels at their own pace, create hundreds of yoga routines and flows, and enjoy practicing the partner poses with others.

Each 4×6 pose card is complete with an empowering mantra and 15 Bonus Yoga Games to play using the yoga cards. An adorable drawstring bag keeps all of the pose cards together and easily accessible for practice.

Learn more here or purchase directly from our store or on Amazon.

How to Play the Yoga Dice Game

Kids Yoga at the Zoo

I  love introducing yoga to children and have been thrilled that Go Go Yoga for Kids has gotten to be a part of many fun family events as well as author events this past year.

I feel uncomfortable just sitting behind a table, and I would much rather interact with the children and introduce them to yoga through a variety of ways.

Often when Go Go Yoga for Kids does an event, I will teach a kids yoga class, or offer mini yoga sessions so the children can get an opportunity to  try yoga in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

This past weekend we had  an event at a zoo so I was ready with zoo animal yoga poses and our popular Off the Zoo Kids Yoga Lesson Plan.

One of our new favorite games to play is the Yoga Dice Game. For this game you need a giant dice. I found a fun inexpensive blow up one on Amazon.

  1. Select 6 different poses that you want the kids to work on from the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards.
  2. Use packing tape or clear tape to attach the poses to the dice.
  3. I also printed out labels for the poses. This step isn’t necessary as the pose cards already have the names of the poses on them.
  4. Each player takes a turn to roll the dice. Whatever pose comes up, the player does that pose.
  5. Continue rolling the dice until all of the poses are mastered.

For the Zoo Kids Yoga Event, I had animal stickers to give the children when they tried the pose. It is not necessary, however, as the kids just had fun rolling the giant dice.

I also love that you can continue changing the poses on the dice so the game continues to be fresh and fun. It also works great for all ages. Have fun playing the Yoga Dice Game!

Want over 100 more kids yoga games and activities? The bestselling Go Go Yoga Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga With Kids has you covered with all you need to know for introducing yoga to children.

 

The Top 3 Breathing Exercises for Anxious Kids

A new school year is right around the corner and that brings on a lot of anxiety for kids. As parents and teachers we need to recognize that kids get nervous too…and

not only just for school. Any type of new situation can bring on unease for children. Help children manage their anxiety with breathing exercises.

Hop over to Mindful Teachers to read our guest post on the Top 3 Breathing Exercises for Kids. These can be done anywhere and are great for kids.

Are you interested in learning more about How to Teach Yoga to Kids?

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Kids Yoga 101 Teacher Training

Learn how to Teach Yoga to Young Children in our fun and easy to follow online course for a limited price of $10.

Discover how to introduce kids to yoga through breathing exercises, poses, games, and calming techniques. This course is designed for those that want to change the lives of children. Perfect for home, preschools, nursery schools, day cares, camps and clubs.

New students can use coupon code WELCOME to receive 80% off this online training. Learn more here.

You Can Teach Yoga to Kids: Online Course Now Open

Are you ready to make a difference in children’s lives?

Welcome to our How to Teach Yoga to Kids online course. We are very excited for you to be a part of it!

Use this link to get Lifetime Access to the How to Teach Yoga to Kids Course.  You can get started now and complete at your own pace and time!

For a limited time we are able to offer this course for only $10. This course is priced at $40 and I am very confident you love the value and learn so much by enrolling now.

Included in your How to Teach Yoga to Kids  Course:

  • Discover what is kids yoga and how it differs from adult yoga
  • Learn how to teach yoga to children through exercise, movement, yoga poses, games, and mindfulness techniques
  • Recognize the benefits of yoga for kids and how to teach yoga to children that will give them the skills that will last for life
  •  Learn the top 8 breathing exercises and techniques will be taught that will help kids remain calm and focused in their daily activities.
  • Become aware of child-friendly yoga poses, games, exercises, and activities are shown that actually help children practice and remember the yoga postures.
  • Take the guess work out of what is really effective with teaching kids yoga and get the top recommended resources including books, props, games, and materials.

This course is also packed full of bonuses including:

  •  Kids yoga lesson planning guides and templates
  • Ready to use kids yoga lesson plans
  •  Illustrated yoga pose guide, the top resources for kids yoga, and a live yoga partner pose class with children.

A certificate of completion is awarded at the end of your course.

 Here is the link to your How to Teach Yoga to Kids Course. What are you waiting for?! You can get started now and complete and start impacting young lives today.

Please Contact Us if you have any questions or need help in any way, We are here to help you.

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How to Teach Yoga to Kids: Yoga Poses for Kids

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How to Teach Yoga to Kids

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Section 4 – Yoga Poses for Kids

How to Teach Age Appropriate Yoga Poses

Now we’re getting to the yoga poses. After you utilize your breath work and get your body centered and focused you’re ready to work on some yoga poses. I’m going to show you some fun ways to engage students with poses. Kids love to learn new yoga poses.

Yoga poses are also a great way to differentiate and accommodate for the varied needs and abilities of the kids you’re working with. I like to choose 3 to 5 yoga poses and group them together with a common theme so kids will remember them.

As you introduce each pose ask children what parts of their body they feel working. In your course resources part in part three I have an illustrated kids yoga pose guide. It’s got 45 yoga poses that you can see if you’re not familiar with the yoga poses yourself.

Join our online course and get your illustrated yoga pose guide.

I also love using, the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards. These are a deck of 30 poses. They’re bright and colorful. They include partner poses too that the kids can use and see how the poses are made.

I also love props to introduce yoga poses. The How to Teach Yoga to Kids online course shows favorite yoga props which help introduce the yoga poses with and create anticipation.

Kids love themes  while practicing yoga. In the course, I will show you some themed yoga poses that you would do if you were learning about the ocean, jungle or the zoo. It is fun to see how the poses fit together with the theme which helps the kids better remember and practice the poses.

Included in our How to Teach Yoga to Kids course we’ve got four kids yoga lesson plans that are all themed with yoga poses, the breath work and everything that you need to teach yoga to kids.

For more kids yoga themes see our book Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga with Kids

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Teach Yoga to Kids Teacher Training

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Section 3 – Begin with Breath

Breath Work Strategies That Really Work With Kids

Let’s begin with breath. Why is breath important? Deep breathing helps calm us if we’re nervous or anxious. With yoga it helps us hold the poses longer and center ourselves. This is especially important for kids who are maybe nervous or anxious at home or at school. We’re going to show you some kid friendly ways to practice breath work.

We’re going to learn eight breathing techniques that kids can remember and use in the home, at school, any time they’re feeling anxious, nervous, or upset. So why is breath important? Deep breathing helps calm us if we’re nervous or anxious. With yoga it also helps us hold the poses longer and center ourselves. I’m going to show you some fun kid friendly ways to practice that deep breathing and breath work.

First off is our Belly Breathing. You can place your hand right on your belly and go ahead and breathe in and breathe out and you can actually feel the breath moving inside. Another fun way to do it that kids love if they know each other is lay on their tummies and breathe deeply and see if they can feel their friend’s breath work as well.

Number 2 is Window Fog. Pretend like you’re trying to fog up a car or maybe you’re stepping outside in the cold air and you’re kind of seeing your breath. Go ahead and breathe deeply in and out as hard as you can. Put your hand there so you can feel your breath moving.

Blowing out the Candle is especially fun too.  Put your index fingers together and then you’ll breathe in then and breathe out as if you’re blowing out those birthday candles.

These Breathing Balls are another great visual to see your breath actually working. The training video shows you how the ball expands and decreases. Kind of how your diaphragm would work with your breath.

Feathers are a great tool for breath work as well. You can blow your feather up and down your yoga mat. You can blow it across the room. These are inexpensive ways to actually see your breath in action.

Pinwheels are another great resource. You can take it outside, you can take in the house and practice blowing it fast or blowing it slow. You can practice different ways of utilizing your breath.

Bubbles are a great way too to see how your breath is actually working. 

Finally we must remember sun salutations. These are important with yoga to connect this movement of reaching up high to the sun and then diving forward towards your toes. Go ahead and breathing in as you rise up and exhaling as you fall down. That really helps you connect the movement with the breath and really warms up your whole body.

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Teach Yoga to Kids Teacher Training

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Section 2 – The Benefits of Yoga for Kids

The Top 6 Benefits of Yoga for Kids

Alright here are some things to remember, the benefits of yoga for kids. The good news is that if you practice with them you are going to get these benefits as well.

Yoga increases flexibility and strength. Children begin to diminish in flexibility around the ages of 6 or 7. They’re born flexible but as you age your flexibility does decrease. The good news is that by practicing yoga it helps maintain flexibility. Yoga also builds strength as muscles are worked in new ways. This can be the active just holding a few poses and breathing, it makes you feel strong and powerful. Yoga poses can be done standing, sitting, or lying down, but each has its own benefits and can challenge various muscle groups. Being flexible can also result in fewer and less injuries and strained muscles. This is good news for kids that are involved in sport related activities and other commitments outside of school.

Yoga also increases balance. Just like flexibility balance is another skill that decreases as we age. Balance can be improved though with practice and many yoga poses have a lot of balance work. Often your body’s balance naturally improves with yoga without you even realizing it. This is also true with children. In my experience as kids balance in yoga poses their self confidence increases because they feel their bodies growing stronger.

Yoga increases your concentration and focus. We are part of a rapidly changing world and kids are no exception. Their young minds are often over stimulated with technology and electronics. This means they’re used to getting that immediate feedback from video games, tablets, phones, and this can then make it very difficult for kids to actually sit still and focus and complete a task in school or at home. But yoga helps kids practice concentration and self control which then enhances their focus and awareness.

Today as many parents rush from activity to activity it can be difficult to be still and just be in the moment. It doesn’t always start out like that with kids. You picture toddlers and preschoolers who dawdle. They notice the clouds in the sky or things on the sidewalk. They’re taking their time and they’re being in the moment. Many kids become accustomed to this fast paced lifestyle until they know of no other way.

There is a lot of benefit to just slowing down, unplugging, and being away from it all. A good kids yoga class can help provide that. It begins a settling into the moment, focusing on breathing, and the body. Children can then practice engaging poses with games and they can end with relaxation or shavasana where they lie still and doing nothing. Kids actually really enjoy that. They know they’ve worked their bodies hard and it’s time to rest their bodies.

Yoga also makes you feel good which then increases your confidence. I see this all the time in my kids yoga classes when children are finally able to master a pose that they’ve been working on and they see their flexibility and balance improve. They are calmer, more poised, and they’re confident in their abilities not only during yoga but also outside in their day to day activities.

Finally yoga definitely promotes health and mindfulness. It is a physical activity so you get those happy endorphins pumping. When you leave the yoga class you feel good inside and out and you want to maintain that good feeling. All that twisting and moving, inverting, and holding poses during yoga also helps with your digestive system. The breathing exercises which we’re going to talk about a little bit later in this course definitely help calm and center kids. This gives kids the tools they need to use when their feeling overwhelmed and stressed and anxious in life. Instead of logging more hours in front of a screen, yoga promotes good health, calmness, and positive active movement.

 

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