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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.
Get your copy of the free Brown Bear Brown Bear Kids Yoga lesson plan here.

 

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.

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?

Check out our Kids Yoga 101 online training course. Use coupon code TEACHER to enroll for only $10.

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.

Can’t make the conference?

Enroll now in our Teaching Yoga to Young Children online training for only $10 using coupon code WELCOME.

 

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.

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.

Thank you again for stepping up and learning How to Teach Yoga to Kids.

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