Category: Yoga Kids Quick Tips (Page 1 of 4)

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.

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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.

How to Use a Breathing Ball or Hoberman Sphere With Kids

One of my new  favorite items to use in teaching kids yoga is the Breathing Ball or Hoberman Sphere .  It provides a great visual  for teaching kids to slow down their breath, and take long and even inhales and exhales.  We also talk about how the Breathing Ball is similar to the the work our lungs or diaphragm does.

How to Use a Breathing Ball with Children:

  • As a teacher or leader, model using it together as a whole group. As you stretch the ball out, take a deep long breath, together as a group. Then as you squeeze the ball together, let out a long deep exhale. You can experiment with the pace and show what happens when we breathe in and out too quickly. Talk about the difference in how your body feels when you take short quick breaths compared to long deep breaths.
  • If it is a smaller group, pass the ball around the circle and let each child take turns opening and closing it in time with their breath.
  • The ball is also fun to toss around the circle as it opens and shuts. Have the children participate in a team building and cooperation exercise to see how many times they can catch the ball with out it dropping. This is also a good exercise in building mindfulness.

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Happy Father’s Day: Try Something New Together

Change Your Perspective: Try an Inversion

Want to try something different with your dad this Father’s Day? Try an inversion together. Do not worry, there are many types of inversions and all have health benefits.

Inversions to Try:

  • Legs up the Wall
  • Shoulder Stand
  • Crow Pose
  • Side Crow
  • Tripod
  • Headstand
  • Handstand

Benefits of Inversions:

1. Boosts Your Brain: When your body is upside down and your feet are higher than your heart, the normal pull of gravity on your body is revered, which helps blood return to the heart.

2. Makes you Happy: Endorphins are released and your frown will literally be turned upside down.

3. Helps Digestion: Inversions release trapped gas and keeps things moving along.

4. Strengthen Your Body: Your muscles are turned on and your core engaged so this creates strength and balance throughout your body

5. They are fun! Be like a kid again! Kids are usually pretty good about trying anything and getting right back up again if they fall.

Remember that some inversions do require great strength and balance, so take things slow. You will get the same benefits from  Down Dog or Legs up the wall  as you will from a headstand, so there is no need to rush your body.

Read our 6 tips on getting into a headstand here.

Bonus tip: There is nothing wrong with using a wall. Same benefits are achieved.

How to Teach Yoga to Kids: Yoga Poses for Kids

Below is a portion of the transcript of the:

How to Teach Yoga to Kids

Online Teacher Training

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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.

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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 Online Training

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How to Teach Yoga to Kids Online Training 

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Section 1 – What You Will Be Taught in this Course and How it Will Be Taught

What You Will Learn
Hello and welcome to How to Teach Yoga to Kids. My name is Sara Weis and I am glad you are here. I am a certified kid and adult yoga teacher and the bestselling author of Go Go Yoga For Kids, a complete guide to using yoga with kids. I hold a Masters Degree in education and have been teaching and leading children for over 18 years.

I know exactly what works with children and just as importantly what doesn’t work and I am anxious to show you what that is.

Yoga with kids doesn’t have to be complicated and time consuming. You only need minutes to gain skills and lifelong benefits that yoga provides. With our How to Teach Yoga to Kids online course you will become confident with using yoga with kids. This course is for parents, teachers, counselors, and students, and anyone who enjoys yoga and wants to make a difference in kids lives. You’ll be able to use your knowledge in the home, at school, yoga studios, camps, and clubs.

This course is divided into three parts. At the end of this course you’ll be qualified and confident to teach yoga to kids in any setting. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started.

Here’s what you’ll learn in part one. You’ll learn what is kids yoga and how does it differ from adult yoga? Why do kids need yoga? And what are the benefits of yoga for kids? As well as the benefits for you as the adult?

In part two we’re going to get started with kids yoga. We’ll learn some breath work techniques that really work to help calm and center kids. We’ll learn a lot of child friendly yoga poses that can be done anywhere. I’ll give you the top ten yoga games and activities that I have used with kids and numerous times that they have fun with while learning the yoga poses. You’re also going to leave this course with mindfulness tips and relaxation techniques that help your kids settle down.

Part three will be all of our valuable resources. You’re going to have lesson plans and templates for writing your own lessons. You’ll have cheat sheets on putting together kids yoga classes. I’m going to give you lots of recommended book resources, props, and materials. Let’s get going.

Learn more here.

You Can Teach Yoga to Kids

Create Kids Yoga Lesson Plans with our easy-to-follow guide.

Looking to create fun and easy kids yoga lesson plans? The Go Go Yoga for Kids Guide is just for you. This colorful, easy to follow guide contains the best practices for teaching kids yoga. Get your free Teach Kids Yoga Guide now.

 

How to do Eagle Pose in Yoga

Eagle Pose is a wonderful yet challenging yoga pose for kids and adults. It has many benefits and is a fun pose to continue to work on.

How To Do Eagle Pose

  1. Begin in a standing position. Cross your right thigh over your left leg.
  2. Try to tuck your right foot behind the calf of your left leg.
  3. Bring your arms straight out in front of you, and then cross left arm over your right arm at the elbows.
  4. Bend left arm at elbow and bring palms of hands together. If palms do not touch, then have the backs of hands touch.
  5. Bend your knees and hold your arms out in front of you with fingertips toward the sky.
  6. Squeeze everything tight.
  7. Repeat on the other side.

Benefits of Eagle Pose

  • Stretches shoulders and upper back
  • Strengthens legs, hips and ankles
  • Increases calm, focus, and concentration
  • Works on balance and stability

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7 Family Yoga Ideas To Help Parents And Children Practice Together

Guest Post written by Hieu Pham

Yoga doesn’t have to be an adult-only zone. Children have shown that they can benefit from a yoga practice too. It can help with their fitness, relax them and even enhance their focus in the classroom. The idea of family yoga is exciting to parents that want to teach poses to their children, but where do we start? How do we make yoga child-friendly and enjoy a family session?

7 Family Friendly Yoga Ideas

1. Communicate with your child and teach them some easy poses that you can do together.

If you want to start with family yoga sessions, you need to start slow. The concepts may be a little strange to kids at first, so take it one step at a time. If they lose track of their breathing or a routine, it doesn’t matter. Keep talking to them as they change position so they can express how it feel, what they like and dislike. Be prepared for the fact that many kids will get frustrated the first time. Talk to them about why they are struggling and encourage them to try again. Their flexibility and enthusiasm could take them into poses they didn’t know were possible. Yet, start simple with some cross-legged positions, downward dog, and cobra.

Be prepared for the fact that many kids will get frustrated the first time. Talk to them about why they are struggling and encourage them to try again. Their flexibility and enthusiasm could take them into poses they didn’t know were possible. Yet, start simple with some cross-legged positions, downward dog, and cobra. The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards provide great pose visuals for adults and kids.

2. Don’t be afraid to break the rules a little if it means having fun.

The appeal of these family yoga ideas will depend upon your attitude to the practice. Are you someone that takes it very seriously, from the precision in the poses to the breathing? Or are you more casual about it all?

Breathing and safety in the poses are important, but kids need a little leeway here. Let them adapt to a comfortable position. Don’t get frustrated at them for them not breathing properly or doing the poses correctly. Instead, model the breathwork and poses.   The important thing is that you are engaged, communicating and enjoying the experience together. Go Go Yoga for Kids – A Complete Guide To Yoga With Kids is a great resource for making yoga fun yet educational for kids.

3.  Make some noise

Most of us are drawn to yoga because of the meditative side of the exercise. Not only are we aiding our bodies and building strength, tone and flexibility, we are aiding our mental health. This is where the deep breathing and quiet environments are so helpful for our state of mind.

Naturally, kids don’t want to be quiet all the time while having fun with yoga, and they shouldn’t have to be. These noises can be an expression of their feelings, either joy or frustration. Allow them to let it all out and join them, make it a joint expression. If they want to bark like a dog every time they go into a downward dog then that’s fine. Besides, if laughing yoga can become in the hit in some communities, some giggling and animals noises are fine.

4. Find the balance between technique and enjoyment in order to find fulfillment.

Family yoga can be tricky for parents to get into because it requires a different mindset. It is important to try and find a middle ground between a fun, silly activity and the deeper purpose of the practice. Talking, laughing and other expressions are great, but try and teach them the basics of the purpose of the poses and breathing. Explain to them that they will need to take a certain amount of deep breaths through the nose for each pose. Before long you will get into a rhythm with the routine and breathing and they start to relax a little.

5. Confident yoga practitioners may want to try some partner poses.

There are some parents that take family yoga ideas to another level with some partner poses. When your child has the confidence in their abilities, and the basics of poses and breathing, these joint poses increase the difficulty level. It is fun to work side by side, but it can, even more, fun to try and balance in poses together.  

The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards includes several partner poses that work together for adult and children. Obviously, you should only try this out in a safe environment and work on these poses gradually. But, there is a lot of fun in trying and even more satisfaction when successful. These poses are great for those working on their bond as they require a close physical and spiritual connection.

6. Those that lack the confidence to teach can join a local class.

There is something wonderful about this one-on-one time with your child. It can strengthen a bond and help you to communicate ideas on wellness and happiness. Still, there are those of us that will struggle to find the confidence to guide children through these poses, or the perseverance to encourage them when the poses get a little difficult. This is where is helps to join a local class. A trained teacher can work with you both on a family-friendly level. They can help you to learn new poses and ideas that can then be tried out at home. Also, this is a chance to meet other parents and children in the same situation.

7. Look out for classes with group activities where the whole family can get involved.

Find a class through your community, parks and recreation, or local gym that focuses on that parent-child relationship or work on child-friendly instruction. There are those that take the activities further and bring yoga poses in group games. This is a social event where everyone can join in and you are not restricted to 2 person activities. Therefore, if you want to bring a second child, a partner or perhaps a grandparent, everyone can have fun. Again, these games and techniques can be brought back to the family home for playtime on family gatherings.

Family yoga comes in different forms, from those simple routines to the partner poses and classes for the whole family. Anyone can bring their child into the world of yoga with the right attitude and techniques. Start slow and find a way to teach them the basics that are fun and inclusive. Then you can look into new games, classes, and ideas as you progress.

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Kids Yoga Positive Affirmation Lesson Plan

Life is an adventure! It is full of unexpected twists, turns and ups and downs. This can sometimes cause uncertainty and unease which kids can easily pick up on in their day to day lives. Help kids manage their emotions, keep a positive attitude and connect with themselves and others with the use of positive affirmations, mantras and yoga.

Go Go Yoga for Kids and Zendoway have partnered together to give parents, teachers and other caregivers the tools and lesson plans to keep kids positive.

Get the FREE Kids Yoga Affirmation lesson plan which incorporate the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards and Affirmation Cubes.

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Get Your Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards

The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards will introduce children and families to yoga poses that will increase balance, flexibility, mindfulness, and more.

This yoga card deck includes 30 sturdy 4×6 yoga cards including partner poses, confidence building mantras, and fun yoga games to play together using these cards.


The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards Include:

  • 30 progressive 4×6 sturdy yoga cards including partner poses
  • Empowering mantras for mindfulness and meditation
  • Yoga poses rated from 1-5 stars based on difficulty
  • Easy to flow yoga poses to creative many routines and yoga flows
  • 15 Bonus Games to play using the yoga pose cards
  • Tested and proven yoga poses to bring the most mental and physical benefit
  • Takes only minutes each day to gain lifelong skills and health benefits

The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards are available on Amazon as well as a discounted bundle with our bestselling book, Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga for Kids.

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