Category: Yoga Kids Quick Tips (Page 1 of 3)

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.

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.

And do you know that a yoga set is a great way to get into yoga, either for yourself or your kids. However, most are lacking in quality and not worth buying, so here are some that are reviewed and recommend in this ultimate guide to choosing a Starter Kit for Beginners.

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.

Get your own Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards and Cubes here.

Want more kids yoga lesson plans and games? Be a part of our free kids yoga community here.

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.

5 Kid-Friendly Yoga Poses That Will Open Hearts and Minds

by Sara J. Weis

Love is in the air, and now is the time to let your heart shine. Yes, flowers and candy are a lovely thought for adults this season, but it is also a good time to open your heart and show acceptance and compassion for others.

These heart-opening exercises are especially beneficial for kids and adults who spend the majority of their day slouched in desks at school and work or with their heads bent over screens and books. These exercises take only minutes and will help improve posture and release back and neck tension as well as create an openness in your body and mind.

Head over to Daily Cup of Yoga to read the read and try these amazing heart opening yoga poses.

Get these Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards to help practice yoga at home or school with kids. Find out more here or get our exclusive monthly newsletter for additional fun ways to introduce kids to yoga.

Practice These 4 Yoga Poses Every Day for Your Body and Mind

Yoga can be done with all ages and has numerous benefits for your body both inside and out. Trying these four progressive yoga poses and easy-to-remember mantras will give your body many physical and mental benefits.

These fun and family friendly progressive poses only take minutes each day. By consistently pairing these poses with saying the given mantra, you will begin to feel many physical and mental benefits take place.

Find out more in my original published article here.

Looking for more kids yoga lesson plans and games? Get your copy of Go Go Yoga for Kids here or get our monthly newsletter.

Get Ready for the Kids Yoga Challenge!

Yoga is fun! Get kids fit, flexible and focused

with the Kids Yoga Challenge

by Go Go Yoga for Kids

For 30 days, The Kids Yoga Challenge by Go Go Yoga Kids will improve your kids’ balance, flexibility mindfulness and more. This challenge is adult friendly as well so please join in!

Each challenge day will showcase a You Tube video including:

  • an introduction of the yoga pose
  • how to do each pose correctly
  • health benefits associated with this pose
  • a mantra to recite to help create mindfulness and meditation

Please subscribe to the Go Go Yoga for Kids You Tube Channel for updates.

We will also be using the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards to help in this challenge. This Kids Yoga Challenge Card Deck includes 30 poses with partner poses, confidence building mantras and more fun games to play together using the Kids Yoga Pose Cards.

The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards include:

  • 30 progressive yoga poses
  • Empowering pose mantras for beginners and meditation
  • Poses rated from 1-5 stars based on difficulty
  • Easy to flow poses for your own yoga routine or flow
  • Tested and proven yoga poses to bring most mental and physical benefit
  • Use of only minutes each day to gain lifelong skills and health benefits

These Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards will soon be available for purchase.

Questions or wanting to be part of the initial review team? Contact us here.

Wanting more kids yoga lesson plans, poses and ideas? Get your copy of Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga with Kids.

 

5 Fun Yoga Games for Kids & Adults with an Inner Child

Sara J. Weis

Looking to try something new and active with your children? Yoga games are a great way to get kids moving, working together, and improve their communication skills. Yoga games also provide the perfect opportunity to learn new poses and increase balance and flexibility.

The following games can be played with different age levels with simple adjustments. These yoga games can also be used anywhere as they don’t need any preparation or materials. Just put on a smile and have fun playing these games on the go!

 

Mirror Mirror

 

Choose one partner to go first. The first partner will slowly move through a sequence of yoga poses while the other person mimics the movements. After a couple of minutes switch roles so the other person takes the lead.

mirror kid

 

Pose Challenge

 

This game will help children realize how all of their body parts have advantages and can make them stronger. Call out two different body parts that should be touching the floor or yoga mat and have them show that pose. For example “Two hands/Two Feet” could mean the children could show down dog, plank, cat, cow, standing forward fold, or a new pose that they invent. There are no wrong poses. It is just a fun way to get your body moving in different ways.

Yogi Yogi Go (similar to Duck Duck Goose)

Children sit in a circle and one child moves around the circle tapping children on the head saying, “Yogi, Yogi” and picks someone by saying “Go.” The first child will jump, hop, gallop, etc. around the circle trying to make it back to his/her seat without getting caught. If caught they then hold a yoga pose in the middle of the circle.

goose goose duck

 

Body Shapes

 

Draw a shape on a whiteboard or a piece of paper and everyone must try to make that shape with their body. This can be done individually, in pairs, or in small groups. A fun challenge in pairs or groups is to see if they can make the shape while working together silently. Good figures to use are circles, lines, and certain letters.

kids yoga practice

 

Sea/Shore/Shells

 

This is an active game that allows lots of movement while practicing yoga poses that the children know or have learned. Have a long jump rope or some other way to divide your room in half. When the leader says, “sea”, everyone jumps to the “sea” side. When the leader says “shore”, they jump to the other side. When the leader says “shells”, the participants must make a yoga pose. Try going quickly and mix them up. The kids will love it!


Find more about Sara J. Weis and her work with children at gogoyogakids.com. Or follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

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