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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.

Using Mantras While Teaching Kids Yoga

I had the honor to guest post over at Mindful Teachers.


We live in a fast-paced world and so do our children. How can we, as adults and teachers, help children connect with themselves and others and also learn to enjoy the moment they are in?

What we think about ourselves can often impact how we develop.

  • If we feel we are inadequate, then we’ll behave like that.
  • If we believe we are special and loved, we will most likely behave as if we are special and loved.

This is one reason why affirmations and mantras can be an important tool to help children develop positive foundations on which to grow.  A positive self-belief system built in childhood will hopefully stay with a person throughout their life.

What are Mantras?

The word ‘mantra’ comes from Sanskrit, and is generally used to mean a special word or phrase that’s used in meditation. Some parents and teachers may be concerned that mantras conflict with their religious beliefs, but mantras don’t need to have a religious aspect or overtone.

You can think of mantras as a few positive words spoken to ourselves each day. This can make such a difference to our whole mind and heart.

Mantras are similar to affirmations, and over time they can help change the way we feel. Mantras are repeated over and over to ourselves out loud or silently. It’s a wonderful technique for kids to use to set themselves up for doing their best and feeling good about themselves and their efforts.

Providing different tools for children to practice mindfulness with mantras, breathing exercises, and yoga poses is one of my passions.  As I developed the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards, I wanted to be sure to include all the important tools.

Each card shows a yoga pose and corresponding mantra. Each of the yoga poses involves a variety of muscles working and may make a person feel differently.  The accompanying affirmation for each pose is short and memorable.

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Things Are Hopping! Kids Easter and Spring Yoga Lesson Plans and Activities

Get things hopping with Go Go Yoga for Kids and these Spring Kids Yoga Lesson Plans and Ideas.

Get your free complete Easter Egg Kids Yoga Lesson Plan here with all of the Spring yoga poses, games and activities. You may also like our Spring Yoga Transformation lesson plan complete with seed to flower and caterpillar to cocoon.

Kids Yoga Challenge Pose CardsCheck out our bestselling Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards in our store and are available  on Amazon and Amazon Europe which provide wonderful pose visuals for games and partner poses.

For more kids lesson plans check out our bestselling guides; Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide for Using Yoga With Kids and Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children.

Easter Egg Spring Kids Yoga Lesson Plan


Get out your plastic Easter Eggs ready and Celebrate Spring with this fun kids yoga lesson plan, games, and activities.

Spring Easter Egg Kids Yoga

You may also like our Spring Kids Yoga Lesson Plan Video and Spring Transformation Lesson Plan.

For more kids yoga lesson plans check out our two bestselling books filled with dozens of ready to go kids yoga lesson plans and kids yoga games and activities.

Complete guide

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Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children

Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga with Children

 

 

 

 

Yoga With Kids: How Yoga Can Benefit the Kids You Love

Yoga can be a great way for adults to manage stress, but we shouldn’t keep it to ourselves! Join me in this podcast interview with Catharine Basu of Fit Armadillo
as I talk about why it is important to introduce yoga and mindfulness strategies with children and the most effective ways to go about doing it.
Listen in at any of the places below.

The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards Go International

Go Go Yoga for Kids is thrilled to announce the launching of the Kids 

kids yoga challenge pose cards

Yoga Challenge Pose Cards internationally! Now you have the option to purchase directly from our store, Amazon.com or Amazon.uk.

The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards will challenge you and your kids with balance, flexibility, mindfulness, and more. This card deck includes 40 poses including partner poses, confidence building pose mantras, and fun games to play together using these cards.

The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards Include:warrrior 1

  • 40 progressive yoga poses including partner poses
  • Empowering pose mantras for beginners and meditation
  • Poses rated from 1-5 stars based on levels
  •  Easy to follow poses to create many original yoga flows
  • 15 Bonus Games to play using these pose cards
  • Tested and proven yoga poses to bring most Double Boatmental and physical benefit
  • Takes only minutes each day to gain lifelong skills and health benefits
  • Comes in a fun drawstring burlap bag

Read what others are saying about the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards.

The Go Go Yoga for Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards are an excellent product for parents, teachers, and kids yoga instructors alike! The illustrations are bright and colorful, and the cards can be used in so many different ways. My kids just love practicing the poses, and we can’t wait to try the suggested games. These cards are a great companion to Sara’s book but can also be used on their own. Highly recommend!!cards with bag

–Erin Leach

These cards are awesome! Simple, kid friendly pictures and an inspiring statement to go with each card. I used these in my Kindergarten classroom and was able to quickly and easily teach a handful of poses. There is a card with suggested ways to use the cards and suggestions for games to play with them, too. Will purchase more sets of these to use as gifts and give to fellow educators and parents.

–Kate Virgil

Find out more about the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards.

Lucky Leprechaun Kids Yoga Class for St Patrick’s Day

Get ready to celebrate St. Patricks Day with these lucky and fun kids yoga poses, games, breathing exercises and more. Perfect for home, school, and studio. Get the full lesson plan in our bestselling book Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children.

Begin with Rainbow Breath:

1.Place your index fingers together.

2. On the inhale reach your arms to one side of your body.

3. On the exhale, raise your arms overhead and lower to the other side.

Themed Yoga Poses:

Pot of Gold: Boat Pose

Leprechaun: Chair Pose or Warrior 2 Pose

4 Leaf Clover: Star Pose

Horseshoe: Horse Pose

Rainbow: Wheel Pose, Bridge Pose, Reverse Plank

Visuals for all of these yoga poses can be found in the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards

More St. Paddy’s Kids Yoga Ideas:

Balance Practice: Use plastic gold coins to work on balancing them on your hand, head, knee, etc. The children will have lots of ideas on where they can balance their gold coins. You can also use these gold coins for balance relays which the kids think are lots of fun.

Find the complete Lucky Leprechaun Kids Yoga Lesson Plan in our new bestselling Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children book.

Get your free Kids Yoga St. Patricks Day Mandala here.

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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Opening Minds: Early Education, Child Care, and School Age Conference Presentation

 

I was honored to speak at the Opening Minds Conference and Expo in Chicago.  It is one of the biggest early childhood events of the year and I was so excited to be a part of it. I presented on How to Easily Incorporate Yoga in Your Preschool Classroom with Poses, Games, and Mindfulness Within Your Existing Curriculum.

 

Best yoga for kids props and resources

I may have slightly overpacked, but I had so many props, resources, and ideas that I couldn’t wait to share with fellow educators, counselors, parents, child care providers, and healthcare professionals about the importance of introducing yoga to young children.

Many of my favorite props are detailed in Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children but there were also many seasonal kids yoga props and games that are very timely and effective such as our Open Hearts and Minds Valentine Box and poses as well as our Snowball Kids Yoga Lesson Plan.

Opening Minds: Early Education, Child Care, and School Age Conference and Expo

An hour and a half can be a long time for a session so I made sure to break it up with some breathing exercises, poses, yoga games and videos that everyone seemed to enjoy. A few favorites were Birthday Candle Breath, Balloon Breathing, how to effectively teach Tree Pose to children and ways to instantly incorporate yoga into the classroom in minutes. We used the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards for some of the exercises, but any yoga pose cards could work.

Top yoga poses for kids. How to teach Tree Pose to kids.

One of my passions is definitely helping children get fit and literate. One easy way to do this is by incorporating quality read aloud books along with yoga poses. I took the opportunity to walk through some of my favorite children’s books and explain how to incorporate yoga poses and games with them. Kids love this and they retain what they are learning all the better if they are moving as well.

Favorite read alouds to teach yoga to children

For example, practice forming some Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Palm Trees and different letter shapes with your body. For more information check out our How to Teach Yoga to Kids with Picture Books video or see a list of our favorite read-aloud books.

I so enjoyed meeting the attendees. They had wonderful questions and feedback. It was definitely a joy to be able to share my passions of kids, teaching, and yoga with others.

Kids Yoga Valentine Poses to Open Hearts and Minds

Try these five heart-opening yoga poses with children this Valentine holiday. 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.

All of these yoga poses can be found in our Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards that are available in our store and on Amazon.

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