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Winners of the New Kids Yoga Picture Book Announced

Congratulations to  Jodi and Meghan, the winners of our giveaway and copies of the new picture book Downward Mule.

These kids are all nailing their Warrior 2 poses and we couldn’t be more impressed. We love seeing kids try out yoga anywhere and anytime.

If you are looking for more great kids yoga resources and books. Check out our tried and true kids yoga resources, read-alouds, and lesson plans here.

You can get your own copy of Downward Mule here.

 

 

 

 

Grab a Buddy for these Fun Kids Yoga Partner Poses and Guide

Kids love yoga partner poses! They are fun to do and they build trust and community with one another and the group. These partner poses can be done at home, school, camp, yoga class or anywhere you have kids ready to try something new and have fun.

I try to incorporate partner or group poses in every kids yoga class as it gives everyone a common goal to work toward and builds confidence when mastered.

When I created the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards, I purposely incorporated partner poses for some of the challenge poses. The partner poses are built on progression so gives the children a goal to work toward and it so much fun to achieve together!

Tips on working with partners for a kids yoga class

  • Try to have kids partner up with those of similar size.  All partner poses can be modified, but it is a good idea to start this way.
  • Have the partners get to know one another before practicing the poses. Take a moment for them to introduce themselves to one another and pose a few questions that they need to answer as something they are good at or a favorite game to play.
  • Have one pair of partners demonstrate the Partner Pose before everyone tries it. As the partner pair is demonstrating, this is a good time to talk about proper form and any safety concerns. Although yoga partner poses are safe and fun, it is still a good idea to remind kids to take it slow. They will naturally be excited to get right into the pose so this will help them remember.
  • After the partners have practiced the featured yoga pose for 1-2 minutes. Have one group demonstrate the pose one last time. Kids love to show off the poses with their partners.

Are you ready for a full kids yoga lesson featuring nothing, but partner poses?! Join Go Go Yoga for Kids at Athleta Jordan Creek this summer. Can’t make it? Grab your Partner Kids Yoga Poses here. It will be a kids yoga class that these children will never forget! These are poses they definitely will continue practicing on their own.

Get your Free Kids Yoga Partner Poses here.

Don’t miss more the additional fun Go Go Yoga for Kids partner poses here.

Celebrate Groundhog’s Day with this Game and Yoga Poses for Kids


Will it be an early Spring, or will there be six more weeks of Winter? The  groundhog gets to decide with this fun yoga game for kids!

Select one child to be the lead groundhog. Have everyone begin in Child’s Pose with their foreheads to the ground as if they are hibernating groundhogs waiting for February 2nd.

The lead groundhog will emerge first from slumber, look around, and announce to the other groundhogs if it is Spring or Winter. Based on what the lead groundhog selects, then choose from the following poses:

Winter Groundhog Yoga Poses

Snowflake: Begin in Mountain Pose with arms outstretched above.  Next dive forward and bring your arms to the ground as if you are a snowflake falling. Repeat this several times to represent lots of snowflakes falling.

Snowboarder: Stand strong in Warrior 2 with arms outstretched and your front leg bent. Try jumping and switching directions while landing in Warrior 2. Try to get a little hang time in your 180 degree jumps as if you are a star snowboarder!

Snowball: Lie on your back and hug your knees into your chest. Rock and roll back and forth as if you are a snowball being rolled. Do this several times. It is almost like getting a back massage.

Spring Groundhog Yoga Poses

Tree Pose:  Get your Spring tree ready for leaves! Bring your foot to your calf and place your hands at heart center. As you become more steady, bring your foot to your thigh and move your hands overhead for tree branches. A tip for holding tree pose is to focus on a spot on the ground that is not moving.

Butterfly Pose: Sit on your bottom with a tall spine, bend your legs, and place the soles of your feet together. Flap your legs like the wings of a butterfly. How fast can your butterfly fly? Then try to go as slowly as possible.

Frog Pose: Come down to a squat position and bring your arms to heart center. Can you hop like a frog?

Take turns being the lead groundhog so everyone can practice several Winter and Spring yoga poses.  Finally for the final resting position or Savasana have the kids roll up in a yoga mat or blanket as if they are quiet slumbering groundhog.

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Five Ways to Cure Kids’ Cabin Fever with Yoga

Does the Winter gray weather got you and your kids feeling cooped up?  Please hop over to my guest post on Des Moines Parent and find out ways to cure that cabin fever with yoga! In just 5 minutes, I promise you will be feeling more fit, flexible and focused while having fun with your kids.

Five Ways to Cure Kids’ Cabin Fever with Yoga

Cold weather during the winter months can keep kids cooped up inside. It is important for kids to move and be active during these winter months. Physical activity helps stimulate those happy endorphins and keeps your body healthy and strong. So next time your kids have been cooped up and need to burn off some energy, turn on some music, and try these fun kid-friendly yoga poses to get fit, focused, and flexible together. No props or materials needed!

Tree Pose

Move into this favorite yoga pose and benefit your body in many different ways. Tree Pose is a perfect way to practice balance and focus! Bring your foot to your calf and place your hands at heart center. As you become more steady, bring your foot to your thigh and move your hands overhead for tree branches. A tip for holding tree pose is to focus on a spot on the ground that is not moving.

Warrior 2 Jumps

Kids love this pose.  It is a great way to get the heart pumping and keep it healthy. Stand strong in Warrior 2 with arms outstretched and your front leg bent. Try jumping and switching directions while landing in Warrior 2. Try to get a little hang time in your 180 degree jumps.  It is almost like snowboarding but much warmer!

Plank Pose

This pose will work every muscle in your body. Hold a plank pose with your body forming a straight line from head to feet. Try to hold this pose for 15 seconds. Squeeze your stomach and legs together and it will make you feel lighter. Can you hold this pose for 30 seconds? Try to work up to one minute for an extra challenge!

Down Dog Push Ups

We have all done push ups and feel the effects in our arms. Down Dog push ups work not only your arms but also increase the length of your hamstring muscles. Move your arms to a push up form while in the Down Dog pose. Kids probably won’t be able to get as close to the floor, but they will work their arms and legs in a whole new way!

Row Your Boat

Balance on your bottom and bring your legs up to make a “V” shape. Try to move your arms from side to side as if you are rowing a boat. This is fun for kids and wonderful for building good core strength.

Keep practicing these yoga poses and notice how your body changes. With these simple exercises, kids are working together on balance, flexibility,  focus, and core strength while making their hearts and minds healthy and happy!

 

Kids Yoga Challenge with Go Go Yoga Kids

Be a part of the Kids Yoga Challenge

Are you ready to get more fit, focused, and flexible this year with kids that you care about? The Kids Yoga Challenge is a great way to maximize your family time and reach  fitness goals!

  • 30 progressive yoga poses
  • Daily Pose unveiling with posture tips and health benefits
  • Each pose rated on difficulty from 1-5 stars
  • Poses can be put together for your own yoga routine or flow
  • Fun partner and group poses included
  • Tested and proven poses to improve your body and mind
  • Takes only minutes each day to gain lifelong skills and health benefits

Do you want to be part of this Kids Yoga Challenge? Sign up here for more details and be part of the fun!


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Words Longest Yoga Mat Leap Frog Game

We needed to have a little fun before cutting this yoga mat roll into 25 kid sized yoga mats!

Check out the leap frog fun here!

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Jenga! Jenga! Take this Classic Game Up a Notch with Go Go Yoga for Kids

One of my favorite things to do is to develop creative new yoga games out of classic favorites. Kids love this as it gives them the opportunity to play a game that they are already familiar with and can learn and practice yoga poses, while working together, and having lots of fun.

The bestselling book Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga with Kids includes over 50 fun and creative games to play while lyoga jenga 2earning about yoga and having fun!

I would love to share with you one of my favorite: Yoga Jenga.

How to play Yoga Jenga

  1. Before playing write the names of yoga poses on Jenga blocks in a permanent marker.
  2. Set up the Jenga Blocks as if playing a normal game.
  3.  Each player takes a turn carefully drawing out one block out at a time being careful not to let the tower fall
  4. The player will read aloud the pose and demonstrate it. Everyone then practices the yoga pose.
  5. The player places the block onto top of the tower.
  6. Continue around the circle with each child selecting a block. As per normal Jenga rules, when the blocks fall, the game is over.

Kids and adults of all ages enjoy Yoga Jegan. It is  a fun way to learn and practice many many poses. Have fun!

 

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