Congratulations on taking the first steps toward changing kids lives in such a positive way! The benefits of yoga for kids are huge and Go Go Yoga Kids: Empower Kids for Life Through Yoga wants to help you plan and be prepared to teach yoga to kids. Be sure to read our previous post on ideas on where to find places to teach yoga to kids.
Setting Up Your First Yoga Classes for Kids:
When you are just starting out teaching kids yoga at a new location, it is good to offer a 6-8 week session. This is good for several reasons.
- It doesn’t commit parents, the director, or yourself to a long term commitment.
- This gives kids an opportunity to try something new, learn new skills, and recognize the benefits of yoga. They will become so hooked on yoga and will want to continue learning more after that first session!
- It gives you, as the instructor, the opportunity to step back and evaluate how things went. What would you change for next time? Did the age groups work well? Evaluating after each class helps you improve, change, and build on what you have learned.
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Mirror Mirror is a fun yoga game that allows kids to practice yoga poses and take turns being the leader. I love this game for several reasons. First as a teacher and mom I know that kids learn best by doing as opposed to telling them about something or just showing them.
A lot of times adults get into the habit of just telling kids how they should do something without really giving them the opportunity to just do it all by themselves. With Mirror Mirror, one child gets to be the leader and their partner needs to follow them exactly. The leader needs to move very very slowly so their partner can keep up. It is almost as if you are looking into a mirror and seeing the movements happen at the same time.
I like to have the partners begin facing one another and model how slow they will move such as raising one hand and then the other, rolling their neck or looking up at the ceiling. Once they have that mastered they can begin moving slowing into cat/cow stretches, Warrior 1 or other poses that allow them to still face one another so they can keep track of what is happening.
By letting kids take a turn being in charge and making decisions on what poses they are going to do, allows a deeper level of understanding. It is the simple act of doing, rather than telling. Be sure to jump in and play along too. That makes it even extra special. How often do children get to lead and have adults follow?
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Although the official Opposite Day has been declared on January 25, kids love to celebrate Opposite Day anytime. A fun way to do that is with the Opposite Yoga Pose Game.
Kids love this yoga game and it really stretches their minds as they think creatively and move their bodies in different ways. Kids don’t necessarily need to have an understanding of all the yoga poses to be able to play. Use my favorite Yoga Pose cards to help this game be even more successful and fun for kids.
How to play Opposite Yoga Poses:
Have the kids pick a card with a yoga pose on it. They then try to come up with the opposite yoga pose for it. For example, Down Dog Pose could be Boat Pose. Or Frog Pose would become Happy Baby Pose and the opposite of Mountain Pose is a Headstand.
How many more can you think of? It is okay if the children do not know the name of the poses they are making. Just show them the card and see what they come up with. It is the simple act of moving their bodies in creative and different ways that will produce many benefits.
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The kids yoga teaching opportunities are definitely out there and will take a little effort, but the benefit for you (and the kids!) is lifelong. The following are a few of the places that offer yoga for kids or can be contacted about leading classes or workshops.
- Parks and Recreation programs in your local area
- Sports and Wellness centers, such as YMCA’s or other health clubs
- Library programs
- After school programs
- Homeschool and co-op groups
- Fairs/Festivals or other children’s events
- Yoga studios
- Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts
- 4-H clubs
When I first wanted to teach yoga for kids, I started looking for locations to offer classes. I began with places where I already had a connection. One was a local health club where I was a member and the other was a nearby preschool that I’d had experience with. I called and set up a time to meet with the director of the youth programs. I was prepared with what I was going to say and brought along samples of the lessons I would use.
Good kids yoga teachers are a special find, and word will travel fast that you are equipped and passionate about reaching all different types of children through yoga. You are in a position to positively influence kids through yoga and introduce them to many lifelong skills and benefits. Read more here about making a difference in kids’ lives through yoga.
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You don’t need to have a kids yoga certification or hours and hours of training and research. If you have a heart for kids and yoga, then you can definitely positive influence and make a difference in kids’ lives through yoga. The benefits for the kids (and you!) are life-long!
More good news for kids and yoga is the research on the benefits of yoga and children keep pouring in. Yoga for kids is on the move. Don’t miss it!
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