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How to Build Community in Your Kids Yoga Class

How to Build Community in Your Kids Yoga Class

Welcome to our Kids Yoga Lesson Planning 101 Free Training! Throughout this training we have learned how to put together engaging, successful, fun, and memorable kids yoga classes. Now we will learn how to build community.

Get all caught up here with the Most Important Parts Every Kids Yoga Class Needs:

Video 1: How to Plan Your Kids Yoga Class

Video 2: The Welcome

Video 3: Breathing Exercises

Video 4: Sun Salutations

Video 5: Active Movement

Video 6: Themed Yoga Poses

Video 7: The Yoga Challenge

Building Community comes toward the end of your kids yoga class. Everyone has had fun, learned a lot, and now it is time to bring the energy level down a little.

How to Build Trust and Community in Your Kids Yoga Classes: Building Community

As a teacher, I know that it can be tempting to skip or rush this portion of class if you are feeling short on time. I encourage you to really make time for this building community portion of class. It is a very important part for your students as well as for you, their teacher.

As you begin to bring your yoga class to a close, it is important and beneficial to reflect on all that you have learned and accomplished during class. It makes the students feel stronger and more united as a class.

This is personally one of my favorite parts of class as it ties everything together. The children share what they have learned and what they have enjoyed. I love hearing about their favorite parts and often times I am surprised. Many times it is not what I think such as mastering a difficult pose, but instead it might be how they felt or how they connected with another student and maybe made a new friend.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to Build Community in your Kids Yoga Classes. Give them a try. They love it and it truly begins to bring your class to a close.

How to Create a Thunderstorm With Kids

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Building Community by playing “Pass the Squeeze”

We have many more ways to Build Community in our bestselling book, Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Yoga with Kids

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Girls on the Run with Go Go Yoga for Kids

Girls on the Run with Go Go Yoga for Kids

Join Go Go Yoga for Kids for a fun, energetic, and free Kids Yoga Class!

Go Go Yoga for Kids, Girls on the Run, and Athleta Girl all together to celebrate and encourage our young female athletes!

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Go Go Yoga for Kids at Athleta Girl

Have fun with yoga, make your own trail mix, enjoy an educational lesson from Girls on the Run of Iowa, and leave with some goodies from Athleta!

When: February 8th, 8:30 AM

Where: Upper level of Jordan Creek Mall by Finish Line

What to Bring: A yoga mat and be ready for fun

Why: Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day! We believe in the positive power of sports to help build girls’ confidence. Nothing should stand in the way of making your body and mind healthy and happy.

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The Yoga Challenge: Kids Yoga Lesson Planning 101

The Yoga Challenge: Kids Yoga Lesson Planning 101

Welcome to the Kids Yoga Lesson Planning 101 series. I am glad that you are here. You can get all caught up with the videos below:

Why you need a Kids Yoga Lesson Plan before you even think about teaching yoga to children.

Part 1: The Welcome: How to engage your students right from the start.

Part 2: Breathing Exercises: Made Relevant and FUN for Children

Part 3: Sun Salutations Made Simple: Connect Movement with Breath

Part 4: The Importance of Active Movement: Get hearts pumping, build strength, and get wiggles out.

Part 5: Themed Yoga Poses

Part 6: Yoga Games for Kids

Now you are ready for Part 7 of the Kids Yoga Lesson Planning 101 Training:

The Kids Yoga Challenge!

Congratulations! Now you are well over halfway through with your yoga class. Your students have moved, breathed, learned a lot and had fun! Now it’s time for Part 7 of your Kids Yoga Class with The Yoga Challenge!

The Kids Yoga Challenge: Yoga Lesson Planning 101 Part 6

With the Yoga Challenge portion of your kids yoga class, your students will have the opportunity to work on a challenge by themselves or together with the group. Select one of the options below and spend 7-9 minutes having fun with the Yoga Challenge.

The Yoga Challenge Options:

1. Balance Poses:

Select a single balance yoga pose for the children to work on. This could be Airplane Pose, Dancer Pose, Tree Pose or may others. We like to use The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards to help provide a visual. When placed on the floor, they also provide a wonderful focal point.

Kids love to work on balance in yoga class because it is fun and challenging. They often don’t realize that they are acquiring a skill that improves each time they practice. This is good news because studies have shown that our balance decreases as we age beginning at age 7. With practice, we can maintain this balance.

2. Inversions:

I understand that Inversions can sound scary to try…especially with kids. The great news is that Inversions do not need to be difficult to do and the benefits are enormous. Find out how to practice our favorite Kids Yoga Inversions here.

yoga headstand

3. Partner Yoga Poses:

Kids love partner yoga poses! Partner yoga poses help teach children the importance of teamwork and working together plus they are fun to do and build trust and community with one another. Check out our all-time favorite Kids Yoga Partner Poses here.

4. Group Yoga Challenge:

This type of yoga challenges are some of my favorites. Do not overthink this, it can be anything from standing in a circle and passing a hula hoop without letting go of hands. It can also be a Group Tree Pose or a Down Dog Tunnel. The point is to get the children working together to achieve a goal while having fun!

Down Dog Tunnel
Down Dog Tunnels are always a hit for The Yoga Challenge.

The Yoga Challenge is an important part of your kids yoga class for differentiation and meeting the varying needs of your students. Everything can be modified.

This challenge allows the children the opportunity to work on more difficult poses by themselves or within the group. This builds trust and community.

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Yoga Games for Children: Kids Yoga Lesson Planning 101

Yoga Games for Children: Kids Yoga Lesson Planning 101

Welcome to our Kids Yoga Yoga Lesson Planning 101 Training. We are so glad that you are here!

Get All Caught Up on How to Plan Your Kids Yoga Class:

Why you need a Kids Yoga Lesson Plan before you even think about teaching yoga to children.

Part 1: The Welcome: How to engage your students right from the start.

Part 2: Breathing Exercises: Made Relevant and FUN for Children

Part 3: Sun Salutations Made Simple: Connect Movement with Breath

Part 4: The Importance of Active Movement: Get hearts pumping, build strength, and get wiggles out.

Part 5: Yoga Poses for Kids

Yoga Games for Kids

Kids love yoga games! Yoga games are often a favorite part of the class as children naturally love to play games. Games are also another great way to get kids moving, build strength, follow directions, work together and practice yoga poses in fun and engaging ways.

I also love how games help break the ice with new groups and allow kids to get to know one another. Games also lead to laughter and provide opportunities to maybe step outside a comfort while working together to achieve a goal.

Coming up with and planning and preparing a variety of kids yoga games is one of my specialties. In both of our bestselling books; Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Yoga with Kids and Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children include hundreds of yoga games to play with all ages and group sizes.

yoga beach ball
Yoga Beach Ball is a Fun Game for All Ages

I like to have a repertoire of yoga games that can be played and used in a variety of situations such as varying group sizes, ages, indoor, outdoor yoga games. I also like to include games with partners, quiet and mindful games, games that bring the energy level up and games that bring the energy down.

These games could be used during a yoga class, a school setting, camps, during other kid-related activities, or a home with your children.

I do recommend having a set of yoga pose cards to when playing the games. We use The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards and they provide a great visual and are about the only prop or material needed.

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The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards

As you dive in deeper with some of our favorite kids yoga games, please feel free to adapt for varying age levels, setting, age appropriateness, and number of children. This can be done by making a few simple adjustments.

A huge tip is that you spend no longer than 10 minutes playing a yoga game. Keep the interest level and excitement high. Always end on a high note which leaves them wanting more

The goal of yoga games is to get kids excited about practicing many different yoga poses, while they gain strength, improve balance, experience teamwork and have fun!

Find your FREE Kids Yoga Bingo Cards here.

free yoga pose bingo cards
Free Kids Yoga Pose Bingo Cards

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Kids Yoga Lesson Planing 101: Active Movement (Part 4)

Kids Yoga Lesson Planing 101: Active Movement (Part 4)

Hello and welcome to our Kids Yoga Lesson Planning 101 Training. Get your free workbook and get all caught up below

We are covering the most important parts of your Kids Yoga Class in our Kids Yoga Lesson Planning 101. Each part is important in its own way and not to be missed.

Video 1: How to Plan Your Kids Yoga Class

Video 2: The Welcome

Video 3: Breathing Exercises

Video 4: Sun Salutations

Part 4 of your Kids Yoga Lesson Plan: Active Movement

There is a reason that Active Movement is near the beginning of a kids yoga class. The children are so excited to be there from The Welcome then after their Breathing Exercises and Sun Salutations, they are good and ready to move their bodies around the room and use their large muscle groups.

Why Active Movement is Important

Active Movement provides the chance to put all of their well-intentioned energy to good use and let the kids have some fun while moving their bodies and making them strong.

The main benefits of Active Movement are to get students’ hearts pumping, build strength, and get their wiggles out (especially in the younger ages)! They will then be good and ready for the Themed Yoga Poses that will follow.

Yoga is more than breath, it is also about strengthening your whole body as well as your mind!

Active Movement Examples:

  • Freeze Dance
  • Follow the Leader
  • Animal Walks
  • Jumping Jacks
  • High Knees
  • Skipping
  • Galloping

Do Not Overthink

Just move your body in good and healthy ways! That’s it! Turn on some music and for sure join in the fun! The kids love it! After a few moments, turn the music off, settle the children back into a circle. Have the children place a hand on their heart and feel it pumping energetically.

Make Your Heart Happy

I like to explain to the children how they made their hearts so happy. I tell them that sometimes their hearts get very bored when they are sitting for such a long time in front of the TV or video games. I ask them to put their hand on their heart and feel how happy they made their hearts now! Look around the room after you do this.  Light bulbs are going off! The children have definitely made a connection with how to make their hearts happy!

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