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How to Make Mindful Moments with Kids & Families

How to Make Mindful Moments with Kids & Families

I was honored to be a guest on the Mindful Moments for Families & Schools Podcast! We continued to crack the code on how to easily incorporate mindfulness and yoga into your children’s everyday routine. 

Get Ready to Discover:

  • Recommendations on how to get started with a yoga & mindfulness practice yourself
  • How to get started teaching yoga to children
  • Create mini mindful moments with Kids
  • How the Go Go Yoga for Kids books & resources came to fruition
  • The creation of The Kids Yoga Challenge App
  • How to easily connect with children
  • Favorite Kids Yoga teaching moments
  • How to build a passion into a business

Tune in for a lighthearted and spirited discussion that left me smiling way after we had parted.

 

go go yoga for kids
go go yoga for kids

 

Mindful Moments for Families and Schools Podcast

Host: Kelly Winkler

In today’s episode I chat with Sara Weis. Best-selling author Sara J. Weis is a creative and passionate teacher who has inspired children for over twenty years. In Go Go Yoga for Kids, Sara has combined her experience as a school teacher and a certified kid and adult yoga instructor to introduce children to yoga in engaging and child-friendly ways.

Sara is the author of Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Yoga with Kids, Yoga Lessons for Children and Yoga Games & Activities for Children. She is also the creator of the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards, The Kids Yoga Challenge App and the online Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Training, which has trained thousands from all over the world on how to energetically and effectively teach yoga and mindfulness to children.

Sara holds a master’s degree in education as well as bachelor’s degrees in early childhood and elementary education. She is a teacher for West Des Moines Schools and leads kids yoga classes for a nationally-known health and fitness club. Her Go Go Go Yoga for Kids Teacher Training and books are found in over 200 health clubs, gyms and schools across the US.

Listen to the full episode to hear all Sara’s wisdom about yoga for kids. 

kids yoga challenge pose cards

The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards will challenge you and children 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:

  • 40 progressive yoga poses including partner poses
  • Empowering pose mantras for beginners and meditation
  • Poses rated from 1-5 stars based on difficulty
  • 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 mental and physical benefit
  • Takes only minutes each day to gain lifelong skills and health benefits
The Great Parent Slowdown: How to Be More Present from Yoga for Unity & Wellbeing

The Great Parent Slowdown: How to Be More Present from Yoga for Unity & Wellbeing

“How do you bring out the best from within you, to excel in this journey of parenthood? Are you plagued with questions like:- Am I a good parent? Why is it difficult to raise kids? Will my child turn out right? Learn how to be more present with this webinar!

This webinar also commemorates the United Nations Global Parents Day! Featuring Mary Wheatley and Sara Weis. Mary is a Conscious Parent Coach from Hawaii who is going to talk about the great parent slowdown during today’s pandemic times and she comes with her bag of tricks to help us all out in our individual personal journeys. Sara is a bestselling author and kids yoga instructor who is going to happily share with us a few dynamic yoga poses for us to connect with our kids.

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Power Partner Poses in Yoga to Practice with Kids

Power Partner Poses in Yoga to Practice with Kids

Kids love partner yoga poses! Partner yoga poses help teach children the importance of teamwork and working together plus they are fun to do. They build trust and community with one another within 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 incorporate partner or group poses in every kids yoga class. It is a great team-building activity and gives everyone a common goal to work toward. I love the confidence built when mastered.

I kept this in mind when I created the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards, I purposely incorporated partner poses for some of the yoga challenge poses. The partner poses are built on progression and gives the children a goal to work toward.

Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards
Kids love to try the partner poses included in our Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards

How to Teach Partner Yoga Poses to Kids

  • 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. I sometimes have the pair come up with a team name together. That builds community and teamwork for sure!
  • 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 each group demonstrate their pose. Kids love to show off the poses with their partners.

see saw pose
See Saw Partner Pose

Kids Yoga Partner Class Lesson Plan

  1. First, have the students get into pairs. It is helpful to have a partner of similar size, but not necessary. Modifications can be made for any of the partner poses.
  2. Have the partner pair get to know one another (if they don’t already) and think up a Team Name. They love doing this. Refer to their team name throughout class. They LOVE this and it will absolutely motivate them.
  3. Explain to the students that they will be working through a series of partner poses. Talk about how being safe is the number one priority and how they need to look out for their teammate.
  4. l used the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards for this kids yoga class because these yoga cards include leveled partner poses. It is important to begin with the easier “one-starred” levels and work your way up to level 5. 5.
The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards

5. I began with See Saw Partner Pose and showed the students an example pose card. This Partner Pose is perfect to begin with because it warms up your legs and allows the children to work together. I invited a pair to come and demonstrate it to the group. I had them model how you begin slowly in a see-saw fashion. Legs can be made into a diamond shape or bent if you have some children that are taller or different heights.

6. I allowed a few moments for the children to practice this first partner pose before moving on to the next pose with the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards. Each time, have a pair model the partner pose as you explain to the students about how to safely get in and out of it. You could also use the Kids Yoga Challenge App for pose visuals, but keep in mind that the poses are randomized for fun with the app.

kids yoga app
The Kids Yoga Challenge App

7. Toward the end of class, I had a few Group Yoga Poses so that the whole class could have the opportunity to work together. This can be done by playing Yoga ShapesWind in the Trees Yoga GameGroup Trees, or Yoga Knot.

kid friendly partner yoga poses
Kid Friendly Partner Yoga Poses
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Kids Yoga Lesson Plan Books

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Family Fun with Yoga Poses & Mindfulness

Yoga Pose Bingo is a fun and active game for all ages.  This game is an engaging and easy way to introduce and teach children a variety of yoga poses.

It is a perfect way to help kids learn and practice poses while moving their bodies in good and healthy ways.

Yoga Pose Bingo is perfect for large and small groups of all ages.

Your Yoga Pose Bingo Game Includes:

  • 10 Unique Full-Sized Colorful Bingo Cards
  • Directions on How to Play
  • 40 Different Yoga Poses
  • Multicultural & Diverse
  • 1 Caller Card
  • Downloadable Game for Immediate Play

 Perfect for school, home, camps, clubs, and parties.

Ages 3-Adult

Yoga Pose Bingo Tip:

To ensure all the players are active and engaged, I like to put the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards or the accompanying caller card into a fun colorful gift bag to draw from.

After a card is drawn, the kids that have that yoga pose then mark it on their card.

The players then practice making that yoga pose. When someone gets Bingo,  the winner shows the 4 winning yoga poses in a sequence, The kids love flowing their winning yoga poses.

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Kids Yoga Podcast with Go Go Yoga for Kids

Kids Yoga Podcast with Go Go Yoga for Kids

This week The Kids Yoga Podcast is joined by Sara Weis, Founder of Go Go Yoga for Kids. They discuss how a running injury led Sara to yoga and how she became inspired to teach kids yoga and start her own company.

Sara shares how her perspective as a mother and teacher gave her further inspiration to author Go Go Yoga for Kids books, The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards, and the Kids Yoga Challenge App. Sara has taught thousands of children and led teacher trainings for adults. Listen in now for some inspiration!

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Why You Should Teach Yoga to Kids

# 1. Kids Need Yoga Now

Our world is changing, and our kids face different challenges and commitments then they have in the past. There are many demands on kids’ time and pressure to do well at what they are involved in. This includes school, family, friends, sports, quickly changing technology, and other interests. That leaves us with kids who have a lot going on as they try to figure out a way to balance it all.

Not only that, but we know that our world has changed with the pandemic. It is important to continue to help continue to connect with one another (online or in person) as well as teaching them the yoga and mindfulness tools that can carry them into adulthood.

Kids need to learn how to responsibly handle the world we live in.  Yoga and mindfulness are skill that can benefit all kids no matter what activities they are involved in or what their interests and abilities are. Yoga meets everyone at any stage and provides incredible extrinsic and intrinsic benefits. Discover the Super 7 Benefits of Yoga for Children here. 

Kids that practice yoga are getting stronger mentally and physically. They are healthy, strong, and more confident. Not only this, but it can help them in school, in their extracurricular activities and absolutely in their day to day lives.

#2 It is Easier to Teach Yoga to Children Now More Than Ever

When I first started teaching yoga to children there were not a lot of resources available about the best ways to teach children yoga.   Since children learn and respond differently than adults I knew yoga had to be taught differently than in adult classes. Discover 3 Things You Didn’t Know About Teaching Yoga to Children here.

kids yoga class
Our growing and changing world has helped us rethink how to can best teach yoga and mindfulness to children.

I used my background in Early Childhood and my Master’s Degree in Education as I reviewed and researched child development and the best ways that children learn. I had to figure it out and spent hours and hours researching, writing kids yoga lesson plans, trying them out with kids, and modifying to know exactly what works for teaching yoga to children.

I wanted these kids yoga lesson plans and classes to be engaging, beneficial, and memorable for kids.

Go Go Yoga for Kids prides itself on making yoga for children doable and FUN for the kids AND you to teach. I want you to succeed in teaching yoga to children. 

I am excited to share 20+ years of teaching kids compiled for you into our popular online Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Training.  I spent years figuring out what works and what doesn’t work for teaching kids yoga. I researched, tried, and tested during hundreds of kids yoga classes until I figured out what really worked! Stop wasting your time trying to piece random things into something that works.

I want to make this easy for you. I want you to be able to completely go into any kids environment (studios, camps, clubs, classes, at home) and confidently introduce children to yoga. I know you can give those children quality and inspiring classes. It is so exciting and truly makes such a positive difference.

#3 It is About Making a Difference

Kids yoga training

There is nothing like seeing the kids faces full of contentment at the end of Savasana (Discover how to easily get children into Savasana here). It is also about watching the kids master a pose after working on it for weeks. It is about seeing a child take a few deep breaths before starting a test or before a soccer game. These kids are in tune with what their bodies need and that is so important. It is all about giving children the tools that they will have for life. 

Our online Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Training will help with this. You can make a difference.  I will show you exactly how to do this every step of the way.

Want to learn more about how to develop age appropriate content and resources to teach yoga to children? Check out my Facebook Live Interview here with the step by step process!

kids yoga app
The Kids Yoga Challenge App includes 40 yoga poses, partner poses, mindfulness affirmations, and games & activities.

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How to Teach Yoga Online

How to Teach Yoga Online

Are you ready to learn how to teach yoga online?

  • Maybe you are you a Kids Yoga Teacher who has had to pivot to online classes.
  • Perhaps you are  wanting to get started teaching yoga to children online?
  • Are you looking for ways to connect with your students and keep them engaged and learning while being online.
If you don’t want to limit your class to those that expressed interest through email, you can also go Live with Youtube, Instagram and Facebook. 

There are benefits to both a scheduled meeting or going Live. The most important thing is that you are sharing the fun and joy of yoga to children!

Quick Start To How to Teach Yoga Online

Using Zoom is an easy way to teach online. Many people have become more comfortable with Zoom in the last few months. Below is a quick overview on how to get started.

  • Set up a Zoom meeting. You can create an account for free.
  • Schedule a meeting (day & time)
  • Copy the invitation
  • Send the invitation to people in an email. They will be able to easily click on the link and join the meeting at your scheduled time.

Tips for Good Creating Good Videos

  • Make sure that you have good lighting (natural light works well!)
  • Clear the area around you. A cluttered area will be distracting for your students.
  • Be Audible. I have my Blue Yeti Microphone  that I plug into my laptop. You do not need to have that, but it is important to speak clearly.
  • I have my favorite  JBL USB Speaker  JBL USB Speaker to use for music. This inexpensive little gem is one of my favorite things to use when teaching kids yoga!

Be sure that you are closer to the microphone then the speaker. It is more important that the kids hear you as opposed to the music.

Teaching Yoga Online to Children Tips

Find out our Favorite Read-Aloud Books to use in Teaching Yoga to Children.

Our bestselling Go Go Yoga for Kids: Lesson Plans for Children includes dozens of good read aloud stories with yoga poses.

Breathing deeply with purpose during yoga lets you hold the pose longer. However breathing excercises for kids need to look a little different

Go Go Yoga for Kids:Yoga Lessons for Children

The Go Go Yoga for Kids resources are invaluable when I teach online! The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards are very helpful for my online classes because you can easily show them to the kids.

They can see up close the pose and what it looks like before they actually do it. I will make a sequence for a yoga flow and show them each pose with the cards before we do the flow.

With the lesson plans books, I can pick and choose what I want to use online for my kids yoga classes.

I like to use some of the ways suggested in how to incorporate using a storybook in the class. I find books that we can do yoga poses with them.

As I read the book, I show the pose card, and then we do the pose. I even used the mindfulness project and showed them step by step on how to make a mindfulness jar. (Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children).

Mary K.

Kids Yoga Teacher