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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

Kids Yoga Obstacle Course

Kids Yoga Obstacle Course

I love creating new games to use in my kids yoga classes. Kids naturally love to play games and they are a good way to get them moving. Games also lead to laughter and fun which helps build community and friendships.  Yoga Games such as the Kids Yoga Obstacle Course are also the perfect way to practice all of the fun yoga poses that the kids have been learning.

How to Create a Kids Yoga Obstacle Course:

Kids LOVE obstacle courses and this is one of my favorite ways to get kids moving in healthy and good ways. This is exactly what kids need as their school days involve a lot of sitting as well as the national increase of video games and screens.

Every kids yoga class that I teach follows the Go Go Yoga for Kids Lesson Plan Format. This lesson plan framework ensures that kids are getting exactly what they need with breathing exercises, poses, movement, teamwork, mindfulness and more.

Select 4-5 poses that you want to introduce to children. I use the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards as visuals for the poses. I will place the selected cards into a colorful gift bag and allow the students one at a time to draw out a pose to learn. After the yoga poses have been introduced and practiced, it is the perfect time to begin The Yoga Obstacle Course!

Be creative with this! Please do not go out and buy anything. Use whatever objects you have available to make an obstacle course.

Obstacle Course Prop Examples
  • Hula hoops laid on the ground to do high knees through
  • Jump ropes laid parallel so kids can jump across them like a river
  • Cones to jump over or hop to
  • Yoga blocks for stepping stones
  • Yoga mats placed end to end for bear walks, log rolls, frog hops, etc.

The ideas are endless for using creating different obstacles and I do like to change it up to keep things fresh and fun.

Place the objects in a large circle. Between each obstacle I place a yoga mat and a Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Card.

breathing exercises

Get Ready to Go!

First, I demonstrate how to go through the obstacle course.  I make a big show out of hopping through the “rings of fire,” (hula hoops) or carefully crossing over the “icy river on blocks of ice” (yoga blocks).

Kids are completely mesmorized as they watch you carefully navigate through the obstacle course. Be sure to pause after each obstacle to hold the pose on the yoga pose card.

Next, I put on some fun music and it is the kids turn to move around the obstacle course and perform the yoga poses that are shown on cards.  They love this and would do it forever if allowed. I recommend not letting the obstacle course go on “forever” as you want to keep things fresh and fun. Learn more Secrets to Teaching Yoga to Children here.

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Literacy Night with Kids Yoga

Literacy Night with Kids Yoga

One of my favorite things to do is to visit schools and introduce yoga to the students. Recently I was invited to a nearby city’s elementary school for their Literacy Night. This included the students coming back to school in the evening, with their parents and in their pj’s. How cute and fun!

The kids got to visit an author in different stations, learn about their books, and do an activity. Go Go Yoga for Kids was thrilled to be a part of Literacy Night! It includes three of my favorite things; kids, books and yoga!

yoga in school

I had six different groups come through of all varying sizes and ages. I had planned for this so knew that my yoga activities would be good for large sized groups and for varying ages.

Spring had just sprouted in our area and the children were excited about the upcoming Easter Holiday so I made sure that our yoga poses and games were theme related.

First I read aloud one of my favorite bunny books, The Very Bad Bunny. Children are memorized with this story of a bunny that tries to be good, but makes some mistakes. His family is upset with him until they realized what a bad bunny truly is.

yoga in school

Spring Poses That We Learned and Practiced:

  • Tree Pose
  • Bunny (Chair Pose)
  • Flower (Lotus Pose)
  • Bird (Warrior 3)\
  • Boat Pose
  • Raindrop Pose (Partner Poses)
Boat Pose

I had each of these pose names placed in an Easter Egg. I called on individual children to draw out the egg and read the pose. I then showed the pose visual using The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards and we practiced the pose.

yoga in school

Each session lasted about 20 minutes which was just the right amount of time to introduce yoga to children in some fun and engaging ways.

Airplane Pose

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