Thank you, Mindful Teachers, for your honest book review of Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children. Read an excerpt of their review below.
Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children (recommended book)
Sara Weis is a mother and elementary school teacher, as well as an experienced kids yoga instructor and teacher trainer. So she has a lot of useful suggestions for how to structure and pace a class while keeping kids safe and engaged.
But her biggest strength is as the creator of fun yoga-based activities. Her new book, Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children has dozens of games and activities: Yoga Bingo! Princesses and pirates! Not to mention the four seasons, birthdays, the Olympics, and trips to the farm and circus. (Although I suspect one of the most popular themes might turn out to be the “Quick-and-Easy No-Time-to-Plan Kids Yoga Lesson.”)
Other features of the book include:
a variety of breathing practices;
the best yoga poses for children;
three different versions of a template for planning your own lessons;
a dozen lessons based on read-aloud books, including I Am Yoga and I Am Peace by Susan Verde; and
Go Go Yoga for Kids loves all opportunities to bring yoga to children in fun and different ways. Toega is the perfect yoga game to play with all different ages.
What is Toega? It is yoga for your feet! Kids love this simple exercise and it is good for them as well. Feet are often scrunched up all day in shoes and socks, and Toega allows children to stretch their toes and build flexibility.
All you need are some colored pom pom balls and bare feet! It is fun and easy to play.
How to Play
Scatter the pom pom balls on the ground.
Try picking up the colored balls with your toes.
Then place the balls on your yoga mat or another flat surface.
When I play with Toega with kids, I like to change it up a little by having different challenges for the children. Sometimes I will challenge the older to kids to collect balls of the same color or size. Or I will have a time limit to see how many they can gather in 1 minute with their toes.
After the children have gathered up their pom pom balls, I like to bring a connection or close to the activity by having the children sort them in groups or “families”. I leave it open-ended and it is neat to see what they come up with for ideas. They will often sort by size and color, but once in a while I get an expected response and that is lots of fun.
By the way…I just LOVE my new Toega mat that I found here. It just makes it extra fun to play Toega.
If you are looking for how to become a yoga instructor and increase children’s mindfulness, self-confidence, stress management, and self-control, Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children provides all the tools and resources you will need. Parents, teachers, children’s yoga instructors, counselors, and health care professionals will find this guide introduces yoga to children at a whole new level.
Breathing exercises that can help kids become calm and relaxed
Over 150 fun and creative yoga games, activities, and challenges for all ages
Kids yoga lesson planning guides and templates
35 ready-to-use unique yoga lesson plans that engage kids from the start
The best yoga props and how to easily use them with children
Ways to build mindfulness through meditation and mantras
Yoga pose illustrations
Suggestions of read-aloud books and ways to incorporate yoga and movement
Quick and Easy No-Time-To-Plan Kids Yoga Lesson Plans
Downloadable yoga bingo cards
This book details everything in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format that will help you successfully teach yoga to kids of all ages. Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children is the resource you will need to inspire children in life-long healthy ways.
Are you ready to kick off 2018 by being a part of something fun? I am in the process of assembling a launch team for our new Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children book set to be released in early 2018!
I don’t want to give away too many details yet, but this is exactly the book that you have asked for. More kids yoga lesson plans, brand new yoga games, breathing exercises, ways to teach mindfulness with children plus much much more. Of course I included some surprises that I created with exactly you in mind. I can’t wait for you to get your hands on it!
Members of our launch team will receive a free preview copy of Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children, access to our members only facebook group, and the opportunity to leave feedback as this book is entering the final publishing stages. It will be so much fun to have you be a part of launching this hopefully repeat bestseller book.