Halloween is one of my very favorite times of year. I love it as a parent and as a kids’ yoga teacher. There are so many ways to combine yoga and mindfulness with celebrations and fun, especially through movement and stories. Let’s get into the Halloween spirit and enjoy the kid’s yoga poses, then!
Yoga nidra, in other words yogic sleep is an ancient technique from India. It is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping in which the body is completely relaxed. In other words, it is the practice of guiding your entire body and mind into complete relaxation. As it helps relieve stress, it has now spread worldwide. It is a simple practice because it is taught lying down, guided by a teacher. It is also appropriate for kids of all ages.
The world is populated by some dragons who care nothing for how much they mess up the oceans, chop down the trees, gobble up all the food and use everything up without stopping to think. They need to wake up to what they are doing to their world before all the wildlife is gone.
If you would like to promote environmental awareness in your kids’ yoga classes, this is a perfect story! The dragons learned how to play nice. Hope we do too! Enjoy this lovely eco-message book of dragons taking the place of humans with twenty-five kids’ yoga poses.
The Alphabet is one of the basics we all learn in school. And learning alphabet can be fun and active. So why not combine yoga with the alphabet! This Alphabet Yoga is a combination of animal yoga poses to make up something for every letter of the alphabet.
When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and on route they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help. Enjoy the story with twenty kids’ yoga poses!
Sun Salutation variation sitting on chair is a modified practice of the traditional Surya Namaskar. With both asymmetrical and symmetrical poses, this flow brings a gentle balance between both sides of the body. This flow is very beneficial for the arms and shoulders, neck, lower back, and chest. As the movements are simple and slow, it helps relax the nervous system. As the students spend long hours at the desk, this flow can be a quick way to relax the body and mind.
It is a lovely song with quite a lot of repetitions and kids love repetitive songs! Besides, all the poses are standing ones so that you can smoothly flow with the words of the song. Enjoy it!
Get ready for liftoff! Space Yoga Adventure is beginning in 5,4,3,2,1… Blast Off!
Enjoy the Space Yoga Warm-Up Song, 20 Space Yoga Poses with the stick figures and images from space!
It is the day that all baby penguins are going to learn to swim, but little Pip is afraid. Will Pip ever find the courage to soar beneath the waves with all the other penguins? Enjoy this lovely story with nineteen kids’ yoga poses.
I wanted to share with you some relaxation techniques that I use frequently. You can also practice these exercises throughout the day… when you need it in a moment of panic, anger, or sadness. It takes only 5-10 minutes.
1- Fingertip Massage
2- Four Breaths with Fingers
3- Stay Grounded
4- Breathe into your Belly and Repeat a Mantra
5- The 5 Senses
6- Be like Spaghetti