If you're interested in yoga and mindful movement for children and teens, check out Go Go Yoga For Kids: A Complete Guide to Yoga with Kids by Sara J. Weis, an elementary school teacher and certified yoga instructor.
The activities are kid-tested for fun and safety, and there's also advice on how to professionally teach yoga to children, as well as tips for parents and classroom teachers on incorporating mindfulness and yoga into kids' daily routines.
A Complete Guide to Yoga for Kids clearly explains how to teach different ages of kids (3-6; 7-11; and tweens and teens):
- sun salutations,
- a variety of asanas (yoga poses), with both traditional and kid-friendly names,
- active movement exercises,
- yoga games,
- partner poses, and
- group challenges.
Ms. Weis has also created a set of colorful Yoga Challenge pose cards which can be used on their own or in conjunction with the book.
Other features of A Complete Guide to Yoga for Kids include:
- 15 themed lesson plans
- a blank lesson plan template with guidance on the order and types of activities to include;
- suggested children's books that tie in with the lessons;
- suggested music to use when teaching yoga to kids; and
- eight sample 'parent notes' that teachers can use to:
- describe the theme of the lesson;
- explain the poses kids learned, with stick figure illustrations; and
- suggest something specific to 'ask your child to show you' or 'ask your child to tell you about' what happened in yoga class that day.
Next week, I'll feature 'Jungle Yoga Adventure for Kids,' a sample lesson plan adapted from the book. You can also find more information and resources at GoGoYogaKids.com.
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