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Heart Yoga is February 2014 fmy Kids Yoga Coloring Sequence

Criss Cross ApplesauceThis February do some yoga for the good of your heart, and, criss cross applesauce is where this sequence will start!

With a few opening breathes and a some tuning in too, we’ll spend a few minutes here, before we move on to pose number two.

The second asana in our sequence, we move our head down into child’s pose, head on the mat, breathing in and out slowly, through our nose.

After some calming in child’s pose or mouse, we lie flat on our mat, we clasp our hands behind our back, and, raise our chest in shark, just like that!

Then we move up to all four paws for cat and cow, breathing slowly, we try a little cat balancing, lifting the opposite arm and leg,  and, reaching them wholy.

From cat balance, move up to star, standing and stretching all five points, before bending the arms and legs to goddess, for a few breathes to exercise joints.Triangle

We tip over to make a triangle, reaching one arm up high and one arm to the floor, and, then we try star, goddess, and, triangle on the other side, doing this once more.

While standing we move to balances, starting with mountain pose. Taking a few long breathes in and out through the nose.

After mountain we move to tree, rooting one foot in the ground, we turn into an eagle after a few slow breathes, focused, with no sound.

We try mountain, then tree and eagle once more balancing on the other side, before we lie down on the mat to do candlestick pose safely  with legs up, and, together, not wide. Continue reading

Snow Yoga – 15 Minutes Animated Kids Yoga Sequence

Here’s the latest and greatest, Snow Yoga, a 15 minute short video for kids who love to ski and snowboard, like my son Charlie. I’m having so much fun putting everything together in these videos.

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November Coloring Sequence: Snow Sport Yoga

TobogganYoga is a fun way to offer kids extra strength, flexibility, and, focus to complement their activities in the snow and on the mountain this winter. Below are this November 2013 full moon’s 15 coloring pages, with a focus on snow sport preparation. My son is now 7, and, skiing in freestyle competitions again this winter, my daughter is starting her second year of ski school this year. We are a mountain family, so this is very relevant yoga for us, I try to keep it fun and engaging for them (and me).   Make some space, be safe and breathe. Quotes, where possible, are from the Kids Yoga 100. Thanks for your support.

Being on the mountain and engaging in snow sports obviously requires a lot of leg strength. Snow sports also benefit from good hip and knee flexibility, core and upper body strength, and, increased focus, that yoga offers the student. Providing a short,and, simple yoga warm up can help prepare the body, and, mind, for snow sport fun, and, safety.Chair

This coloring sequence is in a specific order because it is important to warm up your core, for success in leg strength, and, balance poses. First, we tune in in  Lotus pose, maybe do a few balloon breathes, and, washing machine twists. Then we move to the belly for toboggan (pictured above in color) followed by mouse, and down dog. We  calm ourselves in forward fold, then take a seat in chair pose. We rise to strengthen the legs in goddess and warrior II poses before engaging our focus in mountain, tree and eagle poses. After the leg strength and balance exercises, we lie down for a gentle back and knee stretch in rock,  bridge, and, seated forward twisting fold, before finishing with a nice rest in log . The cartoon short yoga video is due to be released just before thanksgiving (next week here in the US) This sequence will include a lot more movers and will be a great complement to the coloring sheets. Continue reading

October 2013 Full Moon Sequence is: Halloween Yoga!

CatIt’s Halloween Yoga!!

This moon there will be many tricks, and, the treat is the great feeling you leave with once you are done this halloween themed kids yoga sequence. For the uninterrupted slide show, please visit the “color” tab. We will be trying on all the different yoga costumes, parading the streets as a zombies, and flying like bats to a graveyard where we will finish as corpse’s! Make space, be safe, and, breathe.

First, start off in hairy gorilla costumes, breathing, Have a seat with your kids and take a moment to say hello, see how everyone is feeling, and, center. Once you have chimed in, ask them  to bring the feet into criss cross, or, soles together, and, take hold of the ankles. You are a pack of hairy gorillas, breathing in, making a grunting sound, and, bringing the chest up and forward, rolling the shoulders back. On the out breath, the opposite movement. Releasing the breath through a long neck, and, hiding the chest behind shoulders rolled forward. Repeating this movement and breathe mindfully until hips are loose, everyone is energized, you can also wave the arms in the air, tap the chest with hands, and, a screech, for added gorilla fun. Gorilla

After some quality time breathing in gorilla suits, start prowling the streets as cats and cows. Ask the children to come to hands and knees (& lower legs) for this great torso and spine loosening mini sequence. Cat and cow are also great for breathing, moving and making noise, getting kids interested in the sequence. Set the scene, you are on your hands and knees,  as cats and cows, looking for treats!  Continue reading

Classroom Yoga is the September 2013 fullmoonyoga Coloring Sequence

TreeThis moon’s sequence, September 19th 2013, at 4am, is for back to schoolers. Going back to school is exciting, fun, and sometimes produces anxiety in children. Adjusting from being outside, under the long, summer sun, to being inside more, during fall’s diminishing light, is a challenging change for everyone, and, yoga can help.

This sequence is short and sweet, it works on countering the effects of sitting, and can also be calming and focusing.  This moon, we have 15 poses to color, with 2 minis and 1 partner pose. I would suggest it as a 20 to 25 minute yoga recess to re center your class and “reboot” the students energy. Check back in early October for the color, smartboard version of this sequence.Down Dog

Again this moon, I am using, The Kids Yoga 100, quotes on how to for each slide (where applicable), which can be found on amazon and at my publishers shop.

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August 20th, 2013, fullmoonyoga Color Sequence: Safari Yoga!

LionThis August 2013’s coloring sequence is a Safari Yoga Sequence. Safari Yoga, is also a preview of an up and coming ebook, due to be released in the fall of 2013. There are 15 individual poses, 2 mini sequences and 1 partner pose, all updated in the coloring gallery for August 2013 full moon theme, Safari Yoga!

Our safari yoga sequence starts off with some Gorilla Breathing. Sitting with legs crossed, or, feet in Butterfly position, hold onto the ankles and as you inhale, bring your chest forward, and roll the hips back. Grunt as you exhale, hide your heart and rock your hips  forward.  Do this several times after centering and welcoming the class, and before moving to your belly for Alligator pose, a great core and back strengthener! (Detailed quotes from the Kids Yoga 100, on ” how to” can be found on each gallery slide)

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July 22nd, 2013, fullmoonyoga Coloring Sequence: A Hike in the Forest!

Criss Cross ApplesauceThis month’s coloring sequence is, “A Hike in the Forest” includes 17 individual coloring poses, 3 mini sequences and 1 partner pose. (Please note, the coloring gallery has also been updated for the sheets below). The quotes on the gallery/print off for each slide are from my book,  the Kids Yoga 100: An Interactive Coloring Book for Children and the Adults in their lives. To sun the sequence up briefly, this July full moon, first off, we will center ourselves in criss cross applesauce, breathing, perhaps doing some shoulder and neck rolls (head down, chin draws a half circle from shoulder to shoulder on chest), and a few “Oms”,for lung stretching and warm up (we also finish in this pose).  After criss cross, we calm ourselves, in mouse pose, with the head on the mat and paws stretched out in front, loosening the shoulders and stretching the arms, legs bent and tucked under the torso.  Once calm and feeling good in mouse, press four paws into the mat and raise the hips in the opposite direction, for downward dog. Give a few good howls while exhaling, after inhaling deeply, before raising your leg, to one leg dog. See more detailed “how to” on each gallery slide and …. don’t forget one leg dog on the  other leg, before hopping along the hiking path, in the forest, like a frog… Continue reading