It’s been a while since my last post, I come back now as a ghost.
Just in time for Halloween, in different costumes you have seen.
For a time I pondered why, I drew poses for kids to try.
Julia gave me the answer one day, yoga is just a great way to play.
Breathing, moving, and, having fun, It feels better than going for a run.
It can be done by any child, to center and calm the side that’s wild.
Differently abled, short or tall, we all win in yoga, big and small.
This month of June, 2013, we have a super moon upon us, on June 23rd. From what I understand, this means that the moon will be very close to earth, relative to other full moons observed this year. Here in Lake Tahoe, California, we love to paddle board, so, this month we have a, stand up paddleboard yoga sequence, that you can do under the light of this June super moon, for those who don’t mind getting a bit wet once in a while*!
First we start off in butterfly (to read more on how to see gallery of coloring pages), feet together, knees to the side, spine straight, shoulders rolled back, loosen your heart and smile for a few moments, center and listen to the sound of the water rippling against the paddleboard. Once centered, and thankful for yoga time, move onto hands and knees for some balancing fun. Take some time, with torso extended, grounding through the lower legs, hips over knees, shoulders over hands, arms extended, in table (see mini sequences in gallery), find your balance, breath, before doing some cat and cow stretching. Hiss… Moo….
One of the biggest smile generators in the kids yoga classes I run, are games. Kids love playing games! After a long day at school, a fun moving game is often necessary to help “shake the ants out of their pants” from sitting most of the day. Games can be non competitive, or, the competitive aspect of a game can be de emphasized by focusing on other rewards, in yoga. One of the greatest things about this gentle practice is that each child leaves the class feeling as though they have “won”. Most adults experience this too, and, usually identify it as one of the greatest benefits of yoga. So, after centering my class with a criss cross applesauce and a “hello and how are you feeling” circle, I like to play a game. The following are 3 of my favorites; freeze pose, yoga story sequence chain and musical mats. There is a brief explanation of each game and some print outs to help you with equipment needed. These games are suggestions on how to use the Kids Yoga 100 Coloring Book, and can also be found on the Kids Yoga 100, Games tab, of this site, as suggestions on how to use the coloring book.
Monday, July 30th from 10am to 11am there will be a donation based toddler/childrens yoga class at The Studio Lake Tahoe, located at 1089 Magua St, in Meyers, CA, 96150.
During the class we will talk a bit about kids yoga, play a game and then we will do the “Yoga Safari” sequence, before we finish with a story. Any donations go to the El Dorado Food Bank, please donate online directly to the Food Bank before or after the class also. The class is being held courtesy of, and at, The Studio Lake Tahoe.
Please email me if you have any questions about the class, Parents should accompany their 2 to 5 year old child and be prepared to stretch and move also. I look forward to seeing you there.
I just recently started teaching preschool yoga classes (children ages 3 to 5 years) and toddler yoga classes (children ages crawling/toddling to 3 years) at The Studio Lake Tahoe. Getting kids to move and work on their balance and breathing in fun and creative ways is critical in these foundational years. At the below link is a 13 page pdf sequence for toddlers and preschool aged children I call Yoga Safari. I have been working on visuals for my classes and this is a little summary.
One Legged Dog
Here’s a little sequence I’ve been working on with the kids of the Bijou Yoga Club and also those who attend my class at The Studio Lake Tahoe. I call this sequence Strong Focused Warrior because it starts off building some heat moving from Child and Down Dog into the Warriors and finishes with some balance postures, which tend to really help with focus. Each position should be held for a couple of breathing cycles and the sequence should be done once on one leg and another time on the other leg with some fun frog hops to break it up every once in a while. Because it is designed for kids grades Kindergarten to Grade 2, I like to add a little storyline while I teach this one to cultivate some creativity. Have fun yogaing and coloring with your kids!!
Tips: I find it prints best if you download as a pdf first.