Kids Yoga Lesson Plans: Respect

A teacher and student play together in a parnter yoga pose doing cobra pose and Cat Cow

Respect is the Character Development theme for the month of September in our School Board. Respect means thoughtfulness, consideration, honor, admiration, regard, esteem.  All these words show what happens when there is respect.  But with kids you need to give them more than words, you need to give them an experience of Respect for them to understand it. The Roots of Respect: Start a class about respect discussing the roots of the word: “Re:” when “re” is in a word

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Kids Yoga for Disabilities

First off, take a look at this fun video of two Canadians, Rick Mercer (comedian/host) and Rick Hanson (Man in Motion hero/educator) blowing away all ideas of what one can and cannot do when one has a disability: Pretty Amazing, Eh! This Friday marks the beginning of the Paralympic Games  in Vancouver.   It’s another event that shows how ABLE all people are.  The first Paralympics Games were held in 1976 in Sweden and this Paralympics has  five sports: alpine skiing

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Olympic Kids Yoga and Valentine’s Day

Olympic Kids Yoga and Valentines Day

A Gold Medal Week for Kids Yoga Lesson Plan Themes Those who work with kids know it can be a challenge coming up with themes for kids yoga classes.  Often we turn to current events for ideas and this week we’ve hit the jackpot! Not only are the Olympics happening, but it is Valentine’s Day too. The Olympics are pretty easy to connect with yoga poses.  You can ask the kids about their favorite Olympic sports and how yoga could

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What Else Kid’s Want – A Get Acquainted Game

A Yoga Game:  What Do You Want Under the Tree? I’m extending Christmas just a little longer to play a game with you. Imagine if for Christmas we could ask for presents, but we could also ask for other things, things that are less tangible.  What if we could ask for a virtue or a quality from Santa?  What if we could wake up and find happiness, faith, or love under the tree?  What would kids ask for then?  What

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Kids Pick their Favorite Yoga Poses

Mountain Pose a Surprising Favorite for Boys One of my favorite activities for the last class of a kids’ yoga series is to have a “Yoga Party.” It’s a great way to review all the fun yoga we’ve done through the session. Children like to show you what they know. I often hear, “look at me,” “look at this,” “Can I show you something.” Kid’s want to be recognized just like we all do. A Yoga Party is a great

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Kids Need a Place to be Creative

Creative Movement in Yoga Class This week’s story about teaching kids yoga is from a 30 minute daycare class I teach to a junior school-age group (ages 5 – 7 years old).  This class has an even mix of boys and girls. A few of the children also play other sports and are very active and there are a few children who don’t exercise much.  So it’s a typical school class nowadays. Kids Yoga Teachers Get to Know the Personality

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March Break Kids Yoga

The Dead Body Test in Corpse Pose Take Yoga From March Break To Summer In Toronto, Canada, where I live, we’re getting close to March break where kids and teachers get the week off school. It’s a one week break and then everyone comes back for another ten or twelve weeks until summer holidays when school closes for most of June, and all of July and August. During March Break school closes down and the daycares get busy. I often

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