Our 30 Minute Kids Yoga Lesson Plan
Last weekend was the 6th year I’ve rented a booth at the Toronto Yoga Show. This is one of the few trade shows I participate in each year. It’s a good one for our business because it is busy and it is geared to Yoga.
Plus we get to showcase our Kids Yoga in the Yoga Garden for a 30 minute Class.
Objectives for the 30 min Kids Yoga Class
If you ever get the opportunity to teach a demo class at a conference or festival I hope you take the opportunity. I have taught this class for a few years now and it has helped build my confidence teaching larger groups.
The key is to come prepared. For this class I had 3 main objectives:
- Engage everyone in the class: Go with your favourite poses to teach and ones that you know people like! I chose:
– a warm up song and breathing activity
– 2 partner poses,
– and a relaxation
In past years we invited children onto the stage, and some kids come back because they really like this part. So we divided our class into a warm up with kids on stage and then partner poses after they return to their families.
- Promote some products at the booth: our second objective was to showcase our resources in action. This year we featured the Breathing Ball and an audio from Meditations for Growing Minds at the end. Then we gave out Yoga Stickers to the kids who participated.
- Promote the Kids Yoga Teacher Training: 3 grads of our training volunteered to teach the class. This gave them a unique opportunity to teach a large group and also let me brag about how wonderful and confident our grads are at teaching!
The Lesson Plan
We chose the theme Intuition for our class and how yoga can help you get to know your inner teacher to figure out what to do when you are not sure. Here was what we planned for our 30 minutes:
- 3 min: Aruna Welcomes and Introduce our high quality Kids Yoga Teacher Training and the Grads,
- 8 min: Marcia leads a Warm Up using the Weaving song by Wah! from the Child’s Play album and does some yoga breathing using the Breathing Ball,
- 7 min: Maggie leads partner boat pose. leaning back on hands, then joining hands, and singing row, row, row your boat,
- 7 min: Cyndi leads a Warrior 1, 2, and 3 sequence on each side and Warrior 3 touching hands with partner singing a song with the poses,
- 5 min: Aruna plays the “Castle of Clouds” track from Nicole’s Meditations for Growing Minds Album (3 min). Then thanks everyone for attending and invites people to come get our literature and talk to us at the booth.
What Actually Happened
If you’ve taught kids yoga classes, you probably know that 30 minutes can fly by! Our plan felt good and we all knew to try to stick within our allotted time. We were ready.
But the classes before us was not.
Somewhere, someone, somehow, went over time on their class. The time snowballed and we didn’t get to take the stage until 10 minutes into our allotted time.
Then we were on our own to figure out the mic equipment.
It wasn’t until 5 minutes into the class that I found the volume on the mic so people could hear the teacher.
So each of our teachers ended up losing almost half their time. Yet everyone handled it so gracefully. They cut back on their activities rather than trying to squish everything in and we had a jolly good time with the families.
We only went over 5 minutes.
Fortunately the teacher after us was so very gracious about it.
Lessons Learned from the 2019 Show
What are my 3 take-aways from the 2019 Festival Class?
- Support your local festivals and they will support you back. I’ve been part of this yoga show since its inception. Six years ago I took the plunge with registered for a booth for the Kids Yoga Teacher Training. Doing local festivals is a great way to get to know your community.
- Prepare for loose timing and fun: Starting and finishing classes on time is a challenge in studio and festivals alike. Be ready to change your lesson plan on the fly and figure out equipment on your own. But most important, have a good time!
- Surround Yourself with Talented People: At the show, someone asked me how I have manged to have a yoga business for 20 years. One big part is that I surround myself with people who are smart and talented. I stopped trying to do it all myself. I could teach a 30 minute class on my own but seeing our grads get this opportunity I felt so proud of their confidence, talent, and grace to go with the flow.
No matter what your lesson plan, when you bring your heart and soul to the event you are in for wonderful results.
Festival are an important step to creating a strong supportive community.
Special Thanks to Teachers:
- Maggie of Yoga with Maggie Toronto
- Cyndi of Young Yogis Toronto
- Nicole of New Age Teacher (TM) (Meditations for Growing Minds creator)
- Marcia of Yogi Frogz Kids
- (not shown) Claire of Ambassador Yoga Fast Track Program for Yoga Teachers to offer Teacher Training