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In this blog post, we will give you 10 ideas for yoga classes that are perfect for youth during Spring Break.
Spring break, or March break as it’s called in my area, is a great time to get creative with your kids yoga classes. Not only are there a lot more of opportunities to teach, but you can also mix things up by trying out different themes, activities, and even a longer class duration.
Let’s get started!
Idea #1: Alphabet Yoga
We love the Yoga Alphabet best because it is great for kids of all ages. Those learning the alphabet can learn to identify letter and the sounds they make as they do yoga poses.
Readers can play word games like Yoga Wordle (see how here).
You can get a FREE poster of our Yoga Alphabet here.
Idea #2: Animal Yoga Theme
Kids love animals, and they will enjoy doing yoga poses inspired by their favorite creatures. In a week long camp, you can focus on one animal a day or mix it up by region or type, like Animals of the Arctic, Animals of Africa, or Zoo animals.
Idea #3: Yoga Breathing Theme with the Breathing Ball
The breathing ball is a great tool to help kids learn how to control their breath. Breathing exercises are an important part of yoga, and they can be very calming for kids (and adults!). Get some really useful Breathing Ball tips in this article.
Idea #4: Yoga Poses with Props
Using props in yoga poses is not only fun, but it can also help kids stay engaged in the poses for longer times. Some great props to use with kids are yoga balls that can be rolled or passes.
Yoga blocks or stuffies are also great for balancing, whether the children are balancing on them (walking across the yoga blocks like a balance beam) or the blocks and stuffies are balancing on the children in various poses. We explore this technique in the Mindfulness for Children Certificate.
Idea #5: Kids Yoga Crafts
A longer kids yoga class is the perfect opportunity to do some fun crafts afterwards.
You can make your own life size skeletons, glitter jars, balancing eagles, eye pillows or a craft that goes along with your theme. For example, if you did an animal yoga class, you could make animal masks or puppets afterwards.
Idea #6: Story Book Yoga
There are so many great yoga books that have poses on each pose. This makes for an easy lesson plan. Or you can take a story you like and add yoga poses to each part, getting inspiration from the theme or illustrations. Here’s an example with the Zen Story: The Empty Cup.
Idea #7: Kids Yoga Games
Games are always a fun way to keep kids engaged in class. There are lots of great kids yoga games that you can use, like the Scavenger Hunt, or these great activities to enhance your camps.
Idea #8: Yoga Sun Salutations
Sun salutations (Surya Namaskar) are a great way to start any yoga class. Sun Salutations for Kids are easier with music or with visual props like you get in the Inclusive Yoga Module with the Yoga Man vs. The Stressor coloring pages.
Idea #9: Partner Yoga Poses
Partner yoga is a great way to get kids working together and having fun. It’s also a good opportunity for kids to learn how to support each other. In my experience from 20 years of teaching children, partner yoga is great with children who are over 5 years old. Children under 5 are best partnered with an adult as you would in a family yoga class.
We cover more Partner Yoga ideas in our Yoga Literacy Training.
Idea #10: Relaxation Techniques for Children
Relaxation is an essential part of any yoga class, and kids need it just as much as adults.
While your relaxation time may involve some trouble shooting, there are lots of great techniques that you can use with kids. Some favorites include visualization, deep breathing, and progressive muscle relaxation.
Tips for Giving a Quote for your Kids Yoga Classes
To round it all off, we know you may be giving a quote for your kids yoga class.
Remember that March/Spring Break is a premium time and most teachers usually charge more for a one time class, and give a lower rate for a series of classes. Get some tips on what to charge here.
We hope these ideas have inspired you to create some amazing yoga classes for kids during March break!
The Certificate to Support Your Teaching
If you are looking for a Certificate to support your teaching, you are invited to check out the Young Yoga Masters training with our Yoga Alliance Registered School.
You’ll get tons of ideas and also earn your 96 Hour Certificate with our Yoga Alliance Registered Children’s Yoga School.