Kids Yoga sequence ideas for late winter, early spring, and spring
Warm and Cozy Kids Yoga Sequence
Spring Yoga Poses for Kids
Benefits of Kids Yoga all Year
Sun Salutation for Kids with Miss Lara
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Shifting Seasons - Time to change up your yoga practice
In the winter, its important to do a warming, awakening yoga practice to combat the cold lethargy of winter. When working with kids, we can weave these Ayurvedic principals into our classes without giving too many details. Something as simple as explaining that our bodies seek balance so we add warming practices during the cold season can provide all the context they need.
In the winter, you can start with sun salutations as a warming practice to help create alert, energized awareness for the children you support.
Though, it is important to offer a balanced class, so make sure to close classes with cooling relaxation practices, like our winter yoga sequence or time for me calming cards.
Spring can still be a chilly time. So you may want to offer something to warm up children's bodies while still keeping them calm. As a teacher, I often noticed that children started to get more antsy, fidgety, and excited as the seasons shifted. The sequence below is an alternative to sun salutation if you need something warming, yet grounding.
Cow pose- From your hands and knees, round your spine, lifting your belly up, arching toward the ceiling and you stretch your from your tailbone to the crown of your head toward the ground
Cat pose - From cow pose, inhale as you bring your tail, heart , chin, and gaze up toward the sky and your belly relaxes toward the ground.
Dog pose - From cat yoga pose, lengthen your spine into a flat table top, press into your hands firm as you can, and press your tail into the sky. Make your body long, relax your head, and feel your shoulders, hands, and feet support you. Option to rest in child's pose from here, or start again with cow pose.
Spring Yoga Poses for Kids
(These ones are featured in the spring yoga poses and lesson plan unit, too!)
Snake Pose (Cobra)
Mouse Pose (Child's pose)
Activity idea! Using only this poster, ask the children to teach each other this pose sequence! If you want help with creating a lesson plan, try the spring yoga sequence or year of yoga lesson plans.
When Spring Comes - Grab the classic book and enjoy the complementary story! Includes partner poses and more!
Benefits of Kids Yoga any time of the year
Children gain mind-body awareness and connection.
Children learn to understand cues from their bodies.
Movement is necessary for children to succeed and learn.
Tools to unlock concentration as the pressures of academia and external stimuli steal their focus.
Kids can learn to create a sanctuary inside themselves.