Yoga with the Kiddos

Subbing a few classes at Beginning With Children Charter School today, I’m reminded of how versatile yoga is – and how incredibly difficult holding a disciplined class can be, especially when you’re a lowly sub, with no clue about names, school culture, or discipline tricks on the scene!  I thought teaching a few classes might fill me with child-like delight … instead, it filled me with gratitude.  Gratitude for my wonderful adult classes!  🙂

But we did have fun . . . once we got into the swing of things!

We performed kid-friendly versions of Sun Salutations – I had two (rather large) groups of 5-6 year olds and 9-12 year olds, so the approach had to be adjusted for coolness vs. fun factor.  “Hello Sun!  Hello Earth!  Hello Cobra!  Hello Child!  Hello Dog!”  The kids were so accustomed to this version, my trusty (if only for a few moments) assistants led the entire class.  And thank jah for that – my voice box just isn’t used to all the high volume instruction anymore.

(Now that I think of it, next time I teach a kids class, I’ll have to bring in this little pranayam gem from Sesame Street!)

We pretended to be water then raced across the room in tree and reverse table.  Until – aaaaaaahhhhh – we were set for some seated chillout time: lion breath, butterflies, toe touching, watching the breath, an imaginary walk on the beach, and a silence competition.  It may have been impossible to keep all the young ‘uns engaged at once, but the ones who were with us had a blast.

Here are a few great resources for kids yoga, in case you have a hankering to share some of your own . . .

From Anmol Mehta

From LiveStrong

Straight outta the UK (of course, these filmed sessions won’t help with discipline, but some great ideas all the same)

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