I love using books as inspiration for planning kids yoga classes. One of Harlem's many favorite books is Mighty Mighty Construction Site, the sequel to Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. In this yoga class we do corresponding yoga poses for each page. I had so much fun making up yoga poses for each of the construction vehicles.
Here is a mindfulness exercise you can try with your kids, loved ones, or on your own, using the sense of taste. Simply pause and reflect on your food of choice. Notice how it looks, how it feels, how it smells. Then take some time to think about all the things that happened in order for your food to arrive in your possession. Thank the earth and people who helped to create your food. Then take a bite. Observe the taste slowly. This short and easy exercise increases gratitude and mindfulness....
Harlem loves dinosaurs so I made this yoga session into a dinosaur lesson: warrior 1 for T-Rex, warrior 2 for Brachiosaurus, and triangle for triceratops. When I taught this class to older children, I also did a sun salutation flow with the poses, matching breath to movement. This was a little advanced for Harlem, so I filmed it without his participation. Though as you'll see in the video, he stuck by close.
In my spring themed kids yoga class, I use the book My Garden by Kevin Henkes to inspire imagination and movement. My classes are usually 30-45 minutes, so this is an abbreviated version of what I taught to larger groups.
In April we celebrated Harlem's 3rd birthday! He requested a Little Einstein's themed birthday, which is his favorite show despite the fact that it stopped running in 2009 and none of his peers watches it. We had the party with friends and family at Hap Magee Ranch Park in Danville on a sunny Saturday morning.