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.
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.
Crab pose or reverse table-top can be challenging for young kids, but it's worth starting early so that they can build up their strength! Since making this video, Harlem has gotten much better at holding the pose and will spontaneously call out crab and lift himself up into it.
Downward facing dog comes pretty naturally to most kids and even babies. As you can see in this week’s video, Harlem can jump right into it. Here are some guidelines to help kids get into better alignment so that they can begin to strengthen and prepare to hold the pose for longer periods of time. Instructions: Start on hands on knees Plant the hands firmly into the floor and tuck the toes Straighten legs and lift the hips (booty) into the sky Straighten the arms Keep a nice flat back, no...