Wondering how to get started teaching or engaging in yoga with your child?
Follow these simple steps from my friends at Freedom Genesis:
- Set your intention
- Make a plan
- Engage and connect to create a tempo
- Be compassionate
- Add some fun
- Gear-up with your listening skills
- Grow and learn as a teacher
Top 5 Tips for Playing With Purpose During Yoga:1. Pair a book with yoga. This is a great way to incorporate multi-sensory learning, which helps solidify teachings in a child’s brain. In her book “Go Go Yoga For Kids: a Complete Guide to Yoga with Kids,” author Sara Weis provides step-by-step lesson plans for incorporating yoga into reading family favorites. My favorite lesson is from a book I hold dear: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.” This lesson targets vocabulary (i.e., the names of the animals) as each animal in the book is paired with a yoga pose. With each animal in the book, pause and practice the pose with your child. During this practice, you will provide verbal repetitions of the animal names. Reading the book, to demonstrating the pose, to talking about what you are doing and narrating your child’s actions, to praising the child for their hard work, you have endless opportunities to teach vocabulary and connect. Click here for ideas on using the book “Jenny’s Winter Walk.”
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