Through my experience teaching Kindergarten – 4th graders yoga and sharing yoga with my two daughters, I feel like I now have a better understanding of how to share yoga with children. Yoga helps kids learn a nourishing and fun way to quiet their minds, exert excessive energy, connect with their bodies and breathe.
I’ve found that using animal and shape based naming conventions for the poses plus providing lots of opportunities for the kids to make sounds and giggle makes yoga more kid friendly. Meditation jars, singing bowls and bells are great props as well.
These 3 books are my favorite resources for ideas and providing visuals for the kiddos:
Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story by Mariam Gates (Author), Sara Jane Hinder (Illustrator) -> My 3.5 year old daughter loves reading this book. We practice the poses page by page. It’s marketed as a bedtime storybook but we use it anytime.
Yoga Pretzels (Yoga Cards) by Tara Guber (Author), Leah Kalish (Author), Sophie Fatus (Illustrator) -> These cards are great when teaching a group of kids, one-on-one or self-led sessions. Plus there are cards dedicated to breathing exercises and games.
Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children by Lisa Flynn -> A pretty comprehensive kids yoga book (adult audience) including a bit of yoga philosophy and lots of poses, games, breathwork and meditation.