Children’s Yoga Teaching Tips

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1.  When teaching children yoga, be friendly and firm.  In the words of the Dog Whisperer:  You are the Calm, Assertive, Pack Leader.

2.  When doing a yoga posture or exercise, children will breathe unconsciously no matter how much to tell them to breathe.  To encourage conscious breathing say something like, “Breathe so you can hear yourself and only yourself breathing”, or “Let’s take five big breaths together, inhale/exhale one, inhale/exhale two….”

3.  Story yoga works best when you remember the “glue”that holds it together: 1. step-by-step instructions, 2. Breath co-ordinated with yoga movement (ex. “breathe in as arms go up, breathe out down”).  3.  To ease transtions and encourage focus, end each pose/exercise with “Breathe in…(pause)…breathe out, and relax.'”

4.  Let most of the chatter go by, and keep teaching.  If there is a group restlessness, bring more large motor movement into the mix (ex. frog hops, monkey jumps for younger ones, downdog to plank and back for older ones.)

5.  Routine brings security. New material brings fresh interest. Use a combination of both in your class planning.  More routine from 2-6, more variety for 7 and up.

By | 2016-12-28T21:22:06+00:00 January 17th, 2011|Children's Yoga, meditation, school yoga|0 Comments

About the Author:

Shakta is an AMS certified Montessori teacher, and the author of five well-known Yoga books, CDs and DVDs. Her latest book, The Yoga Way to Radiance: How to Follow Your Inner Guidance and Nurture Children to do the Same, is scheduled for release in summer of 2016, (Llewellyn Worldwide)   Visit Shakta's Writing and Poetry Site

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