Incorporating themes into kids yoga practices makes their practice more fun and more relevant to their everyday lives. Winter provides plenty of opportunities to practice our yoga, breathing and meditation.
Getting creative with yoga poses is half the fun! Although I typically like to use the proper names for the poses, to connect to a theme, I'll change them up a bit. Some favorite poses for Winter are snow angel (corpse pose), sledding (staff pose), skiing (chair pose), and skating (Warrior III). Practice these poses with your kids to cover their favorite Winter activities while stretching their bodies. See if they can come up with some Winter themed yoga poses of their own!
After snow has freshly fallen, scoop up some snow in your palm, and practice blowing the snow! Encourage a deep breath in through the nose and a long blow out through the mouth. It is a beautiful site to see the snow blowing while also practicing breath control. Discuss how breathing the cold outside air might feel different than when we are inside!
An easy meditation to practice is with a snow globe! Shaking the snow globe and sitting to watch it settle until each last snow flake has fallen is a great meditation for the mind. The chaos of our minds settles and calms as we watch the chaotic snow storm settle down snowflake by snowflake. Explain that the snow storm is like our thoughts as it is shaken, and encourage a quiet still body while watching the snow flakes settle.
Embrace the cold and long days of Winter by incorporating yoga into everyday life. There are often little opportunities to teach elements of yoga to children, we just need to think a little outside the box.
yoga, food, family, and travel. these are what drive my life! as a stay at home mom of 2 little girls with an active yoga practice. i longed to find the perfect yoga class for my own children. i felt a calling to a kids yoga teacher training in early November, 2017 and answered the call. in 2018, i felt called towards a greater mission. teaching teens & adults. today, i am living my dream.