More About the Kids Yoga Crash Course

If you're reading this then you're thinking about doing our free one hour Kids Yoga Crash Course. Brilliant!

Just like you I'm passionate about the benefits of kids yoga. It promotes happiness, strength, balance, confidence, healthy sleep, improved digestion... The list goes on, which is why I want to empower as many people as possible, people just like you, to teach yoga to children.

Happy kids make happy adults

The things we love in childhood have a tendency to stick around. Introducing kids to yoga is great because they're much more likely to carry their learning into adulthood. I don't know about you but I reckon the world could do with a lot more healthy, happy adults.

You don't have to be a qualified yoga teacher to teach yoga to kids. You just need to practice yoga yourself and make sure you have all the relevant bits of paper if you're going to teach in schools. Check out our teacher training FAQ for more details.

Kids Yoga Crash Course with Jaime from Cosmic Kids Yoga

What's the Kids Yoga Crash Course all about then?

So, what will you learn about in our crash course? Well, split into three fun and engaging videos, the course takes you through the core principles of teaching kids yoga. Once completed you'll have a general understanding of how to develop and lead a class.

Here's a quick run-down of what's in each video:

1. Breathing life into the postures

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In just 30 minutes I'll take you through the key things you need to remember when teaching postures to kids. You can even download a free postures poster to help support you as you learn. Here are the basic points:

Teach basic yoga This helps to keep both you and the kids safe and injury free. It also helps build the children's confidence.

Keep your instructions simple Kids have short attention spans. And they generally don't speak Sanskrit. Forget technical language. Use sound effects. Be silly. Just have fun and keep it simple.

Give every pose a universe Bring your poses to life. Give them names and jobs, friends and places to live. Details like this will help you tell stories and stories will help to keep the kids attention all the way through your sessions.

Which brings us nicely onto...

2. The incredible power of story

Stories have been around since the dawn of time and kids absolutely love them. If you start telling kids a story they're going to want to know how it ends.

In this video I'll take you through a brilliant formula for telling compelling kids yoga stories. You can also download a free storyometer to help fire up your imagination.

Here are few things to consider when coming up with a story:

What's your message? What do you want your story to teach the children about themselves or the world?

Who's your hero or heroine? Pick an animal and give him/her a name. The kids are more likely to follow the story if they care about what happens its hero.

Who are their friends? Your main character is going to need some buddies. Pick a few other animals and give them names too.

What's the problem? You need a problem to solve to help drive home your message, like bullies in the playground or separation anxiety.

3. Using energy to hold attention

If you work with or have children then you know how short their attention spans can be. In this final video I share my top tips for holding their attention all the way through your class.

Sign up today!

So there we have it. One hour, three videos and a whole lot of learning for free. Why not sign up for our Kids Yoga Crash Course and start your journey today?

Or, if you want to go a step further and train for professional certification, our full online course, Getting Started in Kids Yoga, is ready whenever you are. Sign up today and get a 10% discount.

There's also a really helpful review of the Kids Yoga Crash Course, written by Jess.

Bye for now. Have fun!

Jaime X

Learning How to Teach Kids Yoga

These days it is easier than ever to learn how to teach kids yoga. Here is some information about the steps to becoming a teacher.

First, I recommend that you do a training course with a reputable provider, and get a grasp of these key elements:

Once you've done some training, the most important part of your learning will be your practice. It takes some time to become a really confident teacher, but you will get there in the end. Even if your classes are only to one or two children to begin with, you will start to get a feel for how the interaction in a class feels. You will learn how to keep the kids' attention, how to respond to their energy and how to keep things moving.

As you accumulate experience, you will become more comfortable as a teacher, and you can really enjoy offering the wonderful benefits of kids yoga to them.

These days it is possible to start your training online - which means you can learn from home at your own pace. We now offer an online course which is very popular. It is called Getting Started in Kids Yoga and is designed to:

The course builds towards your first kids yoga class. I equip you with the script of a great kids yoga story (Squish the Fish!) and coach you to lead it. This means you are ready to lead a kids yoga adventure as soon as you finish the course.

By the end of the course, you will know how to take kids aged 3-8 with you on a safe and inspiring yoga adventure - and you will have your first adventure ready-to-go!

There are certain areas of learning which are best done face to face. These days there are many face to face courses available. Please have a look here to learn about the workshops we have planned. There are of course many other excellent businesses who offer courses too. I recommend you do the research on this - and find a course you believe is right for you.

If you have any questions about learning, please get in touch!

How to Sequence Kids Yoga

When you practice yoga you are generally following a sequence - but what does this mean for kids yoga?

In an adult yoga class, whether you’re doing a set sequence like the Primary Series in Ashtanga or a teacher-choreographed one in vinyasa flow or power yoga, you are guided by your teacher through a range of yoga postures and end your class in Savasana (relaxation). Even if your teacher is only working on a few postures in the class, they will have thought through the order of those poses to make sure there is an arc to the session, taking you through some form of warm-up, strength building, balancing, twisting, opening, stretching and finally relaxing back into Savasana. The connecting factor throughout being the breath and mindful awareness in watching and observing what is happening  as you practice.

In Kids’ yoga we sequence the postures to fit within a story - this is a great way to sequence kids yoga!

The sequence of postures in a kids’ yoga class is often built into a story with each posture bringing an event or feature in the story to life. We warm up the kids as preparation for our adventure by ‘making a picnic’ (seated twists and forward bends) or by bringing out the sunshine with a ‘hello sun!’ (sun salutation). Thereafter the class, just like the arc of an adult class, will include more twists or forward bends as well as back bends, balance poses, hip openers, side stretches, strengthening poses, and core work before finishing in ‘relaxation’. All of these postures have to make sense in the context of the story so the kids follow it. Along the way we draw attention to our feelings and experiences to bring in the idea of noticing what's happening -  an introduction to mindfulness.

Have a look at our latest episode and see if you can see the sequencing in action - and the story!

How to do Savasana in Kids Yoga

I thought it might be helpful to share how I tend to do Savasana for the kids at the end of a yoga session. If anyone else has any ideas, please share!

It’s great to use the story you are telling to wind young yogis down into their relaxation, so that they are in a comfortable supine position by the time their story ends. For example, I might say:

'we tip toe back into our home and find our way up stairs into bed and lie down' or 'we get onto the back of a bird with lovely soft feathers, lying down as the bird spreads it wings and flies off into the sky, carrying us up into the air heading home full of the joy of our story'.

Then, invite the children to make themselves as comfortable as they can be - in a traditional savasana position, or makrasana (crocodile) on their front letting the backs of the hands be a pillow for the forehead, or on their side.

Speak in a calm, soft voice and slow down the pace. Suggest they allow their eyes to close, but if they don’t want to, of course this is fine too. I tend to say that I will keep my eyes open so it’s safe for them to close theirs. Once everyone is settled, invite the children to spend some time being kind to themselves. Explain that we can give ourselves a little gift of relaxation - and that this is what we are doing when we come to this resting position. This helps children take ownership of the relaxation. If we’re not careful, telling the kids to lie down and close their eyes can sound like a series of commands to them, so help them decide that they want to do it.

If we’re not careful, telling the kids to lie down and close their eyes can sound like a series of commands to them, so help them decide that they want to do it.

Optional props that help get everyone physically comfortable:

Hope this helps. Please post your own ideas and suggestions!

5 Yoga Postures Kids LOVE

Hello everyone! With kids yoga, I often think it's all about keeping the kids' attention. One great way to keep focus is to select poses which the kids love.

Keep the kids focused with poses they love to do.

Try these 5 poses to create laser-beam-like focus in class!:

1.Bunny Hops

Come to all fours, spread your hands wide and tuck your toes. Lift your knees so you’re in a little squat. Lean forward, keeping your arms straight and lightly hop both feet up together, maybe catching a little hang time at the top! Saying “Hoppity hoppity hop” with each bounce. Great for strengthening the core and masses of fun too.

2.Crabs

Sit on your bottom, knees bent, feet flat. Bring your hands behind you so your fingers point in towards your hips. Press into your feet and hands and lift your hips to the sky. Like a crab, walk side to side going “Digga Digga Digga Digga Digga OOO!” On the “OOO!” lift up and lengthen one leg like a crab playing football. Brilliant for building strength in the legs, core and arms.

3.Shark

Lie on your front, with your arms down by your sides. Reach your hands together and criss cross your fingers behind your back. Lift up your clasped arms making a shark fin and rock gently from side to side with a big toothy grin on your face! Wonderful lower back strengthening and shoulder opening.

4.Mermaid

Sit up on your knees and take your bottom down to the side of your feet, like you have a mermaids fish tail swished round to one side. Then sit up very tall with a beautiful long neck and place one hand behind you and the other hand on your knee. Look over your shoulder then back to the front to say in your very best mermaid accent “Ooo La La!” Repeat to the other side, swishing your tail around the other way. Mermaid is a super nourishing spine extension and stimulating twist.

5.Telephone

Sit up tall with your legs together and extended out in front of you. “BBbRrriiinnng BBbRrriiinnng, BBbRrriiinnng BBbRrriiinnng, That’s the telephone!” You exclaim. “Let’s answer it!” Taking hold of one of your feet, answer the phone by placing the sole of your foot to your ear, leaving your other leg extended out forward. “Hello…? Who?... Really…” Have fun inventing the conversation remembering to say a lovely goodbye as you pop the receiver down again (replacing the foot to it’s original extended position. Then would you believe it…“BBRrriiinnng BBRrriiinnng, BBRrriiinnng BBRrriiinnng, That’s the OTHER telephone!” You exclaim. “Let’s answer the other one!” Take the other foot this time, placing the sole to your ear again to speak and see who’s calling you!" Telephone is a fantastic hip opener!

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