Mindfulness has seen an uptick in schooling. The benefits range from increased ability to focus, higher achievement ratings, better control of emotions, and less aggression. Many homeschoolers will also want to reap the benefits of mindfulness with their kids. But where can they start? Try yoga for kids.
Yoga for kids can be a fun way of introducing young ones to the benefits of mindfulness. With so many YouTube videos with programs specifically designed for kids, teachers can easily introduce the moves and yoga practices. Sometimes students will meditate, and at other times, they will enjoy different yoga poses with a minimum of equipment – just a yoga mat.
Yoga for Younger Students
One very engaging yoga activity is an adventure called “Yoga Quest” offered by Cosmic Kids.
Kids are motivated by learning opportunities that capture their imagination. Yoga Quest not only involves kids by completing the quest, but they offer 5 different maps that adults can print so the kids can check off where they are in their quest. And when they have every area checked off, there is a certificate waiting for them.
Below is one such map of 5 in total. Shark’s Bay screams excitement. Start with Norris and end with Nibs. When they finish the quest, they will have done
20 yoga adventures
that’s 6 hours and 25 mins,
or 375 minutes,
or 22,500 seconds of yoga practice
Try out the Shark Bay section of the Quest to see how it all works and then get started on the quest with your kids.
Yoga for Kids Who Are Older
Younger kids will enjoy Yoga Quest, but the presentation is not appropriate for older kids. But do not despair. You do not have to opt-in for an adult program as there are many choices that will appeal to older kids, too. You can coninue yoga for kids throughout all of the grade levels.
Yoga Ed has some videos on the internet that you can try out with your kids. Start by building a routine of easy poses. You can gain more training through their website.
Yoga for School
Yoga for School Rachel has some close-up sections to help you see the moves more clearly. Since this routine is for school, no equipment is included.
Super Hero Yoga
Superhero Yoga may appeal to the males in the classroom. This session comes with some advice on the importance of helping others. You can also see yoga classes by spiderman’s alter ego.
Yoga With Adriene
Yoga with Adriene has yoga moves designed specifically for the classroom setting. No equipment is required. It is a low key workout perfect for beginners. (both teachers and kids)
A Convenient Source for Yoga Mats
If you need several mats for your kids, you will love this pack of 12. You need only a minimum of equipment when you start teaching yoga for kids.
Consider this mat if you are purchasing for an individual. The yoga moves are printed on the mat so your yoga enthusiast can develop their own sequence of moves.