Kids Yoga

Classroom Yoga Breaks

We are in the thick of classroom yoga. This program is a section in the School Volunteer Handbook, which includes the free CD.   KSL filmed us on Monday, stay tuned for which day at 5 am you can catch it (or maybe I will post the link..) Many thanks to Julie Iorg, our wonderful volunteer yoga teacher who said, “We started today! YEAH! They too are a great school and I feel so lucky to be working with them! All of the teachers and students were so thankful to have the yoga breaks. They were excited and welcoming and each class truly enjoyed the break that we shared ..Thanks Yael for everything. As your yoga breaks are a gift to these children- it is a gift for me to share them!” free breaks on our website! 

Yoga for kids with special needs

  1.  If you are looking for a way to bring calm and to build stamina for folks with special needs, watch this video and read the                                                                                                   article just published in the Chicago Tribune: Yoga offers benefits for people with special needs  As one of the teachers recognizes, “The beauty of yoga is that it helps you wherever you are at,” said Fakroddin.  Gadi Revivo, a pediatrician who specializes in rehabilitation, says that even though yoga is thousands of years old, it brings something new to his special-needs patients. Listen to the video and look through the article for a lot of good information and links to more programs. 

Photo: GreenTREE Yoga program, Final Relaxation SPLORE retreat on the COLORADO River.

Having Fun in School!

Many thanks to Rachelle Ballard, a super GreenTREE Yoga volunteer who is doing the 5 minute yoga breaks at Newman Elementary School (CDs provided thanks to a SLCC grant!) She says, “I just wanted to tell you how much fun I’m having at Newman. I love those kids! It’s been so fun and the kids just eat it up. I’ll genuinely be sad when its over.”   For more info on how to set up a volunteer in your school (who doesn’t have to know yoga!), visit greentreeyoga.org or click here!

The whole family!

More Family Yoga!  It’s a great way to bond, to connect, to share some fun, and to build some memories.  Hopefully there’s a camera nearby!  If you want to try it at home, here’s fun dvd that will get the group involved.  Whale Yoga!  by Next Generation Yoga.

Family Yoga — Great Way to Connect!

I love Family Yoga!  It’s a wonderful way for the whole family to share some positive energy, good times, and really connect with each other.  It helps to lower the stress levels of everyone who does the yoga, all shapes, ages, and sizes.  Parents will come for the kids… and leave excited about finding some yoga to do for themselves.  If you haven’t tried family yoga, look for some at a studio or library near you. Or find a dvd to do with the group at home (a kids yoga dvd can be just the thing!).  More free ideas click here.

Destress with the Whole Family

Family Yoga at the Kearns Library last night was so much fun! We had many families coming to enjoy Family Night with each other and new friends. One partner King Dancer pose had 7 family members in it! There was a lot of laughter and noise — yoga in a library! But no one seemed to mind. We’ll be at Salt Lake libraries the first two weeks of Feb and March, check our website for locations. Get some books and dvds from the library and enjoy family yoga at home! greentreeyoga.org

Another way to help kids relax ~

If you are looking for a charming way for kids to learn how to relax, try introducing them to this book — Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen Master and Buddhist Monk, gives us a book with simple diagrams and easy movements that will appeal to all ages, but especially to the young!

Family Fun with Yoga

 Family yoga is one of my favorite to teach.  The kids have so much fun, and the parents are relaxed and get a wonderful introduction to the benefits of yoga.   If you haven’t tried family yoga,  you might like it!  Ask a local studio if they offer a class, or suggest they introduce it!  There are some free downloads to help kids relax and to give you ideas about how to integrate yoga into your family’s health plan at www.greentreeyoga.org.

Yoga for Teens!

If you work with teens and are looking for a way to help them learn some stress management techniques and learn to be healthier, check out this book: Yoga for Kids and Teens.

Yoga for Kids and Teens is a friendly, creative, smiling invitation to take more steps into the journey of yoga. Experience an easy, inspiring, ‘five minute yoga break for classrooms’ and Sola Stikk Yoga, useful for all ages, sizes, shapes and abilities. Charming illustrations with an excellent chapter on healing relaxations to poetically ”’melt-the-mind.”’ — Lilias Folan, Author of Lilias! Yoga Gets Better With Age and The Inner Smile.

YogaBuddies helps kids learn to calm themselves ~

Visit the YogaBuddies website for a ‘Pose of the Week”.  Yoga helps kids learn to recognize signs of stress in themselves and then gives them the tools to help them relax.  Perhaps there is a child with whom you can share some yoga!

What We Like

When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress Disease Connection by Gabor Matte, MD (click cover) Wonderful and accessible insights into how our stress affects us, an important book for those working with children ~