“mini yogis minute” tip of the week

 

Welcome to the "mini yogis minute" weekly yoga tips for teachers and parents looking to create a more fun, engaging, and effective practice for their children. Be sure to check out mini yogis teacher training for all the tricks of the trade!

If you want your kids to get excited about yoga, it sure helps if you are excited about yoga.

Turning yoga poses into stories and themes goes a really long way in engaging the general interest of a child, but you have to take it one step further. You have to bring your own enthusiasm, humor and drama to the presentation.

For example, if you are doing a cool yoga sequence about something exciting like monster trucks or the NBA basketball finals, you want to use an upbeat, excited voice. If you walk your kids through the excitement with the inflection of a high school science teacher, you will generally lose your audience.

Little secret of teaching yoga to kids: if you have a mediocre idea and fabulous intonation, the kids will follow you to the ends of the earth and adore you…and your yoga. But if you have a terrific idea, but very low-key presentation, you will often wind up with kids who are bored and don’t follow along.

Of course working with adults is a very slow and deliberate practice. But these aren’t adults. Kids think differently and respond differently. They like upbeat, fun, funny, and funky. Be that.

There will always be the serious, focused parts, like opening meditation and closing savasana, but in the middle, go crazy. Sort of literally. The more you get into it, down and dirty with the creativity, the more the kids will love you, and love yoga.

And that's the mini yogis minute tip of the week. Check back every week to learn something new!

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