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“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!

Well, it's almost Thanksgiving again and there's a whole lot of gratitude going on. Perfect time for a Gratitute-a-thon with your students.

There are two ways you can do the Gratitude-a-thon, depending on how extroverted your students are.

1. If your children are more extroverted/articulate: With everyone sitting in a circle, you say out loud one thing that you are grateful for. Then the child next to you has to say something different that s/he is grateful for, and so on. No repeats. So, for example, only one person can say s/he is grateful for mom & dad. Remind your students that sometimes even "little" things (like a heart that beats or a bed to sleep in) are very important things. See how many times you can go around the circle stating more and more items of gratitude.

2. If your children are more introverted: During Savasana (at the end of class), tell your students that while they are lying there they should think in their heads all the things that they are grateful for in their lives. They can count them, if they want, but it's not really necessary. What is necessary is that, as they are lying there, you give them periodic reminders to keep counting and keep thinking. You may also want to stick little ideas in their heads like "it could be someone who's really special in your life...or something you have that a lot of other kids in the world don't...". Do this activity for 3-5 minutes.

Oh...and one more thing. You don't have to wait for Thanksgiving to do this.

Happy holidays. I am thankful that you take the time to read my tips.

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