“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!

When newer teachers are planning their first activities, the “stories” I see the most are “I’m a ____________ stretching” and  “I’m a _____________ looking around.” I’m a dog, I’m a superhero, I’m a robot, I’m a doll…

But “stretching” and  “looking around”aren’t much of a story. It’s not interesting or engaging for kids, and, furthermore, looking around is not really yoga. There aren’t many “looking around” yoga poses out there.

Remember that when you are teaching kids, your objective is to create yoga activities that not only engage them, but leave them saying “again!” No child is going to scream that about just “stretching” or “looking”.

So, here’s how to take your “stretching/looking” and turn it into something great:

First, think about your character and what s/he is stretching or looking for. Is it dinner? Mommy? Supercape? Chocolate chips? Buried treasure?

Then, decide if they reach and find it or not. And what happens if they do. Do they fly away? Run up a tree? Stay for dinner? Win the game?

Thresh out your story, beginning, middle, and end, and then act it out in yoga moves and activities.

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

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- shauna poutre, 
teacher training graduate, 
los angeles, california

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