Having just released her third volumn of guided relaxations for children, Imaginations 3, Carolyn Clarke shares tips of fostering relaxation and calm in children. Her Imagination series of beautifully crafted, child friendly scripts offer parents, teachers, kids yoga instructors and more a wealth of resources to use with children.
We’ll get the background on the inspiration for the visualizations, how the art is created and tips to create a conducive environment for inviting calm.
In our hurried and over programmed world relaxation is a gift which we all need. Share it this holiday season with those you love.
The benefits of yoga and mindfulness are far reaching. More than improving flexibility and strength, yoga and mindfulness impact the social, emotional, mental and physical health of everyone who practices. So give it a try. Get on your mat, take a deep breath, and take advantage of the many benefits of yoga and mindfulness.
I love yoga games and learning a new one is always a highlight. This past weekend at a YIMS teacher training workshop Maureen, one of the participants, shared Move, Memorize, Meditate.
Here are the basics.
first divide the group into partners or threes and give them a pose – it can be their own choice or a pose the teacher picks. They need to remember who their partner is and how to do the pose – this is the MEMORIZE portion. With older group you may have a Memorize TREE with one partner, Memorize BOAT with another partner and Memorize WARRIOR with a third partner (any combination of poses works).
Now you are ready to play.
when the teacher says MOVE everyone moves through the space – you can walk, skip, hop, run, swim or whatever motion works for your class theme.
when the teacher says MEMORIZE you find your buddy/partner and perform your partner pose (see above). If you have used multiple poses simply say the pose name.
when the teacher says MEDITATE everyone lays down on their mat in savasana or sits in easy pose/criss cross mudras optional) and meditates.
Teacher continues to switch it up between Move, Memorize and Meditate for as long as is fun or time allows.
This game is tons of fun and keeps everyone listening, moving and playing yoga together.
Enjoy this clip as a group of 5-7 year olds play Move, Memorize, Meditate.
Packed with 112 fabulous games, this Kids Yoga Teacher Resource is essential for teaching fun & playful kids, teens and family yoga classes. Includes breathing games, active yoga games, mindfulness games, relaxation games, and games with yoga props. Never be at a loss for what to do in class with Yoga Games Galore. 40 pg full color PDF
The world needs more love, compassion and understanding.
Metta is a Pali word meaning Loving Kindness. This is a simple yet profound practice which directs our intentions to wishing ourselves and others happiness and peace. Loving Kindness Meditation helps us understand that all beings deserve compassion. I always use this meditation during February to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Loving Kindness Metta Meditation (length 5:35)
We love teaching the magic of mindfulness to kids and teens. It’s easy and amazingly effective. Learn how.