Yoga for Preschoolers and Special Needs

Yoga for Preschoolers and Special Needs

This is one of four modules to earning your RCYT designation. When held at Prana Yoga count toward 500-RYT with Prana Yoga.

Learn how to teach the youngest yogis as well as those with emotional and mental challenges techniques to control impulsivity and self-regulate.

After attending this workshop you’ll know how to:

  • use music effectively in kids yoga classes
  • integrate early literacy skills into your yoga classes
  • adapt yoga poses to meet students needs and abilities
  • effectively use yoga as a complementary therapy for children with special needs.

This experiential workshop will provide a foundation to promote the healthy development of the hearts, minds and bodies preschoolers as well as individuals diagnosed with:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Down syndrome
  • Mild Cerebral palsy
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Understand the needs and challenges and explore creative, fun ways of engaging and supporting children with special needs in the practice of yoga.

Includes:


Join us for a weekend workshop

COST: $395.00 CD + GST

See our EVENTS PAGE for upcoming dates and locations.

 

 

 

What participants are saying about this Workshop:

“I enjoyed my two days with Donna. I can use many of the yoga poses/games in my class on Monday morning.” – Susan Woelber

“You have inspired me. This course material has helped me better understand the reasons of using yoga with the children I work with and my own practice.” – Carla Brown

Yoga Games Galore Ideal for Kids, Teen and Family Yoga

Yoga Games Galore Ideal for Kids, Teen and Family Yoga

Yoga Games Galore is packed with 112 yoga games for physical, mental, social and emotional development. Adding the element of play to your yoga practice and classes is a powerful and highly enjoyable approach which considers each individual as a complex and wonderful being, while honing valuable skills, traits and attributes.

Yoga Games Galore Includes

  • 20 Breathing Games such as Air Soccer, Blow Painting and Piston Breathing
  • 28 Yoga Activity Games with favorites Yogi Says, Musical Mats and Yoga Jenga, as well as Leep Yoga Frog, One Om, Who’s the Leader, Animal Imitators, Postcards, Transportation Clues and many more
  • an entire section of relaxation, mindfulness and meditation games — for example: Be a Wax Work, Puppet on a String and Turtle Walking
  • loads of yoga games to play with balls, bean bags, feathers, hula hoops, parachutes and pompoms

Enjoy accessing the many benefits of yoga poses, breathing techniques and mindfulness while having a blast. Yoga Games Galore will take your kids/family/teen yoga classes to the next level by providing a plethora of options for every age and ability. Never be at a loss of what to do for an entire class, as an opening activity or to finish off the last 5 minutes.

Enjoy this under the cover sneak peek.

“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning”

~Diane Ackerman

Yoga Games Galore is an environmentally friendly digital download arriving directly to your in-box. Save it to your hard-drive and use it again and again. Print it off for easy reference. Enjoy 40 pages of fabulous, fun yoga games.

Introductory price of only $18.97 – no shipping or handling fees (YEAH!)

Yoga Games Galore
Yoga Games Galore
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

 

Members of the YIMS Teacher’s Lounge can access +20 yoga games via the Yoga Games resource page.

 

Donna had a wonderful time presenting at the National Kids Yoga Conference held in Washington, DC Sept 30-Oct 2. As a thank you for all those who attended and for our amazing YIMS community we are giving away a copy of Yoga Games Galore. Contest runs until October 12th.

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Benefits of Music in Kids Yoga Class

Benefits of Music in Kids Yoga Class

Music serenades our lives, adding significance to moments, people, and events, connecting us to our experiences, emotions, memories and dreams. Truly the soul has an innate love of music. In addition, sounds have a profound influence on our cognitive functioning, motor skills, emotional development, behavior and social skills. There is scarcely a single function of the human body which is not affected by musical tones.

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.  ~Plato

Using music in a children’s yoga class is a wonderful way to allow them to develop their bodies and minds. From simple nursery rhymes to custom written kids yoga scores, children will respond positively to melodies and movement.


Benefits of Music in Kids Yoga Class

Music:

  • connects and brings people together, helping us interact one with another
  • engages our emotions and has a powerful impact on mood and energy levels
  • teaches rhythm, timing, orientation and coordination
  • focuses the mind and increases concentration
  • develops language and speech skills
  • improves listening skills and phonetic awareness
  • encourages creativity and self expression
  • enhances overall health and a sense of well-being
  • increases intelligence and brain connectivity

Best of all kids don’t really care is you can sing or not. So let lose, crank up the tunes, sing a favourite song and dance like no-one’s watching.

For inspiration check out these samples of using music in a kids yoga class: Star Pose, Bug Yoga (spider pose), Shark Attack. Or fill your mp3 player with catchy tunes and enjoy these musically inspired yoga games: Freeze Dance and Musical Mats.


Some valuable resources for your kids yoga class include:


 

Always Adding More on Pinterest

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Yoga Adventure Stories for Kids

Yoga Adventure Stories for Kids

Join Donna Freeman, teacher and kids yoga instructor as she explores this method of teaching kids.
Kids of all ages love stories. They also love to do yoga. Learn what a yoga adventure story is, why teachers, parents and caregivers should use them, and how to use a yoga adventure story to increase flexibility, develop strength, improve balance and reduce stress. Tap into the power of the easiest, most effective way to teach kids yoga.

Original Air Date: October 27, 2009

 

To learn more about teaching kids yoga join us for Teaching Kids Yoga Level 1

See EVENTS for full listing of upcoming training events.

 

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