Saturday, March 27, 2010

Yoga for Children

The best part of my teaching day is dance time.  Just before our nutrition break, along with 19 Kindergartens and all of the other paraprofessionals in the room, I stop everything that's going on in our active classroom and we all "bust a move". We dance hard and with reckless abandon, like no one is watching.  (although on Friday I noticed the principal peeking from the hall with a sideways smirk).   The kids love it, the adults love it and it's fun!  This fifteen minutes of freedom  has reaffirmed for me the belief that children need and crave physical activity.

Next week, I've decided to try something new in the classroom.....YOGA!  The mental, physical, and emotional benefits are numerous. Not to mention the self control skills and the ability to handle solitude that can result from yoga practic.  If it makes the classroom more peaceful and calm we can't lose.

Listed below are several resources I found while researching our new classroom initiative.  I'm going to try it at home with my four year old too.



  1. I love it! Andie likes to do Yoga with her dad and I would love to do some with her! Thanks for the resources and have fun with the kids.

  2. Thanks for the link to Young Yoga Masters. Kindergarten kids do love yoga especially with an animal theme.

    What music do the kids like most for the dancing? I love finding new songs for my ipod.

  3. Janet Williams from said.....
    Thank you for sharing with your readers.
    I just discovered the link you posted up today and I really appreciate it!
    I am a certified Primary/Junior Teacher and Yoga Instructor and teaching yoga to children in Kindergarten is so much fun.
    I have been going into daycares and schools across Ontario doing presentations from K to Grade 4 and introducing them to the book I wrote "What I See, I Can Be: A Guided Yoga Flow for Children".
    Thank you
    Janet Williams