Kids Yoga Workshop | Lunasa 2021

Kids Yoga Workshop

Presenter: Jo Wilcox

I will run two 1 hour workshops back to back for 2 different age groups-
Workshop 1 – age 3-6
Workshop 2 – age 7-10

We start the workshop by gathering in a circle. We then do a group activity to bring everyone together, doing this draws their focus and creates cohesion as a group, such as a name game or a warm up game to get the body moving.
We then move into the Yoga Games, which alternate between more active, high energy games and slower more focused ones, each game creatively incorporates the different Yoga poses which is a fun way to learn and practice the poses together.
We use a variety of props in the games such as; yoga cards, soft animals, colourful pictures, scarves, letters, drawing, hula hoops etc.
After 3-4 games we then move onto a Breathing Exercise; using the expanding “Breathing Ball”.
Each child gets a turn to use the ball and practice Bee Breath, Snake Breath, Rabbit Breath or Lions Breath.

Next the children are encouraged to lie down, relax and be still, as they are taken on a Guided Relaxation Journey.
A small crystal is placed on their foreheads to encourage them to be still and focus. Quiet time and relaxation are important elements of Yoga. They are then brought out of the relaxation, trying to keep that calm and focused energy, as we come together again in a circle.

The final part of the class is a child-friendly meditation, encouraging quiet, focus, calm and mindfulness.

Presenter Bio:

I am a qualified Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher.
For the past 4 years I have been running regular after-school and weekend Kids Yoga classes for the local community of Motueka. Plus weekly classes at Motueka Steiner School, Greenwood Kindergarten, Hardy Kids Motueka, Country Kids, Kidz Klub Holiday Programme and workshops at Luminate Festival.

I also teach regular adults Vinyasa Flow classes, Pregnancy Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yoga workshops, often collaborating with other local yoga teachers.

I have 19 years experience working with children in a variety of roles and settings, and so I have a very natural and playful connection with the children who attend my Kids Yoga classes and workshops.

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