a Yoga + Mindfulness Lesson Plan for ages 2-13
Written by: Sarah Henderson, E-RYT, NGY Storyteller
With contributions from: Amy Lee, RYT, NGY Owner/CEO and Shara Resis, NGY Teacher
Humans love holidays! Wherever you go, there are special days to mark special occasions. This yoga and mindfulness lesson plan adventure from Next Generation Yoga helps children learn about how and why people celebrate. Holiday Happenings lets everyone take part in the celebrations!
Holiday Happenings for 2-7 year olds (30-45 minutes) guides kids through a calendar year of festivity and fun. Beginning with New Year’s Eve and ending with Kwanzaa, this lesson offers kids a chance to learn new things and connect with familiar traditions, too! The visualized meditation at the end invites children to imagine their own special day in an imaginary birthday party just for them!
Holiday Happenings for 8-13 year olds (45-60 minutes) invites children to learn about the ways that holidays are celebrated in cultures near and far through yoga, creative movement, music, and more. Festivities explored include Diwali, Lunar New Year, Eid al-Fitr, Earth Day, Kwanzaa, and the International Day of Peace, as well as several other holidays. (The For More Fun section includes a list of silly holidays!) The visualized meditation at the end guides children through a sensory journey as they remember their learning and fun.
Every NGY Lesson Plan includes:
- A complete lesson plan for 2-7 year olds that may be enjoyed for 30-45 minutes
- A complete lesson plan for 8-13 year olds that may be enjoyed for 45-60 minutes
- An introduction to successfully sharing Kids Yoga with the children in your life, whether you are a parent, caregiver, a school professional, or an experienced or new Kids Yoga Teacher.
- A detailed and easy to follow script for the teacher/leader.
- A complete Kids Yoga class theme and sequence including an introduction to the topic, breathing exercises, a warm up, an active pose series, a cool down, and a guided meditation and relaxation exercise. The lesson plan theme works, whether taught from beginning to end or in pieces.
- Ideas for activities, props, songs, and more to add to the fun!
- Suggestions for how to relationally connect with children in developmentally appropriate ways.
- Opportunities to teach children through multiple pathways: physical (gross and fine motor), social-emotional, sensory, creative, cognitive and intellectual learning.
- A how-to glossary of poses and breathing exercises used in the lesson plan that includes traditional names plus kid-friendly and/or Sanskrit names when appropriate.
- And a one-page lesson plan “cheat sheet” — a quick guide for handy reference.
NGY Lesson Plans are delivered electronically in PDF format – easy to download & print or view on a tablet or e-reader!
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