Foundational Kids Yoga Sequences Designed for Yoga Teachers
Kids Age Groups
Below kids yoga sequences are for students in the age group 7 to 11 and teenagers (high school students).
Kids Age Group - 7 to 11
In teaching yoga to children of age 7-11, the yoga sequence should be practiced in a playful way. The yoga sequence should be sensitive to the physical and mental development of the kids of this age category. Yoga poses that are primarily meant for adults should not form part of the practice like arm balances, over stretching of the hamstrings, over stretching of the hips, or even headstands. Their bones are still soft and tender, hence care should be taken while creating a yoga sequence for kids (7-11).
Kids Age Group - Teenagers
Yoga is fast catching up in both middle and high schools because of its tremendous benefits to students of all ages. The understanding of the importance of yoga and its growing awareness in schools is encouraging increasing number of teachers to train for teaching yoga to kids. Furthermore, teenagers are in need of trained yoga teachers to help them manage their mood swings, stress levels, anger, bad habits, shyness, poor communication and more so that they can excel in their academic careers and pave a way to a successful and meaningful life.
For teenagers, scientific research shows that teenagers who practice yoga have a better developed prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex helps in planning complex cognitive behavior, personality expression, decision making, and moderating social behaviour (reference: https://www.neuropsychotherapist.com/prefrontal-cortex/).
Kids Yoga Sequence Overview - 7 to 11 (45mins, Beginner Level)
The focus of the first yoga sequence below for 7-11 age group is to encourage balance and love. Loving not just themselves, but their partners in practice. The yoga sequence is done in pairs creating a playful flow with energy and balance. Yoga introduced to kids early in their lives not only encourages physical fitness but the natural creativity in them will be displayed as they express themselves.
Kids Yoga Sequence Overview - Teenagers (45mins each, Beginner Level)
The second yoga sequence below introduces yoga to teenagers (high school students) with yoga poses that require deep stretches and have a dynamic flow. And the third yoga sequence for teens covers basic beginner level yoga poses that are practiced in pairs to make the yoga class lively and interactive! The Golden Seed Yoga Sequence has been added at the end of this sequence to help teenagers connect with themselves especially after practicing the earlier yoga poses with their partners.