Below yoga sequence should be used as a guide by yoga teachers to create their own yoga class plans
Yoga Sequence for Kids: Yoga for Kids - 7 to 11 age group
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, overstretching of the hamstrings, overstretching 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).
The focus of the below yoga sequence 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. The kids sit in a circle making eye contact as they spread joy and happiness while they also get physically active.
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.
Yoga Sequence for Kids: Yoga for Kids -7 to 11 Age Group: Yoga Poses, Cues, Steps, and Breathing instructions
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A. Always begin the yoga class with the practice of any relaxing yoga poses that helps the kids to unwind and settle down.
B. Here we have used Savasana or Corpse Pose.
C. Importance of unwinding or relaxing before starting the yoga class helps the teacher quickly understand each students mood. As a restless kid may not enjoy the relaxing yoga pose, a tired kid may just about fall asleep, a balanced kid may follow the instructions carefully and so on. Also, it helps kids/students feel loved and cared for and helps them settle their breathing and thought process.
D. Let them stay here for about 2-3 minutes. Requesting them to close their eyes, if they are comfortable.
A. Make the kids stand in a circle while distancing themselves comfortably.
B. Let them stand with feet close to each other, and spread the arms out to the sides at shoulder level.
C. Closing their eyes, they are just told to enjoy the air going in through their nostrils.
D. Releasing, begin to make them stand in Beginner Tree Pose or Beginner Vrksasana. Here they will stand holding the arms stretched out sideways at shoulder level, touching and interlocking their neighbour's fingers.
C. Explain the meaning of the name of the yoga pose. Also ask them before giving out the name, what would the name of the pose be. This would help them be more involved while enhancing their creativity.
A. Releasing, let them stand in Tadasana to relax and rest the breathing.
B. Then going into the Third Flow, demonstrate Dancing Virabhadrasana or Dancing Warrior Pose.
C. Here, make them do this pose in pairs. Make them stand back to back. So while one is standing with the right leg bent the other will bent the left leg, while theirs back are facing. Then let them touch the raised hand, while making contact.
D. If they are unable to touch the raised hand from behind, then let them place their back foots touching each other.
E. Ask them to pretend to be dancers on ice, enjoying the flow of the arms up and in front.