Yoga Cat: Free Download

Looking for a little in-home inspiration?

The quarantine cycles are real and I find myself drifting between extreme bursts of creativity and heavy lethargy. The past week has been a bit brighter and I want to share some of its fruits with you all.

Meet Yoga Cat —  your guide through a 20-30 min at home yoga practice for 3 to 10 year-olds. This little printable yoga book was created for those at home looking to incorporate some playful movement with their children.

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Using a visual aid for yoga is especially helpful with children under the age of seven or for those who are trying yoga for the first time. Try printing it in color, cutting each page in half and binding for a little yoga break in your child’s day. You can also print the book in black and white and let them color it in and add their own personal details.

With repetition, you may find your little one sharing poses with you throughout the day.

❤ It’s FREE, fun and filled with love for you and yours.

Download it now: 

Yoga Cat Color &  Play Book

Quarantine To-Do’s

Whew, is it getting real enough out there for you?

The days go by and we know that coming up with inspiring projects to keep your little one active is no small task.

That’s why each day on the Kids Yoga Garden Facebook page I have been sharing a resource that can be used as a part of your homeschool / unschool / or online schooling routine. Some of the shares have been activities we do at our learning center, and others have been more directed towards our parents and caregivers to offer extra support in this time of need. I’ve also tried to highlight teachers and communities that have a wide breadth of online materials available for use so you can use these projects as a starting point for online searches.

To keep things simple, I will collect all the project links here organized by category and update as this project continues. If you’d like to see something in particular, like more art projects or cooking recipes, please let me know so I can keep it tailored to your needs.

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Quarantine PLAYlist: 

Art Projects: 

  1. God’s Eye Weaving Craft. Video 
  2. DIY Play Dough with Kru Georgie of Chiang Mai Drama Centre
  3. Draw Along with Me “Happy Sun” with Deep Space Sparkle
  4. Magical Thailand Coloring book by Magical Thailand
  5. Crafting with Shabby Tree Paper Plate Hats
  6. DIY sidewalk chalk photobooth from Kids Yoga Garden

 

Yoga and Movement for Children:

  1. Rub Your Hands Yoga Warm-up Song by Karma Kids and Kids Yoga Garden
  2. Wiggle Like a Worm Sun Salutation Song by Yogiful
  3. Full free yoga classes with Cosmic Kids YogaPokemon Episode
  4. Chair Yoga Video with Calm Classrooms and worksheets
  5. KidFit water bottle workout video and KidFit Easter with Reenie Brooking
  6. Sun Salutations for Kids Video by Kids Yoga Garden
  7. Gratitude Relaxation by Yoga 4 Classrooms

 

Cooking:

  1. Papaya Salad Recipe by Kids Yoga Garden
  2. Banoffee Recipe by Eco Logic Thailand
  3. Taste the Rainbow cooking class by Sunny Days Organic
  4. Tiny Green Chef Free Cooking Lesson

 

Science:

  1. Mystery Science Adventures with Doug. Mini Lesson on Viruses
  2. COVID activity book: “Why is this virus making me stay home” printable
  3. Daisy Creek Farms regrow your vegetables video tutorial
  4. Imagination Tree 5 Things to Do in the Rain activity list
  5. Bird Snacks by Sprouting Wild Ones
  6. Earth Day Printablesby Little Bins for Little Hands

 

Math & Music:

  1. Andrew Bird 8s Times Tables song

Storytelling:

  1. The Princess and the Pea with Fairy tales with Belle by Cascadia Cosplay

 

Parent Resources

  1. Free Adult Yoga classes by Yogamour
  2. Free Live Streaming Yoga Classes with Chiang Mai based Annie Bliss.
  3. Supporting Children’s Emotional and Mental health with mindful meditation, free 3 part online workshop by Divine Light Yoga.
  4.  Parent and Teacher Resource Center by Dictionary.com

 

 

We’d also like to remind you that when all else fails and you are feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath and create some boundaries that create space for both you and your little. Maybe its a little play and dance break together, maybe its 20 minutes of “independent” time where you can both try something you love, maybe its learning how to fold clothes like Maria Kondo and getting some house work together. The biggest way you can support your child is by spending time with them, it doesn’t need to be completely structured and educational to aid in development. You are already doing enough. ❤

 

More to come! Take care out there and share your pictures with us, we’d love to see how they look through your eyes.

Sun Salutations

We often get asked by our parents, “What’s that song, the one with the sun in it that my child can’t stop singing.” It never fails to bring a smile to our lips as we know instantaneously exactly what they are referring to.

The answer?

It’s Dance for the Sun by Kira Wiley, our very favorite way to teach one of the most fundamental set of postures in traditional yoga asana in a fun and child-friendly way.

Sun Salutations are a part of both the Hatha & Ashtanga yoga lineages and have been incorporated into most schools of yoga today. They include a slightly variable set of yoga poses linked by breath to create a smooth circuit of prana (life energy) running throughout the body. Simply put, Sun Salutations help warm up the body, increase the heart rate, and create heat needed for deeper and stronger yoga poses that follow in the practice.

For children, Sun Salutations can be an essential landmark or focal point for the children to grab onto during a yoga class. Students who have heard the song many times before may feel comfortable singing and will link the movements automatically with ease while newer students may enjoy listening and following along their peers and the teacher.

It’s a fun and easy way to engage children in traditional practice without requiring a lot of teaching or modelling.

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How to practice: 

For a little context watch this video of one of our class practices.

  • Do a light warm-up of the joints in the body especially the wrists and ankles.
  • If students are new you can take a moment before to introduce:
    • Mountain Pose
    • Forward Fold
    • Plank
    • Cobra
    • Down Dog 
  • Play the song: Dance for the Sun by Kira Wiley.
  • Follow the movements as directed by the song

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Benefits:

Yoga pose vinyasa:  The sun salutation is a group of yoga poses linked together by breath to create a sequence of movement. It is the only traditional part of the physical yoga practice that traditionally promotes cardio-vascular health.

Sequencing: Learning postures in sequence helps develop memory function as well as coordination and problem solving.

Rhythmic breathing alleviates stress, oxygenates the brain, strengthen lung capacity and builds respiratory endurance.

Yoga poses: help build good posture habits, stabilize the core, strengthen the extremities and develop balance.

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Try it out at home and let us know what you think!

Interested in learning more about sharing the practice of yoga for children? Learn more about our training programs here.

Yoga at Home: warm-up song

Today we’re sharing our favorite song for creating the space for our yoga classes, “Rub your Hands” by Karma Kids Yoga.

* Ask your kiddos to find their yoga seats and settle into a comfortable seated position with lots of room around their bodies. They can sit on the floor, a yoga mat or a pillow for a bit more support. Offer them variations of their yoga seat like cross-legged pose (Sukhasana), Hero’s Pose (Virasana) or Half Lotus (Padmasana).

* Talk with them about practicing yoga, what it means and create some safety agreements before you begin.

* Start the song and do a motion for each part of the song: you don’t need to explain the motions, just demonstrate and your little yogis should be able to follow along.

“Rub your hands”Rub hands together creating friction and warmth.

“Sit up tall”Lightly press hands into knees, lengthen the spine and roll shoulders down.

“Take a deep breath”Bring hands to prayer pose, close eyes and inhale to allow chest to expand and shoulders to rise.

“Om”Exhale by chanting the sound “Om” bring hands back to knees.

 

* After a few times, you can vary motions to include side bends, forward folds, any poses you like. This works especially well with older kids who may tire of the repetition of sitting in cross-legged pose for an extended amount of time.

 

Benefits:

Chanting helps develop concentration, calm the nervous system, and helps bring balance to the body.

Rhythmic breathing alleviates stress, oxygenates the brain, strengthen lung capacity and build respiratory endurance.

Yoga poses help build good posture habits, stretch the knee joints and build flexibility and strength.

Try it out and let us know what you think!

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Kru Rosie

Low Season Savings

There’s no denying it, the smokey season is back. Thankfully this year with more press and awareness, we are seeing changes in our community that support more options for maintaining a healthy lifestyle indoors.

At Kids Yoga Garden we’ve got our air purifiers running all day during this time of year and have loaded up on board games, new books and a recycled art creation zone to keep our students active indoors. To make it easier on the families who stay in town during this time of year, we’ve also started promotions to make our programs more accessible to those living locally.

 

March Promo

Visiting Chiang Mai

Each year we are visited by new students from around the world and this last year was no exception as kids from Korea, Spain, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Germany, the United States, Mexico, Canada, the UK, France and more came to join our programs.

Chiang Mai is a magical intersection of intersections and in recent years the offerings for children and families have risen substantially. Full day trips, new play-friendly cafes and an abundance of special course offerings help offer families creative options for education and childcare while travelling.

If your planning a trip to Chiang Mai we highly recommend these guides by local writers and long-time residents:

  1. Lonely Planet : What to do with Kids in Chiang Mai
  2. Chiang Mai Family Guide- 10 awesome things to do in Chiang Mai with Kids
  3. Cape Kantary V. 23 – Community Crossroads 

 

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Of course you are also welcome to come by and see us and we’ll have plenty of recommendations as well!

Family time for connection

We know that you are busy, between work, home life, school and after school activities. There’s a whole lot happening week to week to keep track of and with all the bustle, we often lose track of the connection that makes it all worth while. Family yoga is a great time to connect and share with your own family and build healthy traditions that can anchor your week. Check out this article in the Charlotte Observer for more benefits of practicing yoga as a family.

 

Our Family Yoga Circle is each Thursday afternoon 3:45 – 5 pm is the perfect chance come as you are for a laid-back playful circle created especially for families of 1-3 year olds. This is a no pressure environment for families of littles who are looking for a way to joyfully bond with their child and make connections with other families.

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For families of older kiddos, we welcome you to our family yoga class Sunday evenings 5-6 pm. This class is suited best for families of 4-10 year olds and will teach yoga basics intertwined with themes and stories.

Family Yoga Sundays

 

For families of younger and upper teens, we recommend booking private or group sessions on weekday or weekend evenings.

 

“Yoga emphasizes the power of connection; connecting movement with breath, connecting in with the self, and connecting with others.”

  • -Margot Brinley-

June Workshops

It’s a new month and we are ready to make, move and create our way all the way to summer camp. In addition to our weekly classes on Tuesday and Thursdays, we have special weekend camp workshops each weekend in June. Join us for one or all of them by sending us a message to reserve your place.

Children ages 3-10 are welcome.

 

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Yoga at the Project World School Summit

Living in a small transient city demands a nature of flexibility necessary to ride the waves of hellos, goodbyes and bumping into dear friends in public places at every turn. Every season we get to meet new sorts of travelers in our learning space and offer them a place to connect with our community that is in constant practice of inclusion.

In fact, this has become a very audible practice as we end our yoga classes with a chorus of thank you’s from all the languages present. Among the languages are also different learning styles, those that attend traditional school and visit us on the weekend, those that are a part of our homeschool group, those that are parts of nomadic families and world schooling their way around the globe, those that are on school breaks. Yoga, along with our other creative workshops, helps us establish connection with our bodies and others in shared space. It’s a foundation on which we can encourage non violence, truthfulness, and other values that foster community.

This fall we were honored to team up with Project World School to bring some yoga into their week long kids camp and summit in Chiang Mai. Thanks to Sarah Lorimer Photography for these beautiful snaps that peer into the world of a kids yoga class with students from around the world.