Looking for simple and effective ways to keep your Kids Yoga classes fresh and fun as you work to help kids develop lasting healthy habits?! Incorporate a few props into your routine and introduce a new prop regularly!
Below are five props common to adult yoga classes with ideas for using them in not-so-common ways with kids. Try them out and then share your experiences with us below. Check back over the next few months for ways to use props that are NOT so common in adult yoga classes!
Massage Balls: Begin by talking with the kids about what they use their feet for and the importance of keeping our feet healthy. Then, give each child a ball and while standing, lead them through a series of different ways to open and massage their feet using the ball.
1st - Slide one foot back and forth along the ball and as you do play with the amount of pressure.
2nd - Squeeze and spread your toes around the ball.
3rd - Place your heel on the ground and press down on the ball using the ball of your foot.
4th - Place your toes on the ground and press down on the ball using your heel.
5th - Place your heel on the ground and slide your foot side to side on the ball…careful it doesn’t pop out and hit your neighbor!
If you don’t have access to “massage balls,” and your house is anything like mine, you will have no problem finding a healthy supply of tennis balls.
On a recent search through our home I found tennis balls in the yard, on a shelf with my son’s Star Wars figurines, in his bat bag, rolling around in the backseat of the truck and EVEN in the bucket designated for balls in the shed (the ones in the yard did not make it to class)!
Yoga Blocks: When I encourage adults to use blocks it is for safety. When we use blocks in kid’s classes, it is always on a prayer that no one twists an ankle.
That’s because we walk on them! Mindfully, of course!