Yoga and Mindfulness for children and Teens.
Create your own winter Olympics! You could create little stations on yoga mats around the room or move together through one activity to the next. You could have a bobsleigh challenge where you could come into a boat pose or a group pose. You could do a hula hoop pass where everyone in the group holds hands with one hula hoop resting on someone's joined hands, then each person must step through the hoop to get it all the way around the circle. You could create an obstacle course with different poses on each station, maybe some themed posed such as Alpine Skiing (chair pose), Figure skating (dancer pose), Ice hockey (pyramid), snowboarding (warrior 2). You can get really creative here so just have fun with it! You could even include the next game as part of this which is 'Ice Skating'.
You will need two paper plates each person! standing on the plates, skate to the other side of the room, you could even use cones to create obstacles here! Another fun way to play is to have everyone skate in a circle but they must keep distance between them, if one person stops - they must all stop. This is fun because you don't know who is going to stop or when so they really need to be focusing. For younger children especially, this may be very challenging. So another way to play could be in partners, with one person 'with skates' and the other just helping them to keep balanced.
Snow Ball Fight
For this game, I used balls from the kids Ball pit but you could get styrofoam balls. I then drew different poses on each ball. Place a yoga strap in the centre of the room to split it into two sides. Divide your group into two teams. Empty all the balls out (enough so that their would be two each easily in a small group or a one and half ratio for a large group) . Each team must stay on their own side. Everyone begins to throw snowballs at the other team. When you shout freeze, children must hold the pose that is on their snowball - if they are not holding one, they must pick up the one closest to them.
Snow Ball Balancing
Using a snowball from the previous game, practice balancing it on your head. Now try walking slowly while balancing it. Then work on different poses, balancing the snowball in different places. Tree pose with the snowball on your head, boat pose with snowball on knees or both hands at the side, downward facing dog with the ball on your tailbone.
Don't Wake Santa!
In this game you are all elves apart from one person in the middle who is Santa. Santa must pretend to be asleep with a bell next to him (you could use keys or anything that rattles). The elves must try and get this bell without waking Santa! If Santa hears anyone, he can wake up and send them back to the start (on their mat). How quiet can everyone be? Can they get the bell?
Check out my Winter Lesson Plans!
Feeling inspired by these games? Why not add them into these Yoga classes put together earlier.
Class one: Winter
Class two: Christmas and Gratitude
Class three: Christmas Adventure!
Thank you so much for reading! I have also just posted up on my group an outline of the lesson I have planned for today. You can see this free on my Facebook group here.