Yoga and Mindfulness for children and Teens.
follow the leader
Sometimes the simplest games are the best one! This game can be done inside or outside, on yoga mats or around your space. I like to play this game by starting in a circle or with partners facing each other. You can include some yoga poses, some funny dances, jumping over things and so much more. Be sure to go first so that you can show them a few possibilities and then let everyone have a turn to be the leader. As it is halloween this week you could fit in some halloween themed poses such as
Zombie Walk (get creative)
Monster Breath (lions breath)
Witch on a broom (warrior 2)
Pumpkin (childs pose)
Spooky tree (tree pose)
creaky gate (gate pose)
flying witch (chair pose)
Vampire (mountain pose)
Bat (boat pose)
A nice twist on the classic. Yogi says an instruction and then the child or group do as Yogi says. If the instruction is given without ‘Yogi says’ at the beginning the children should not do the task. If they do, they must stand in mountain pose for three breaths before joining back in.
Here are some suggestions for Yogi Says…..
• Stand in tree pose
• Sit on the floor
• Do 5 jumping jacks
• Run on the spot
• Practice plank pose
• Show me a strong warrior pose
• Touch your toes
• Put your hands on your head
• Do a funny dance
• Stand on one leg
• Act like a froggy
You could also add some of the halloween themed poses mentioned previously.
You can practice some yoga poses that you have already worked with as well as new ones if you can demonstrate them first. By adding in some other fun things as well as just yoga poses, it keeps it fun and exciting as they really do not know what is coming next. You can also let the children have a turn at being yogi.
1,2,3 Spooky yoga tree
One person stands at one edge of the room, they are ‘it’, while the rest of the group/family starts at the opposite wall standing on one leg in the tree pose. If you are playing this game in a bigger space, just make a line to define the starting and finishing points. The person who is ‘it’ turns their back to the group and counts aloud “1, 2, 3 spooky yoga trees” and then quickly turns back to look at the group. When ‘it’ is not watching, the other children can move forward, but when ‘it’ turns around they must stand on one leg in the tree pose. If ‘it’ sees you standing on two legs or moving forward, they can call on you to go back to the wall (or starting point). Whoever gently touches ‘it’ first, becomes the next ‘it’. I like to add some spooky music to this one.
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