We are always doing something fun in my kids yoga classes.
Sometimes we sing. Sometimes we even dance. We definitely get into the asanas, and we definitely have fun. But one thing I make sure to do with the kids each time we meet is to tell them how wonderful each and everyone of them are, and I make sure we meditate.
Meditation can come in many forms. For some it might be sitting outside, breathing fresh air, quietly. For others, it might mean listening to soothing music. For others still, it might mean lighting some candles and sitting in the bath, (without the kids walking in and out of the bathroom of course) and some would enjoy a cup of coffee and some quiet time in the morning before everyone wakes up.
In my yoga classes, we can quiet ourselves in a couple of different ways too. Most of the time, I like to end class with some soothing music (My favorite artist is Snatam Kaur Khalsa. I first heard of her thru my Grounded training when Amy and Cheryl played “Long Time Sun” for us during our svasana.) while the kids are laying in svasana. I help facilitate this quiet time by explaining to the children that it’s a “silent” time where we don’t move and we don’t talk. We just lay or sit still. Occasionally we have breathing buddies that help us breath deeper. I place these breathing buddies on their bellies and ask the kids to breathe all the way down to their belly button. Sometimes, we color. When we use coloring as a meditation, we use mandalas. Mandala means circle in sanskrit.
Here are some free links to printable mandalas you can use at home:
I also like to read excerpts from some books in class to guide the kids through their meditation. Sometimes I take the kids to an imaginary beach and sometimes I ask them to take a look into themselves. There are many books out there to help with this activity, that my kids still ask to do at home sometimes, before bed. (Their favorite is where they clean out the imaginary cobwebs in their mind.) Some of these books were required reading during my YogaKids certification process, and others are books that I have stumbled across through my growth as a teacher.
I’d like to leave you with that song I referred to earlier in the post. Thank you Amy for sharing it with us during our training. I know it has a very special meaning for you, and I think of you whenever I use it in class.