Having fun IS the key.
It is the key to easily integrate yoga and mindfulness in kids daily routine. It is not about the results, not about the best pose, not about the time you are spending on your mat but about the journey, the fun and how it makes you feel. Yoga for adults and yoga for kids vary a lot on this aspect and social interaction and play are key elements in kids practice.
According to a clinical report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of children.”* Play also provided the enrichment to help stimulate brain development in early childhood.
Here are few games to help kids start their yoga practice in a fun way. They will become yoga pro in no time.
Game #1: Let’s roll
You will only need a dice, your mat and this poster (free download). Find a cosy place and start rolling your dice. Strike the pose that relates to the number of the dice and hold it for 30 seconds.
Game #2: Simon says game
A very classic game here. Pick one person to be “Simon”. Simon tells the others what they must do (add some fun with adding random yoga poses). However, everyone must only obey commands that begin with the words “Simon Says.” If you have a RGYM mat, you could use the name of your RGYM character (eg: "Terri says", or "Ellis says", or "Pat says"....)
Game #3: Freeze dance
Play classical music, like Beethoven, or soft music and have your kid(s) move to the music. When the music stops, do a yoga pose. Pretty simple and fun at the same time.
Game #4: Yoga fortunate teller
Usually kids love fortunate tellers, it leaves a bit of mystery and you can take it anywhere with you. With up to 8 actions or 8 yoga positions, children will love this. You can create your own or get your RGYM yoga fortunate teller from our shop.
Game #4: What time is it yogi?
For this one, we will need the participation of an adult. While telling a story, and each time you mention a time in your story, your little yogi(s) has to strike the pose from the RGYM clock.
Game #5: Use our RGYM yoga cards: Coming soon
Game #6: Draw on my back challenge
You need to two players for this challenge plus a couple of sheets of paper, two pencils and a peg or some sticky tape. One person sit on the mat with a sheet of paper attached to its back and the other person has to feel the movement of their pen and try to copy them on their own piece of paper.
Game #7: Sushi time
For just a bit of fun, you could lay down and roll yourself up like a sushi using your mat, roll up and roll out...
And never forget to have fun! This is the most important ingredient to success.