Inspiration

Simple Ways to get Children to listen

Sophie Spoor

Simple Ways to get Children to listen

Introducing and teaching yoga to children is one of my favorite things to do. I love coming up with new and different ideas on how to actively and effectively engage children with yoga.  I want them to learn, be engaged, and have fun. As I am fully aware, an adult yoga class is not like a kids yoga class. Adults do yoga for many different reasons including all of the mental and physical benefits. Kids on the other hand, will definitely receive these benefits, but in the beginning their main desire to learn and try some new things and above...


How to get Kids to relax into Savasana

Sophie Spoor

How to get Kids to relax into Savasana

“Miss Sara, I can’t wait to do the “sleeping pose” again.”  Savasana often becomes the children’s favorite part of yoga class, which I think is incredible since it is the part of the class where they are not doing a thing. The children begin class so eager, excited, and full of energy. After moving and working their bodies in such good and healthy ways, they are truly ready for rest and relaxation. I tell my students that their bodies deserve this rest and that taking this time helps them repair and build the muscles they just worked. Please do not get the...


Parallel play and its importance for social and emotional skills

Sophie Spoor

Parallel play and its importance for social and emotional skills

Now I feel better when I see my toddler playing on her own, next to another toddler!   "Have you ever been to a playdate or to a park with toddlers and noticed that two kids start playing side-by-side in the sandbox, without interacting? If the answer is yes, then you’ve witnessed what child psychologists call parallel play. For this blog, we’ll dive into what parallel play is and why it is important for your child’s development during the second, third, and fourth year of his or her life. Parallel play describes when two kids start playing alongside each other...


Yoga for Kids: What Yoga Poses are best for My Child?

Sophie Spoor

Yoga for Kids: What Yoga Poses are best for My Child?

Parents always ask me for the best poses to suit their kids.. Then I found this good article, with a nice list of easy poses and benefits! “Yoga indeed has become a popular, mainstream alternative for exercise and fitness. Here in Los Angeles, hardly a day goes by that I don’t see people walking by with their Yoga Mats rolled up underneath their arms coming from or going to their Yoga class.  Most stay-home moms have picked Yoga up as well as their method of keeping fit and maintaining physical, mental and emotional balance. Upon seeing the apparent results most...


5 Kid-Friendly Animal Poses to Introduce Children to Yoga

Sophie Spoor

5 Kid-Friendly Animal Poses to Introduce Children to Yoga

Kids get into yoga because they're having fun. During my kids yoga classes, we move and make crazy sounds, as we get inspired by animals. That's why for each MiniYogi book, I chose one animal - which represents a yoga value. Let's see 5 poses here, inspired by animals - that you can explore at home! "You can count on animals to make yoga fun. Looking to introduce yoga to the young people in your life? There’s no better way than by showing them the poses named after animals. Encourage kids to roar in Simhasana (Lion Pose) or surf on their mats in Ardha...