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Yoga for Kids: Ages 11-14

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Course Overview

Kids ages 11 to 14 are invited to join Argos Gonzalez of Little Flower Yoga for this fun and thoughtful exploration of movement and yoga, emotional awareness, and mindfulness. There are five short (under 15-minute) classes in the program: Movement and Stillness, Five Elements of Yoga, Checking in With Our Bodies, Mindfulness: Here and Now, and Mindfulness: Kind and Curious. All of the classes combine movement and self-observation, giving the kids in your life the joyful experience of moving their bodies and pausing to notice how movement affects them, helping to develop their overall self-awareness.

In a gentle yet engaging way, Argos guides kids through exercises that encourage listening, focusing, chanting, and counting as well as games that develop balance, coordination, and breath awareness. He begins each class with a listening game and closes each class with an affirmation practice (about being happy, safe, healthy, and strong) that’s a little different each time.

This program is a great opportunity to introduce kids to yoga and mindfulness, or grow their skills if they are already flourishing yogis!

Certificate of completion

3 CEU’s Upon Completion

Self Paced Learning

Course Outline

1hr to complete

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Section 1
  • Argos begins this class by ringing a bell so kids can experience the contrast between sound and quiet. After that, he briefly shares the “three community agreements” so that kids know how to take care of themselves while they do these fun exercises. He then gets into the theme of this class—movement and stillness—with mountain pose (and an accompanying chant) and “wake up” movements for the whole body. Next come shaking and swinging movements, half sun salutations, and more. Throughout the class, Argos guides kids to pause in mountain pose to see how they’re feeling. The experience concludes with...
  • Yoga and mindfulness uses movement and stillness to help us explore what helps us feel steady. This session we'll explore yoga poses and mindful movement to find our inner steadiness.
  • Yoga and mindfulness uses movement and stillness to help us explore what helps us feel steady. This session we'll explore yoga poses and mindful movement to find our inner steadiness.
Section 2
  • This class is designed to increase mental and physical awareness, focus, and positive feelings. Opening with the sound of a bell and a brief centering practice, Argos explains what the five elements of yoga (connect, breathe, move, focus, and relax) are all about and how they can help kids learn about the different parts of their bodies and minds. They’ll listen to sounds near and far, do quiet breathing, coordinate their breath with seated movements, do a self-observation practice while looking at a cool toy Argos made with water and glitter, and relax in child’s pose. Argos closes the class with...
  • The Five Elements of Little Flower Yoga are Connect, Breath, Move, Focus, & Relax. In this session we explore each element to find activities that support our mind and body.
  • The Five Elements of Little Flower Yoga are Connect, Breath, Move, Focus, & Relax. In this session we explore each element to find activities that support our mind and body.
Section 3
  • After opening the class with the sound of a bell and a centering practice, Argos shares some thoughts about how kids can use yoga to connect with their feelings. Then, in mountain pose, he guides them through a short sensory awareness exploration, big self-hugging stretches, and a self-affirmation. He picks up the pace with a fun shaking and counting game called “crazy eights,” followed by a few prompts to help kids tune in to how they’re breathing and how they’re feeling, so they can learn more about how movement affects them. Argos closes the class with a hands-at-heart affirmation practice.
  • In this session we'll check in with our body using yoga and mindfulness activities. We'll explore different poses and movement to find resources withing ourselves.
  • In this session we'll check in with our body using yoga and mindfulness activities. We'll explore different poses and movement to find resources withing ourselves.
Section 4
  • After opening the class with the sound of a bell and a centering practice, Argos teaches kids what mindfulness (“paying attention with kindness and curiosity”) is all about. Then they'll explore this idea with balloon breathing, mountain pose with a fun chant, and tree pose, pausing occasionally to check in with how they’re feeling. They’ll finish the class with a “ball of energy” exercise, where they can send kind thoughts and ideas out into the world (and keep some for themselves, too!).
  • Mindfulness is paying attention your life here and now with kindness and curiosity. We'll explore being here and now while doing various yoga activities.
  • Mindfulness is paying attention your life here and now with kindness and curiosity. We'll explore being here and now while doing various yoga activities.
Section 5
  • This upbeat mindfulness practice begins with a quick review of what mindfulness is and a guided energy check, so kids can learn to notice how much energy they have. Then, they’ll learn breath of joy (which coordinates breath and movement) and do tree pose with some added balance challenges, before winding down with another energy check and an affirmation.
  • Mindfulness is paying attention your life here and now with kindness and curiosity. We'll explore being kind curious while doing various yoga activities.
  • Mindfulness is paying attention your life here and now with kindness and curiosity. We'll explore being kind curious while doing various yoga activities.

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Meet Your Teacher

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Argos Gonzalez
Argos Gonzalez is a teacher, lecturer, mindfulness teacher and yoga instructor. After immigrating with... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

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This course is entirely self- paced, allowing you to learn at your convenience.There are no imposed deadlines or time constraints for Course completion.
No prerequisites are required; this course is open to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice.
No, the course is accessible to all individuals interested in enriching their understanding and practice of yoga.Yoga teaching certification is not a prerequisite.

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