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Yoga for Kids: Ages 3-6

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Challenge Overview

Kids ages three to six are invited to join Mayuri Gonzalez of Little Flower Yoga for this fun and engaging exploration of mindfulness, yoga poses, and breathing practices. This program includes five short (under 15-minute) classes: a core-focused class, a relaxation and restoration class, a sun salute practice, a balance-themed class, and a “move and freeze” class that provides a fun way for kids to get comfortable with finding stillness.

Mayuri keeps the classes lighthearted and fun by incorporating singalongs as she breaks down the practices and their benefits in kid-friendly ways. She also includes lots of repetition to enhance the learning experience. This is the perfect opportunity to get the kids in your life started with a yoga practice, or to give them new practices to enjoy if they are already little yogis!

Certificate of completion

3 CEU’s Upon Completion

Self Paced Learning

Challenge Outline

1hr to complete

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Section 1
  • This engaging class will get your little one(s) using their core strength. They’ll begin with a few awareness practices to get centered, including one that utilizes the sound of a bell. After that they’ll play their way toward boat pose with preparatory practices, then gradually transition into the pose by lifting one leg at a time, and then both. After boat pose comes a few seated forward bends from “criss-cross” pose before a wind down with belly breathing (from seated and savasana) before a concluding affirmation practice. There will be plenty of interactive moments and Mayuri keeps it light...
  • Boat pose is a fun way to strengthen your core and challenge your balance. Join us for this fun yoga practice where we explore this yoga posture playfully together and have a little time to rest too!
Section 2
  • This relaxing practice is designed to help your kids feel calm anytime. It’s great for when they have a little too much energy, or need to settle down before bed. Class starts with cat-cow pose, rolling cobras, and a seated “flying stretching sleeping butterfly” practice that involves singing. After that, Mayuri guides a visualization practice where your little one(s) will imagine a butterfly landing in their hands. They’ll eventually lie down “next to” their butterfly, closing their eyes, resting, and feeling their breath. Finally, once the relaxation practice is over, they’ll close with a short...
  • Sometimes our body has too much energy and it can be hard to settle down. Try this yoga session any time you need to calm down a little bit or before bed to help prepare your body for a good nights rest.
Section 3
  • This short class will teach your kid(s) how to practice a sun salute. Class begins with a centering exercise that includes a breathing practice (balloon breath). After that, Mayuri shares the five poses of the sun salute (cobra, plank, downward dog, mountain pose, and standing forward bend) before teaching them all together in a fun and easy flow. Mayuri closes class with a simple breath exercise from criss-cross pose.
  • Flowing from pose to pose can be fun once you learn the basics! In this mini yoga session, you will learn five core yoga postures and then put them together into a sun salutation sequence using a fun chant.
Section 4
  • In this class, Mayuri will teach your little one(s) how to feel steady and balanced. Class begins standing, with the sound of a bell and a short breath practice. Next comes mountain pose, stomping, hops, and more—all with the goal of increasing sensory awareness of the feet. After that comes “frog jumps,” tree pose, finger squeezes (a centering practice), and a final savasana.
  • Sometimes it can feel like everything is swirly whirly and we need some steadiness. In this yoga session we will ground our body and burn some energy by playfully exploring sensations in our feet, jumping like a frog, and exploring our balance in tree pose. Come play and breathe!
Section 5
  • This class involves moving and freezing to help kids learn how to be the “masters of their bodies.” After a centering practice and a short warm-up, Mayuri breaks down the poses that your little one(s) will be practicing: mountain pose, star pose, child’s pose, and downward dog. Then, after that comes the move and freeze practice where she’ll get them to work with these poses to both release energy and find stillness. The practice winds down in criss-cross pose, where Mayuri invites your kid(s) to see if they can sit still for ten seconds. Finally, class concludes in savasana.
  • In this yoga session you will explore both movement and stillness as you challenge your body to be still and steady as we make different shapes with our body together.

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Mayuri Gonzalez
Mayuri Gonzalez is a nationally recognized presenter, trainer, and instructor in mindfulness and children's... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

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This challenge is entirely self- paced, allowing you to learn at your convenience.There are no imposed deadlines or time constraints for Challenge completion.
No prerequisites are required; this challenge is open to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice.
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