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Yoga for Kids: Ages 7-10

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Challenge Overview

Share the benefits of yoga with kids ages 7 to 10, or give them new classes to enjoy if they are already practicing! This Little Flower Yoga (LFY) program, led and developed by LFY founder Jennifer Cohen Harper, features fun approaches to strength building, mindfulness practices, breathing practices, and taking yoga off the mat and into everyday life. Your kid(s) will get five short (under 15-minute) classes that are sure to keep them engaged from start to finish.

A breakdown of these classes and their benefits:

Feeling My Strength: This class features boat pose variations and an affirmation practice of “I am so strong.” Along the way, Jennifer provides intermittent check-ins to keep kids present in both body and mind.

Kind Wishes: This class features a variation on a loving-kindness meditation practice. It’s designed to teach kids to feel loving toward others, even those who annoy them.

Bringing My Energy Up, Bringing My Energy Down: In this class, kids will learn how breathing techniques can help raise energy or lower energy levels when needed. The sequence includes equal-part breathing, breath of joy, and a four-count breath practice, all while standing tall in mountain pose.

Balanced and Steady: This class is designed to help kids tap into a sense of inner steadiness. It includes a high lunge flow that’s coordinated with the breath, a dynamic forward fold that includes “horse breath,” a slow countdown of ten breaths, and a kind-wishes practice.

Yoga at My Desk: The final class takes yoga off the mat by featuring simple yoga practices kids can do at their desks. It’s a reminder, as Jennifer puts it, that “The very best place to practice yoga is wherever you happen to be in the moment.”

We hope your kids enjoy these practices in the weeks, even years, to come!

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3 CEU’s Upon Completion

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Challenge Outline

1hr to complete

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Section 1
  • This short class is designed to help kids discover their strength. It begins with a breathing exercise and a few simple seated warm-ups. After that, Jennifer teaches boat pose variations before a concluding affirmation practice of “I am so strong.” And along the way, she provides intermittent check-ins to keep kids present in both body and mind.
  • Explore the sensations of your own strength with challenging movement including boat pose, and a focus activity that harnesses the power of self-talk.
  • Explore the sensations of your own strength with challenging movement including boat pose, and a focus activity that harnesses the power of self-talk.
Section 2
  • This short class is designed to teach kids to feel loving toward others, even those who annoy them. It begins with seated awareness practices: one where they will listen for the sound of a bell, followed by a breathing exercise. After that comes a seated warm-up, then a peaceful and sweet “kind-wishes” practice (a kid-friendly version of a loving-kindness meditation).
  • Gently move your body and connect with your breath. Then cultivate compassion for yourself and others with a lovingkindness meditation just for kids.
  • Gently move your body and connect with your breath. Then cultivate compassion for yourself and others with a lovingkindness meditation just for kids.
Section 3
  • In this class, kids will learn how breathing techniques can help raise or lower energy levels when needed. Class includes equal-part breathing, breath of joy, and a four-count breath practice, all while standing tall in mountain pose. It also includes intermittent energy-level check-ins so kids can gauge the effects of practice.
  • Your breath can be a powerful tool to help you energize when you need it, and settle down when you're ready, but only if you know how to use it! In this practice, you'll explore two different breathing practices and notice how they effect your body and your energy level.
  • Your breath can be a powerful tool to help you energize when you need it, and settle down when you're ready, but only if you know how to use it! In this practice, you'll explore two different breathing practices and notice how they effect your body and your energy level.
Section 4
  • This all-standing class is designed to help kids feel balanced and steady. It starts with centering in mountain pose. After that comes high lunge into a dynamic high lunge where they will be guided to move with their breath. Horse breath from mountain pose into a dynamic forward fold practice comes next. Then the class winds down with a countdown of ten slow breaths and closes with a kind-wishes practice.
  • Becoming more aware of your own body is an important part of taking care of yourself. In this practice, you'll explore how you're feeling with a short body scan, before moving through standing poses and a peaceful breathing practice.
  • Becoming more aware of your own body is an important part of taking care of yourself. In this practice, you'll explore how you're feeling with a short body scan, before moving through standing poses and a peaceful breathing practice.
Section 5
  • In this short class, Jennifer begins by saying that “The very best place to practice yoga is wherever you happen to be in the moment.” This particular practice is for when kids are at their desks. It includes slow and controlled neck rolls, finger wiggling, dynamic cactus arms, arm and shoulder shakes, easy twists, a gentle upper backbend, and more.
  • You don't need a mat to do yoga! This practice is perfect for taking a break from homework, computers, tablets and even art projects. Give your neck, shoulders and back a stretch, and your eyes a rest, with yoga right in your chair.
  • You don't need a mat to do yoga! This practice is perfect for taking a break from homework, computers, tablets and even art projects. Give your neck, shoulders and back a stretch, and your eyes a rest, with yoga right in your chair.

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Jennifer Cohen Harper
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