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Keep Your Kids Mindfully Entertained

I had the honour to teach Yoga to kids at the American School In Japan's Summer Day Camp this past summer of 2021. Three weeks of constant teaching, 5 hours a day, 756 Japanese kids! That was intense, but super fun!



You ask - How do kids to Yoga??? It seems such a mature activity requiring calm and reflection, all opposite to kids' nature. Well, it doesn't have to be! Modern yoga offers a wide range of ways for kids to learn yoga physically and mentally. Most of them are adapted in a way that kids would just naturally and curiously try.


In this short article I'm bringing to you a few tools for your children to start the mental yoga: by colouring and crafting. This could be done anywhere - at home, at a restaurant while waiting for food, at the park. Hopefully this will keep them mindfully entertained! Drop me a note below and let me know how it goes.


 
Gratefulness Fingers

You can do the first exercise called Gratefulness Fingers together with your kids. Ask them to think about 5 things they feel grateful about and write them on the finger drawing in the sheet below. Help them with cutting the hand out and make it a piece of art!


Gratefulness Fingers
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Mandala Colouring

Print these out for your kids to carry them around of a few colour pencils. Mandala Colouring could be done anywhere! Mandala is a circular figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism. Mandala colouring is in fact a meditation techniques, which I myself do on a regular basis. People who colour mandalas often experience a deep sense of calm and well-being. Mandala colouring not only focuses your kids' attention but also allows them to express their creative side.


I found these amazing mandala drawings on www.yummiyogi.com. They have a lots more if your kids get bored of the 5 yoga poses below. And I bet, adults would sometimes love them too!


Downward Dog
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Tree pose
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Low lunge
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Warrior 2
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Warrior 3
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Hope it helps! Let me know how your kids like it and how it helps you keep them entertained. If you want your kids to a physical yoga class, you know where to find me!


Love,

beetee

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