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Top 5 Tips to Help Kids Yoga Balance

This topic was inspired by a helpful kids yoga question tweeted by Mrs. Z’s #1stgradeyogis in Michigan…

Do you have any tips to help us balance better?”

 

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Mrs. Z’s #1stgradeyogis doing Eagle Pose (Garudasana)

These talented first graders and their creative, tech savvy teacher have been tweeting about their experiences with Sing Song Yoga and we’re loving it! Thank you @MrsZFabFirsties for sharing your yoga experiences of kids yoga with us and the world! Thank you also for the inspiration for this post!!

Some simple tips to help you balance in your favorite kids’ yoga poses…

1. Know that it’s okay to fall over.  When I was first learning to do headstand, I was unsure about moving my pose away from the security of the wall. However, once my instructor mentioned that it’s okay to fall when trying headstand in the middle of the room, I gave it a shot and never turned back! Now it’s a favorite of mine!  Sometimes children (and adults) simply need to know that it’s okay to lose their balance and fall.  Taking the pressure off can sometimes be all the support they need to feel success in a balancing pose.

2. Try to look at one spot in front of you.  Fix your relaxed gaze on something that is not moving.  To experience how helpful our eyes are when balancing try this:  Before doing a balancing pose, experiment with the kids having them close their eyes while in Mountain Pose (Tadasana).  Even Mountain Pose feels wobbly with our eyes closed.  Then compare how Mountain feels with their eyes open.  Then do Tree Pose (Vrksasana) and compare the different experiences of first, moving your eyes all over the room and second, keeping your eyes fixed on one spot.  Might be fun to illustrate the comparing/contrasting experiences with a Venn Diagram in the classroom, with some interactive or shared writing.

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Mrs. Z’s #1stgradeyogis doing Tree, Big Butterfly and Flower

3. Hold your arms out to the side like a tightrope walker.  Children tend to do this naturally, but you can also discuss this with them.  You could also, for example, do Eagle Pose (Garudasana) twice. Once with their arms wrapped together in front of their chest and once with their arms out to the side.  And ask the kids which feels easier. Answers will likely vary but it’s powerful to feel these differences within their own bodies.

4. Start at the ground and move up.  Focus first on having strong balanced feet (or whatever body part is on the ground). Try to distribute weight evenly between the front and back and between the inside and outside of each foot.  Oftentimes when yogis are attempting a balancing pose, they don’t even notice that they are holding their feet crooked and half off the ground because they are so focused on balancing. So again it can be helpful to experiment with Mountain Pose (Tadasana). Close the eyes for a moment to feel how the weight changes within their feet as they wobble.  Try to keep from falling over by focusing on the feet remaining flat on the floor.  And once they open their eyes try to keep their attention on their feet while they steady their balance.  Then try to re-balance the feet before beginning the next balancing pose.  Closing the eyes allows us to attempt to focus more clearly on other balancing systems that we are less likely to notice when our vision is being used — in this case the feet (and vestibular system).

5. Imagine that you’re floating up.  Next time the kids are doing a balancing pose have them imagine that they are really light and nearly weightless — maybe even that their foot is glued to the earth with hardly any gravity.  This one in particular is not based in anything I’ve learned, only in what I’ve experienced.  So give it shot.

Bonus:  And just for fun try thinking about your belly button while balancing.  It seems to help sometimes — and if not, it tends to bring on giggles 🙂 Thank you James Fry for this one!

Please send your kids’ yoga questions to Sing Song Yoga’s

Twitter or Facebook using #ssykidsquestions

 

See this link for an outline of the Simple Process for Creating and Saving a Kids’ Yoga Balancing Sequence within the Sing Song Yoga App

Balancing Sequence Sing Song Yoga App

Creating Balancing Sequence within the Sing Song Yoga App

 

For more info:

DVD: http://www.singsongyoga.com/childrens-yoga-dvd/

App: http://www.singsongyoga.com/kids-yoga-app/

school program: http://www.singsongyoga.com/school-program/

This entry was posted on Sunday, October 19th, 2014.
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Kids Yoga App – Create and Save Your Own Animal Sequence

So much fun to be a Yogi Artist within the Sing Song Yoga app for kids, creating masterpiece sequences to enjoy again and again!  Here is a quick pic tutorial on creating and saving an Animal Sequence with your kids or students! Have a blast!

kids yoga app sing song yogaLike a yogi painter… Create!!  Press, hold and drag animal poses to the Sequence Canvas while keeping these guidelines in mind.  Each pose is color coded within the app. The color at the top of each pose picture indicates the influence each pose has on the nervous system:

  • yellow = neutral
  • red = energizing    
  • blue = calming

It is most often recommended to order the poses in this way

  • neutral or energizing poses (beginning)
  • energizing poses (middle)
  • calming poses (ending… Savasana is most often the last pose).

kids yoga app sing song yoga   Press Save icon on the bottom of the home screen and name your sequence.

 

kids yoga app sing song yogaFind your saved sequences behind the home screen by pressing the “saved” icon in the top left of the home screen.  And return to your custom sequence anytime you wish! Have fun and let us know if you have any questions or ideas!  And we would love to hear about some of your Animal Sequence creations on our Facebook page or on Twitter.

 

For more info:

DVD: http://www.singsongyoga.com/childrens-yoga-dvd/

App: http://www.singsongyoga.com/kids-yoga-app/

school program: http://www.singsongyoga.com/school-program/

This entry was posted on Sunday, September 28th, 2014.
Posted in Kid's Yoga Sequences, Sing Song Yoga.
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Sing Song Yoga® Kids Yoga App Update Live in App Store

Sing Song Yoga® For Kids… Take Two!!

We are excited to announce that our kids yoga app update is available in the Apple App Store!  We want to be sure you enjoy the benefits of the improvements:

  • Bugs squashed
  • Improved stability and performance with iOS7 integration
  • Simplified usability

NEW: kids yoga app

The above pic illustrates an example of one of the simplified features in our kids yoga app – the Available Purchases page. While our Packages remain the most economical deal for purchasing, this new page more clearly displays the options for you, to best meet the needs of your family or classroom.   We’re so grateful for our talented developers and love this gorgeous and functional new “Available Purchases” page!

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And, another example of the simplified features —  If you do not own all of the poses and sequences, those you do own will move to the left so you can find them easily.

 

We are so excited to make these improvements available to better serve you and your young yogis! Thank you for your continued support and loyalty for Sing Song Yoga! We are so grateful for you!  If you’re not yet following us on Facebook and Twitter now’s a great time to hop on board 🙂

Look forward to sharing more soon,

Deb

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014.
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Top 6 Kids Yoga Poses for Bedtime: a calming sequence

Ahhhh!  Summer is here.  After long lovely days at the beach, at the ballpark, on the playground and running around the neighborhood, kids tend to remain wired when heading to bed.  Unless of course a calming activity is deliberately infused into the routine leading up to bedtime.

One such activity can be a short series of kids yoga poses.  Here are top 6 yoga poses for helping your child begin to calm their bodies and minds — in as little as 8 minutes. These poses also happen to be the included poses in the free Sing Song Yoga App.  So enjoy – and let us know what you think!

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Sailboat begins the series during which your child will twist around the straight spine, which has a neutral effect on the nervous system.

 

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Next comes Half Butterfly.  Forward folds have a calming effect on the nervous system and the one bent leg opening up the hip adds to the calming effect.

 

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Fish pose is a lovely night time yoga pose to add to our sequence.  We tend to hold stress in our hips, so allowing our legs to relax out to the sides enhances the relaxation effect.  Open up the chest and allow your head to relax back and look behind you (slightly different than the picture). This multifaceted pose works beautifully to continue the calming effect.

 

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Bridge pose is an inversion well known for its calming effect on the nervous system.  This kids’ yoga pose can also be used anytime you have an extra minute during your day to give your child an extra sense of calm. Great, of course, for moms and dads too!

 

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Deadbug pose adds a final dose of a calming response before the big finale! Your child can even add the hum of the bug to enhance the relaxation. Hearing the humming sound within one’s own head can also double the calm for some children.

 

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Savasana is the final yoga pose in this series and the granddaddy of the relaxation poses.  Encourage your child to lie flat on his or her back, close the eyes and imagine themselves floating on a cloud allowing their bodies to completely relax.  For preparing for bedtime, it can also be helpful for your child to do savasana right in their bed and then allow themselves to drift softly into dreamland!  Ahh! Now mom and dad can slip off for their own quiet time.

 

 

If you would like to learn the songs and more in-depth directions to these Sing Song Yoga kids yoga poses, check out the award-winning Sing Song Yoga App in the iTunes Store. The above poses are the free ones at launch. Or see our website to order the DVD.

To see a fun White Board Animation about our program click here!

Sing Song Yoga Kids Yoga App video animation

 

 

 

 

 

 

This entry was posted on Saturday, June 21st, 2014.
Posted in Benefits of Yoga, Kid's Yoga Sequences, Parenting, Sing Song Yoga.
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Sing Song Yoga Kids Yoga App Awarded Top App of the Year 2014

We are feeling the love and are grateful for the honor as our Sing Song Yoga kids yoga app has been named the “2014 Top App of the Year Award” in the “Apps for Healthy Habits” category by Creative Child Magazine!  Thank you heaps to the over 100 reviewers, made up of educators and parents, who put their hearts, time and expertise into reviewing our app.  We love that others are finding such value in our first-of-its-kind kids yoga app, which makes our beloved Sing Song Yoga program completely customizable for the user.

Sing Song Yoga iPhone & iPad App

The Sing Song Yoga App allows the user to customize his or her own yoga experience by selecting either:

  • one of the 39 preprogrammed Sing Song Yoga Sequences or
  • individual kids yoga poses

kids yoga app Sing Song Yoga App

Each of the preprogrammed SSY Sequences have an end in mind.  Some of the more popular sequences are the “Bedtime Sequence,” the “Athlete’s Sequence” and the “I am Powerful Sequence.”

The free download includes one free sequence and 6 free poses.  This helps the user know if it’s a good fit for them before purchasing either a package, sequences or poses.

One fun feature to highlight is that kids love saving their own sequences with their names in them:

kid yoga app Sing Song YogaThank you for checking out our kids yoga app.  You can search kids yoga or Sing Song Yoga in the Apple App Store or simply click on Sing Song Yoga app here. For more information on our kids’ musical yoga program go to our Sing Song Yoga for kids yoga website.

 

Thank you Creative Child Magazine for the recognition!  We are truly grateful for the honor!  See this post for the process that goes into selecting the award winners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014.
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