Resources for Kid’s Yoga and Mindfulness!
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Teaching kids yoga is hard! If you haven’t yet, read the info on the Start Here page!
If you’re ready to find the best and most essential tools I use to teach student-focused yoga classes to my public school kids, you are in the right spot.
I use all of these tools and highly recommend them. I hope you enjoy them as well!
Yoga Cards for Teaching to Kids
My own most-used cards are these digital cards that I created with the help of an amazing artist,
These pose cards were created specifically for Kumarah Yoga, since the populations of kids at my school are more diverse, I wanted cards with images that reflect who my students are. You’ll find more students of color, kids with headdresses, hijab, different hair styles, and clothing. Check them out here.
(These are Found on Amazon!)
These are my new favorite cards, hands down! The drawings and images are SO beautiful. The colors are bright, the kids are multicultural, the backgrounds are adorable. I just LOVE them. They are super sturdy cards, and slightly larger as well (like the Yogi Pretzels). The poses are little different, too, so it was nice to get this one for the variety of cards. It was great for promoting more storytelling with new pose names for each letter!
This was one of the first sets I got as a public school teacher, and it has continued to be a favorite for me and my students. I also got the poster and matching book, and there is something super appealing about the images for my kiddos. I think it’s the cute designs that aren’t too complicated, and set on mostly white backgrounds. Plus they are all verticle, which gives them a nice unified look when you are setting them out to make sequences. That’s a small detail that brings me joy!
This is another favorite set. I actually use this one most frequently with my older students (ages 8-12) because the poses and pose names are the most similar to adult poses. They are a set created by famous yogi Baron Baptiste, so that makes sense. These cards are super durable, they are slightly larger than most other sets, and the colors and images are really easy to look at. There are adjectives around the edges which help describe how you might feel doing each pose.
These cards are super cute, hand-drawn and have good image backgrounds. Each pose is in the deck twice (once just the image, the other with a description). They all have the same blue design on the back, which means my kids can play “Yoga Memory,” a great game! They also have some cute cardboard dice that work well for individuals or small groups to use. They are not very durable quality, though, and many of mine have gotten ripped and bent from constant use by elementary students, so keep that in mind. Still a great set!
Our favorite books for teaching kids yoga and mindfulness:
I have been using this smaller Hoberman Sphere as a breathing ball ever since I started teaching. It is an excellent visual way to teach deep belly breathing for kids. They love using it themselves and leading the class with deep breaths. I have purchased several over the years to keep them focused and help them calm down too. There are several varieties and colors, and it has LONG been a goal of mine to own the larger sized ball, too, it’s really neat!
A nice sounding bell, like these beautiful Tibetan singing bowls, is a must for anyone who wants to work on mindfulness with their kids or students. I like these best because they have a lovely pitch, not too high, and when you strike them they sound for a long time. I ring the bell to start class and the kids are instructed to listen until they can no longer hear the sound. It’s a wonderful way to tune them in and prime their brains and ears for careful listening.
I have a lower sounding bowl that correlates with the 4th Chakra, or the heart, (top image) and a medium-high pitched bowl (I think it’s related to the Solar plexus or 3rd chakra) as well. There are lots of bowls to choose from, but these two are my favorite!
Finally, my ULTIMATE wish list of mindfulness singing bowls would be to get the complete set of seven hand-hammered singing bowls, one to correlate with each of the seven chakras of the body. I believe very strongly in the power of sound and the relation of pitches and vibrations to healing.
It’s an expensive set, but I have one of the bells by the company already and I know they are high quality. If you have the money for it, I say buy it! I have dreams of doing a yoga lesson on each chakra to match with each bowl… then adding in colors, smells, poses, and guided visual imagery to match. I’ll let you know if I ever get that accomplished 🙂 🙂
If you are a teacher of kid’s yoga and you need to supply the yoga mats, this is the set you need! You can get 10 per pack and they are the cheapest I have found anywhere! They are good quality, they don’t smell, and they are decently squishy. They don’t get dirty or broken too quickly, given that my students use them every day and are pretty tough on them. These are definitely the yoga mats to get for your students for a great deal. You can get them in a pack of one color too, if you want to avoid the fighting over favorite colors, haha.
If you are in a classroom, library, or another space that does not have quite enough room for a bunch of yoga mats, check out these velcro Sit Spots. I stick them on my carpet in a circle and it gives every kid a visual of where they need to keep their body.
Even if it’s one foot on your circle during warrior 1, they are so helpful! I personally like the circles best, but they have a few different shapes and colors. They are super sticky, too, which is great.
If you have found any kids yoga cards online (Like the Kids Yoga Cards for the Perfect Yoga Flow), you may want to print them off at some point. If and when you do, definitely get this laminator so that you can keep those cards nice and usable for a long time!
Resources for Yoga and Self Care!
This is the easiest, safest, and most effective way to get yourself into an inversion, fast! You can use it immediately for amazing results. If you’ve been working on an inversion for a little while and still feel nervous about injuries or falling, this is the perfect tool for you. Check out my full post here, and buy your own inversion stand today!
I bought this yoga swing as another way to get myself into inversions regularly. It absolutely works for that but also helps me workout in so many more ways! I use it for flexibility, lunges, push-ups “pull ups” and so much more. It was absolutely worth the money, especially since going to just two or three aerial classes is already more expensive. I love hanging upside safely and releasing ALL the tension from my neck, back, and hips. Get yours NOW!