For this game, gather a group of a least four players, the bigger the group the better. It is played similar to “Simon Says,” but you say “Yogi Says” instead of “Simon Says” and your commands are related to yoga poses, breath work, and mindfulness. Explain to children that a yogi is someone who practices yoga. The players must do whatever yogi tells them, but only when he says “Yogi Says…” before the exercise. Otherwise the player is out. Allow children to take turns being the yogi. Like the majority of our games, it can be played on the ground, in an aerial hammock, or both.
Encourages yoga pose review & practice
Increases memory skills
Promotes focus and concentration
Enhances listening skills
Increase motor coordination
Helps with sequencing and executive function
What to Say
We are going play a game called Yogi Says!
I am going to be “Yogi”
If I say “Yogi says” before an activity, you do the activity, but if I don’t say “Yogi says” you do not do the pose or activity.
For example, when I say “Yogi says do Goddess Pose!” climb up to Goddess Pose.
If I don’t say “Yogi says,” and you do the pose you will be out.
Games are an important part of any kid’s yoga class and some of our most beloved childhood games have therapeutic benefits. Yogi Says is a simple and fun activity that requires no materials. It is the perfect game to address a variety of skills such as sequencing and motor coordination to help with your child’s development. We have a variety of classes and camps full of therapeutic benefits. Come hang out with us!
Aerial Butterfly Pose is a great pose to relax, meditate, and stretch out your hips. Did you know that flapping your arm wings takes coordination, core strength and communication between the brain and body?
Aerial Butterfly requires focus and strength to stay upright in the hammock, it is not suitable for children under age six. Parents are advised to spot children when doing this pose and to make sure they are practicing on a padded floor.
What are the Benefits of Aerial Butterfly Pose?
Increases body awareness and motor planning
Enhances executive function
Promotes focus and concentration
If children are not familiar with Butterfly Pose on the ground, I would first teach it on the ground so they understand how to form the butterfly legs in the hammock by gluing the soles of their feet together and taking their legs out wide. Additionally, when teaching for the first it helps to place the hammock low to the ground so that if children do fall forward it does not cause injury.
This pose is contraindicated for children with hip and knee injuries.
What to Say
We are going to be butterflies
Start with the fabric in front of you.
Make the hammock skinny like a jump rope.
Step onto the hammock.
Bring yourself to a standing position.
While standing in the hammock take your legs behind the fabric.
Glue the bottoms of your feet together.
Start to slide hands down the hammock.
Slide into butterfly legs.
Knees should be behind the hammock.
Reach one arm through and then the other.
You are a butterfly!
Want to learn more amazing aerial yoga poses? Join us for a class! We have both online and in person!
Teaching kids to have a growth mindset can be tricky. After all just telling kids to have a growth mindset usually doesn’t work. Instead, teach them that the brain is a muscle that can get stronger and change with challenging tasks. Emphasize the importance of hard work and problem-solving.
Games are a great way to teach tricky concepts to kids. Growth Mindset, Fixed Mindset adds yoga and a mindset twist on a classic game, Red Light, Green Light. Before you begin the game, provide an explanation of a fixed and growth mindset. A fixed mindset avoids challenges and assumes that abilities are fixed, frozen or unchanging. A growth mindset enjoys a challenge and sees failures as a way to learn and grow.
How to Play the Growth Mindset Game
Growth Mindset, Fixed Mindset is best played with four or more players, ages six and older. The leader stands at the front of the room. When she says, “Growth Mindset” players slowly move and grow toward the leader. When she says, “Fixed Mindset” players freeze in place in a yoga pose. The yoga pose can be predetermined by the leader or freestyle where players choose their own. The player who makes it to the leader first is the winner.
What are the Benefits?
Growth Mindset, Fixed Mindset builds executive function through play. Executive function plays a fundamental role in emotion regulation and impulse control. It helps kids reflect before they react. The growth mindset game also provides yoga pose review and enhances focus.
In summary, games are a great way to build self-regulation skills. For more movement ideas to support your child’s social and emotional development sign up for an aerial yoga class or our Mindful Child Teacher Training.
Teaching fun, therapeutic, aerial yoga and mindfulness to children