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!
Children love ball pits; however, it seems like a weird addition to an aerial yoga studio, right? Ball pits offer children opportunities to jump, swim, and hide. This fun sensory experience also has multiple therapeutic benefits and is a great addition to kid’s yoga classes.
Mindfulness. Ball pits offer opportunities to practice mindfulness. Hide a few smaller balls and have children use their tactile and visual skills to find the balls. This activity improves focus and concentration.
Cooperative Play. Ball pits can also encourage cooperative play and social skills when two children are working on an activity in the ball pit together.
Eye-Hand Coordination. If balls roll out of the ball pit then children are able to work on eye-hand coordination by throwing the balls back into the pit.
Relaxation. The ball pit at Mindful Child Aerial Yoga is made of soft material that offers a quiet place to breathe and be calm. Children love when we incorporate it into a sensory station.
Ball pits are a fantastic therapeutic tools to work on body awareness, motor planning, proprioception, and tactile input. Ball pits can provide endless therapeutic benefits! Children have the opportunity to exercise their sensory system all while being mindful, relaxed and most importantly, having FUN.
Teaching fun, therapeutic, aerial yoga and mindfulness to children