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    Yoga for Kids: Gardening + Guided Imagery

    Monique is here today with another inspiring addition to her Yoga for Kids series. This month we move our minds and our bodies to empowering visualizations of planting and caring for a garden.

    This month, I have gardening on my mind. It’s early yet to get the gardens ready in this neck of the woods but not too early to start some seeds and never too early to imagine!

    Enjoy this gardening Yoga sequence with the children in your life as you talk about and imagine working the land, preparing your gardens, and watching them grow.

    Yoga for Kids: Gardening + Guided Imagery

    If you would like recommendations for children’s books to read before doing the sequence, give these a try:

    Gardening Yoga Download

    Garden Yoga Sequence from Playful Learning

    One more thing…

    In recognition of Stress Awareness Month, I wanted to offer a little extra. As Emma from 95 Acres of Sky reminded us last month in this post, even the children in our lives can experience stress. Yoga is a terrific tool for alleviating stress, no matter what your age. Guided imagery and visualization are other powerful tools.

    Here is an example of a guided imagery that I learned years ago and my modified version to use with children:

    Healing Rainbow

    Whether you and your child use it to relieve stress or to help fall asleep, I hope you’ll find it as effective as my children and I do.

     

    Monique

    Monique Barker is an empowered mama, homeschooling superstar, and Early Intervention Specialist. Sharing her love of nature and healthy living keeps Monique creating rich learning experiences for students around the world. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine and a Counseling Certification from the University of New England. When she’s not mothering her three lovelies, Monique enjoys hiking, getting crafty, long days at the beach, and quiet time with her husband and cat at their home in Maine. You can enjoy more of her work over at, Green Acorns.

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    1. And…I agree that it is essential to teach some stress-relieving skills at an early age. When things get hard they can have a positive release. We all need that, whether it be yoga, a run, working in the yard, etc.

      1. Andrea, I’m so jealous that you could plant your garden in already! It’s wonderful that your children will have a hands-on experience to relate to when imagining that they are a growing seed.

      1. Donna Freeman, thank you so much! I agree… children do respond so positively to a kineasthetic learning approach. I’d love to see more schools incorporating throughout all grades.

    2. I love your website, thank you! I will begin teaching kids yoga this fall in Denver schools and will visit your site often for more inspiration and ideas.

      1. Thank you, Ellie! I hope the children you teach will enjoy it as much as the children I work with. It’ll be especially beneficial during the winter months when it’s harder to get outside during the school day.

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