Yoga for Kids: Gardening and Guided Imagery

April 4, 2013

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

Monique is an Early Intervention Specialist and currently a stay-at-home, home-educating mom to three children ages 5, 8, and 10 years old. She and her family live in beautiful coastal Maine. Monique loves creating playful learning experiences with and for children, especially ones that encourage a love of nature and a healthy lifestyle.
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12 Comments

  1. Tricia said on April 4, 2013 #

    Hi! This is wonderful!! I can’t wait to try this with my girls! Pinning and sharing on FB! :)

    • Monique B said on April 4, 2013 #

      Thank you, Tricia. I hope your girls have fun with it!

  2. Andrea Davis said on April 4, 2013 #

    Just planted in the garden yesterday. This looks awesome. Will be doing this with my 4 kiddos this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Andrea Davis said on April 4, 2013 #

    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.

    • Monique B said on April 5, 2013 #

      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.

  4. Martha said on April 5, 2013 #

    I am growing a TickleMe Plant that seems to go into a
    yoga like position when you Tickle It. I found the kit to
    grow your own here. http://www.yogaplants.com To relax
    I often pretend to be a TickleMe Plant after it is tickled!

  5. Donna Freeman said on April 14, 2013 #

    What a lovely sequence – I’ll be sharing on Yoga In My School and Kids Yoga Academy. I love connecting seasons and change in nature to kids yoga classes. The kids respond so well to the kineasthetic learning approach and connect to their bodies, minds via the breath & movement. Here is a post which help liken personal growth to planting a garden http://yogainmyschool.com/2010/06/07/planting-seeds-of-personal-growth-in-lifes-garden/

    • Monique B said on June 6, 2013 #

      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.

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  8. Ellie said on June 4, 2013 #

    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.

    • Monique B said on June 6, 2013 #

      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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