From the Founder of Asana Alphabet Yoga for Kids, Ann Robideaux, c. 2016
I don’t often design kids yoga classes around commercialized characters, as we can get much more authentic in our kids yoga practice than talking about the wonders of Disney (of course there are others, but most of my young students seems to mention Disney characters and stories the most). Some schools we bring kids yoga to explicitly say they do not want ANY lesson plans using commercialized characters. BUT, a yoga teacher recently asked if I had ever done a Star Wars yoga class (no I have not), but if I was going to, I’d probably add these few things in. You know, sometimes meeting kids where they are at with what they already like is one way to entice them to start yoga in the first place.In the end, yoga is about being happier, and if Star Wars is the way to get you there, so be it.:
—Take long deep breaths…loud through your nose like Darth Vadar. These are good breaths though!
—Explore Warriors, 1, 2, 3 and Peaceful War with positive energy lightsabers.
—Meditate like yoda in the mountains.
–Practice half-moon rising and crescent moon poses as you explore the galaxies.
—Inhale turn your head left and exhale turn your head right like R2D2 (Kundalini Yoga inspired here)
As a small but important note here, I personally call yoga poses by their given names ALWAYS. So for instance, I may say, “take giant warrior 1 steps like Chewbacca” but I would never say, “do Chewbacca Yoga Pose”. Let’s keep yoga authentically yoga please.
So after creating a few quickie ideas, I turned to Ye Olde Google Search and wasn’t surprised to find some great Star Wars Yoga Cartoons as well as a fun kids yoga video on that theme. If you teach Star Wars Yoga to kids, let me know how it goes. If you want to learn more fun ways to engage children in real yoga, come train with Asana Alphabet. Our next basic trainings are in NJ and Arkansas as well as a Baby Specialty training in NYC this May. Namaste!