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Don't get bogged down in the spiritual or enlightenment aspects of yoga when doing yoga with children. The goal for children should be to have fun with yoga, so they associate physical activity with fun and feeling good about themselves. Resist any urge to tell children how they should feel in a given pose; just let them move.
Take advantage of the fact that many yoga poses have animal names, such as Cobra, Downward-facing Dog, Fish, and Crow. Encourage children to make animal noises as they explore these poses and other poses, and invite them to pretend that they are dogs, cobras, or other animals, and ask them to think about how these animals move.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|