Beyond Bones: Kids Yoga Poses and Philosophy From a Skeleton

This week I’ve been stalking the aisles of the Halloween section of my local stores.  There are a few big skeletons I’ve had my eye on and if they don’t get sold they will go on sale, usually 60 – 80% off.   Big skeletons are my new favorite prop in kids yoga class for the Halloween season.  Actually I brought my Skeleton into my adult class too and will start using it for more than a Halloween theme.

The rattling bones get kids attention. Its amazing how the concept of bones comes alive with a craft store skeleton.

A Skeleton Teaches More than Bones

But the big reason I like to use Skeletons in yoga is because it reminds me of my beloved teacher who taught me why I should not fear death.  More on that below.

a boy doing yoga on a pumpkin orange yoga mat

Halloween Yoga for Kids

I put together a little video from my front porch showing you some of the fun ways I use my skeleton in yoga class:

 

So you see why having a Skeleton is great! (Please “Like” the video if you got some tips from it.)

You may be surprised that the Skeleton is useful beyond Halloween. In our next modules of Kids Yoga Teacher training, the Themes and Dreams Certificate weekend, you get lesson plans based on the teaching of the meditation Master I studied from for 11 years.

Themes like why we do Yoga and why we Meditate.  They are simple explanations that kids get. Explanations beyond: it makes you healthy.  Even the teachers get more connected to their own practice when they hear the reasons explained in these kid friendly way.

Themes and Dreams Kids Yoga Teacher Training Certificate

I’m looking forward to teaching this on Nov. 9 – 10 because it was the first teacher training I developed for Young Yoga Masters and its a condensed and powerful weekend.

It brings the yogic teachings to life.

This yoga philosophy inspired me to follow my dreams.  It’s the reason why Young Yoga Masters became a reality.

One thing I see again and again:  the people taking the Kids Yoga Teacher Trainings are people who also want to bring their dreams to reality.  They want to live a life with meaning.  It motivates me to keep at my current dreams and aspirations even though, at times, they feel impossible.  Courage is a big part of doing yoga and meditation.

Proverb: “Most people tiptoe through life
trying to make it safely to death.”

Fearless Kids Yoga Teachers

My meditation teacher reminded us of our death all the time.  Why are you playing it safe, he would say, you’re heading for your grave anyway.  That’s the other reason why I like to bring the Skeletons into kids yoga class.  I want children to live fearlessly, not fearing even death. Can you imagine?

The January Training weekend is the Ages and Stages Certificate weekend with Janet Williams, where you look at anatomy for kids.  It feels like a true miracle that we even have life, when you appreciate all the body does for you.

Ages and Stages Kids Yoga Teacher Certificate

There are some big projects that I’m working on in Kids Yoga Training. I haven’t seen anyone else doing them so it is very exciting.  But it’s also easy to think, maybe no one is doing it because its not worth doing.

That’s where a good yoga class to get in my body and out of my head, and a playful romp with a skeleton reminds me that I don’t have that much to lose anyway.  I’d rather live my life following my passion, than tiptoeing to my grave.

What about you?

Upcoming Events

Become a Certified Kids Yoga Teacher

I encourage anyone with an interest in inspiring yourself to live big, and share that passion with the next generation to consider signing up for the upcoming weekend certificates or the full 95 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification.

Here is the link to the dates an info.  I’m sure you will feel uplifted by the experience and carry this fire of inspiration to those you meet.

I’d love to see you there.

Comments

  1. Sheri Dicks says:

    YES! We also have a class skeleton, he is called Mr Bones. He is a great tool for teaching poses as well as some Anatomy whereby the kids can actually see how their bones work. We love skeletons too!
    Sheri Dicks, Newfoundland

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