Yoga Pose Sequencing
Yoga Sequencing for Kids and Teens
I'll be adding a video on this topic soon, so stay tuned!
I've done this lesson with older kids (ages 9+) a few times and it is a lot of fun. We start by doing a lesson on the 6 directions that our spines can move:
- Lateral Right
- Lateral Left
- Twist Right
- Twist Left
Of course, we also need to know what a neutral spine is (sitting/standing tall with our natural curves).
Then we categorized all the poses that we know with the 6 direction categories (neutral, forward, backward, lateral, twist, +stabilizing core--that means your spine is in neutral but you need to utilize core strength to maintain it).
Here's what it looked like in my classroom:
After that, we determined additional categories that made sense for some of our additional poses: Balances, Hip Openers and Inversions.
After that, we discussed how each category of poses might make us feel. I referenced a little bit of the chakra energy, we looked at key words on the yoga pose cards, we tried a few poses and held them for a few breaths.
The key was finding words that capture a positive intent or energy of the poses.
We added those words on colored construction paper next to each category.
Finally, they got to create their own sequence!
They decided on a word, mood, or energy that they wanted to feel when doing the sequence, or a goal they wanted to accomplish.
Then they chose a pose from each category, added it to their packet, and created a sequence.
We talked about levels a little, and how to re-order their poses in a way that made sense physically.
Here's the packet. Hope you find it useful!