I don’t know about you, but I have been glued to the tv watching the Olympics! I love the gymnastics, swimming and volleyball! 😉 I found this great article on YogaInMySchool.com website and I just had to share it with my readers.. Check it out!
Every four years we celebrate athleticism, healthy competition, fair play and dedication with the world’s foremost sporting event…The Olympics. Here at YIMS we love playing Yoga Olympics with our kids. With the help of Alicia Watins, we’d like to share these fun, Summer Olympics inspired, kid-friendly yoga activities. So go ahead, cheer your fave athletes on their quest for GOLD, admire them for their dedication and determination, imitate their incredible skill and expertise, and remember it’s really not about winning, but about actively doing and giving your best each and every day.
The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. ~Olympic Creed
Supplies: A flashlight to act as the torch. Small dollar store or homemade medals one for each child.
This is a fabulous way of honoring Olympic athletes and the Olympic games ideals of healthy competition and always striving to do and be your best.
Begin the class with a torch relay where one child runs around the room with the torch and then passes it off to another child. Be sure everyone has a turn before placing the torch in a place of honor for the remainder of the games.
Using your creativity develop yoga-inspired activities which mimic Olympic events. The activities will differ depending on if it is the Summer or Winter Olympics. Be inventive and have fun. If you can’t think of anything ask the kids to come up with some ideas.
Finish with a medal ceremony where each child is awarded a medal for their hard work, determination, and spirit of fair play.
Summer Olympics Kids Yoga Suggestions
Thanks to Alicia Watins of Wee Warriors Yoga Playtime for these creative Olympic inspired, kids yoga activities.
Rowing (‘row boat’)
Sailing (‘sail boat’)
Hi Dive Breathing (swan dive)
Archery (from virabhadrasana 2, drawing arms back as if pulling on a bow; also can be done seated with legs)
Fencing (from Vira 2)
Tennis (improv: playing tennis. Torso rotation)
Badminton (improv: badminton. Torso rotation)
Weightlifting/Curls (from Tadasana, improv.)
Tae Kwondo/Judo (Horse stance, similar to Goddess. Do some Karate-like punches and chops)
Boxing (improv shadow boxing; smaller torso rotation)
Gymnastics/Rhythmic w/ribbons & hoops (I use ribbons attached to small hoops)
Equestrian (trotting & jumping or horse kicks)
Aquatics (swimming on belly – Crawl, Breast Stroke, Butterfly; on back – Back Stroke)
Synchronized Swimming (group in circle, perform poses in unison, adding in head twists, wrist snaps, leg kicks, etc.)
Cycling (prone cycling legs)
Olympic Torch Craft
What you’ll need:
- Tissue paper (reds, oranges, and yellows work best)
- Empty paper towel roll
- Markers for decoration (optional)
- Crumple the tissue paper into fun and/or flame-like shapes.
- Place a ring of glue on the inside of the paper towel roll to hold the tissue paper in place.
- Stuff the tissue paper into the roll. Secure any loose sheets with extra glue.
- Voila! You’re done! You can decorate the paper towel roll with markers, stickers or wrap in aluminum foil.
- We are the Champions by Queen
- Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
- Star Wars Theme
- Chariots of Fire
- Centerfield (Put Me In Coach) by John Fogerty
- I’ve Had the Time of my Life from the Dirty Dancin’ soundtrack (also redone by Glee!)
- Theme from Rocky (Gonna Fly Now) by Bill Conti
Olympic Guided Visualization
While in savasana, connect with your breath. Bring to mind something that you worked hard to accomplish (playing a song on the piano, scoring a goal, getting all your spelling words right, etc.) and how it felt to achieve your goal. Recognize their dedication and determination. Now, think of something you are working on currently (knowing the multiplication tables, baking a delicious cupcake, hitting a home run, etc.) See yourself successfully completing this goal. Imagine how it will feel, your sense of achievement and triumph, the knowledge that your resolve, persistence and practice paid off. [FOR TEENS: Envison the future, 5-10 years from now, and imagine some of the possible challenges you will face (paying the bills, getting an education, finding a satisfying job, developing rewarding relationships, etc.) See yourself successfully meeting these life tests and tasks, being happy, content and healthy in every aspect of your life.] Hold this picture of yourself and that wondrous sense of achievement and satisfaction of a job well done in your heart. Take it with you and remember that you deserve to feel that wonderful always, that you are strong, dedicated and successful at accomplishing all you set out to do.