Hey you, with the pumpkin latte! Looking for some new ideas for your kids’ yoga class?
With a few props and lots of imagination, you can turn your everyday class into a Scary (but mostly fun and silly) Halloween Adventure. Grab a witch’s hat and some black and orange striped socks, and let’s g21973796745_3c6b0a926c_zo!

If you like, start with some ambiance – use a black light, or maybe some pumpkin or orange colored string lights, and have some spooky music playing softly in the background. Put your mats in a circle, get out your caldron (they have plastic ones at most craft stores, but you certainly don’t need an actual caldron when you’ve got a perfectly good imagination!) and make up a batch of Yucky Witch’s Brew.

Recipe for Witch’s Brew: bat wings, toad warts, goblin hair, snake skin, etc. – ask the kids what icky things they’re putting in their brew. While sitting in Easy pose, reach up high for the witch toenails, grab the spider eggs from the top of the shelf, dump it all in, mix it all around, and then mix it some more the other way. Pour it into a goblet, and enjoy!

Below are some more ways to Halloween-ize your class:

Meditation: In our everyday class, we talk about calming our Monkey Minds or Koo Koo Head. In Halloween Yoga class, we talk about the creepy bugs and spiders crawling around in our heads (eeew!!!) and how we’ll get them to be still with meditation.

Focus/concentration: Have the kids gaze at a pumpkin placed in the middle of the circle, or give each child a tiny pumpkin to hold in his/her hands. Ask them to think about the shape, the color, and the way the pumpkin feels as they breathe slowly in and out.

Asanas Time to get creative! There are some “real” yoga poses that are Halloween themed, like Owl, Cat, and Spider. The rest you can have fun making up as you go along! There’s no right or wrong way to do Pumpkin, Ghost, Mummy, or Monster pose. Depending on the age of the students, this would be a good time to teach Crow pose! (I have a bendy toy skeleton I use to illustrate some of the poses, he becom12047210_10204958093140021_892168366_nes my “assistant” for the class)

Fill a plastic Jack-o-lantern with pictures of different Halloween characters — I just used Halloween stickers on small pieces of paper — and have the kids come up one by one to pick (Trick-or-Treat!). They can show the class what they picked and then lead everyone in the pose, or they can do the pose and everyone else has to guess what they are.

“Full Moon” Salutation:
Spider fingers up (raise arms to Extended Mountain)
Zombie forward fold (Ragdoll)
Jump back into Skeleton (Plank)
Witch’s hat (Downward Dog)
Slithery snake (Cobra)
Witch’s Hat
Jump forward
Zombie
Spider fingers up

Songs/Games:
Monster Freeze Tag – Play the Monster Mash (or another Halloween song) and have the kids walk around as the monster of their choice (Frankenstein, mummy, ghost, etc.). When the song is paused, they freeze in their favorite ghoulish pose.

Five Little Pumpkins – Act out this favorite Halloween poem using Gate pose and some creativity!

Pass the Pumpkin – Use a small orange ball and pass it around the circle using feet only. Or, pass it around like a game of Hot Potato – when the music stops, the person holding the “pumpkin” does a pose of their choice.

Read a Halloween children’s book and act it out.

Pranayama:
Ghost breath – Breathe in through 13092755395_4fa3dca47b_zyour nose, breathe out, “Ooooooooooooooooo!”
Monster breath (like Lion breath) – breathe in through your nose, breath out with a scary roar!

And, of course, don’t forget Corpse Pose (Savasana) at the end!
Happy Halloween!

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We stand with you, our Black family. At Kidding Around Yoga, we are a worldwide multicultural community committed to bringing the teaching of yoga to children and families worldwide. Our aspirations have always been to treat all humans with dignity, respect and care. We recognize that aspirations and intentions are different from impact. Our good intentions have not diminished the impact of our lack of understanding. We acknowledge the harm experienced by Black people and people of color within our organization. We have been blind to the ways in which white supremacy culture has been at play within our materials, structures and communications. We are deeply humbled and saddened to start to realize the extent to which BIPOC have been harmed, undersupported, ignored, dismissed, asked to perform emotional labor for free, and otherwise not held in the ways we aspire to hold everyone. We appreciate those who continued to point out to us our blindspots, even when we failed to listen or honor the wisdom they were bringing. We apologize. We know it is not enough. We are committing to strengthening our anti-racist actions, to continue looking deeper into our structures and personal biases, and to make ongoing changes to embody the teachings of yoga.

This is a time to wake up, to speak up, to stand up. This is a time to fight for what is right and educate those who are still in the dark. Every Black life matters. We all recognize that these are not new issues, but this IS a new opportunity to be allies and agents of change, in large and small ways. Let us not hide from this challenge or wait for someone else to do the heavy lifting. We each have a voice and a responsibility to fight for a better, more just and peaceful world. Join us as we listen, as we learn, as we change, and as we do what we do best: share the ancient and powerful practice of yoga and meditation with children across the globe.

In addition to the ways in which KAY supports bringing yoga to all children, we specifically recognize and commit to the following:

► Our materials and content need to be reviewed and updated. Some existing content contains ideas or themes rooted in racist structures we are now becoming aware of. These have caused harm and discrimination, and we are committed to a thorough review and action steps. We will give updates as to our actions regarding these materials.

We also recognize that we have not fully understood what cultural appropriation of yoga looks like. We understand that, in certain instances, we have used yoga in a way that has diminished its roots and caused harm to the culture from which it arises. We are undergoing a deep review of our materials and marketing, in this light, and will give updates as to our actions as a result of this review.

We also recognize that asking our Black teachers to share what they are doing to guide themselves through these “trying times” was felt as insensitive by many teachers. It was not our intention to cause harm in this way, but we understand how this is emotional labor, and that teachers need to be compensated for this. We will compensate any teachers we call upon to support us in this process.

We acknowledge the lack of Black leadership within KAY, and are actively expanding the leadership team to include and elevate Black wisdom and voices. This week, we are delighted to welcome Shawandra Ford and Camelia Brown onto the leadership team. We will continue to expand our team in the coming weeks.

We are revamping our KAY4ALL training to include specific anti-racist training. We will make it mandatory and included for all trainees and trainers. Meanwhile, KAY Leadership is undergoing anti-racist trainings themselves, which will be ongoing.

We are in the process of allocating resources to support scholarships for BIPOC trainees, to fund classes in underserved communities, and to offer financial support to organizations upholding anti-racism and helping make yoga accessible and available to BIPOC families.

In order to move forward and accomplish the mandates listed above, we have created a Justice Task Force. The JTF will identify and implement the changes needed within KAY. The JTF consists of seasoned and new team leaders committed to serving to create an anti-racist culture within our organization.

We will be adding tasks to the list, as we grow and evolve in our understanding of what needs to be done. We hope you will join us in doing this work in your own lives.

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