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The Yoga Sprouts method is designed to share the benefits of yoga with young children and their caregivers.
Developed in 2007 as an off-shoot of Lotus Roots Kundalini Yoga, Yoga Sprouts reaches out to our youngest yogis.
Yogis of all ages will get fit and have fun with the animal poses, songs, and movement that Yoga Sprouts offers.
It's easier than you think to practice yoga. Yoga is listening to your breath as you move your body.
Simple and effective, Yoga Sprouts journey around the world on exciting and playful yoga adventures. Ride a camel across the desert, swim with dolphins in the ocean, and more!
Yoga can be a useful tool for all ages, but is especially effective for helping young people manage stress. Learn tools and build skills to encourage growth & happiness.
Katie Marie Muschlewski (she/they) is a Kundalini Yoga instructor from Madison, WI.
They founded Lotus Roots Kundalini Yoga in 2005 and launched Yoga Sprouts! Child & Caregiver Yoga Adventures in 2007. Katie published their first yoga book in 2013.
As a mother, she finds yoga to be an important part of her family's life. Teaching children relaxation and stress-relief techniques gives kids and families tools to help them throughout their lives.
Sharing the gift of yoga with your kids brings families closer together while connecting with your inner self.
Yoga has so many benefits for our internal systems. According to scientific research, regular yoga practice can help balance our metabolism, stimulate the nervous system, expand the respiratory system, and so much more! Yoga is calming, and it helps us tune inward to explore who we really are. For this reason our mantra in Kundalini Yoga is Sat Nam or True Name. Yoga Sprouts hopes to inspire you to share yoga with the children in your life.
This website is dedicated to celebrate the joy and benefits of yoga for young people. Please visit the Photo Gallery to see pictures of blissful children and adults from various classes over the years.
Teaching our youth is a great joy to me, and I honor and respect everyone who has attended a Yoga Sprouts class in the past, present, and future! For more information please email or visit Lotus Roots Kundalini Yoga. Thank you!
Yoga Sprouts journey around the world on exciting and playful yoga adventures. Ride a camel across the desert, swim with dolphins in the ocean, and swing through the trees with monkeys! Children are natural yogis, they love to move and stretch their bodies. This book offers six original, complete, well-rounded yoga sets with over 55 poses to share with kids of all ages.
The Yoga Sprouts method incorporates story, song, animals and nature to make yoga fun and easy to remember. Yoga encourages kids to listen to their breath as they move. Mindful breathing helps calm the mind and relax the body. Yoga offers many benefits including improved muscle tone, balance, increased strength and flexibility. Regular yoga practice will increase body awareness, confidence, and self-esteem. This is a must for mindful parents, teachers and yoga instructors alike.
Join the adventure and let your True Self blossom!
Katie has loved sharing Yoga Sprouts with libraries, schools, and festivals over the years. Since the original book came out, Katie has created many more exciting adventures that kids across the state have enjoyed. We've explored emotional regulation with bee pose, rocket ship, and exploding volcano. We've learned to express our needs and allow time for rest. And we've learned that we can use these tools throughout our lives to promote happiness and joy.
In person classes have been suspended to the pandemic, but you can still access Yoga Sprouts in print and online.
The adventure continues online at Lotus Roots Kundalini Yoga Patreon page. There you will find video recordings of virtual Yoga Sprouts classes. Explore fun and exciting new adventures including dinosaurs, pirates, superheroes and more!
Stay tuned for future offerings.
Yoga Sprouts! Child & Caregiver Yoga Adventures promote health and wellness in children of all ages and abilities. These classes are designed to share the fun and benefits of yoga with the entire family and especially our youngest members. Yoga Sprouts engenders a positive mindset and promotes healthy choices. Welcome and Enjoy!
Class is relaxed and children are encouraged to listen to their breath as they move their bodies. Everyone is different and each day is different so a little chaos on some days is expected! The best way to encourage your child to participate in class is to embody a positive attitude and to participate to your best ability as well. Some children may be shy at the first class and will warm up as class progresses. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. We encourage parents to soothe their children as needed. Nursing babies are always welcome.
When you are ready to begin, spread out your yoga mat in a clean, spacious area. Please wear comfortable clothing in which you can move easily. It is best to do yoga on a relatively empty stomach and barefoot. We tune-in to our body’s rhythm by listening to the breath. We sing the letter “O” three times to create a body memory to begin our practice and help keep focus. We also sing our Yoga Sprouts “Namo Song” to promote community and to get a little loud before we quiet down. We then follow a sequence of exercises in order, and all may feel free to relax in between poses.
Beginners will vary their length of postures. Some poses are more advanced and will be done for shorter periods of time; also modifications will be explained. Some postures require assistance or a partner. This is a good opportunity to connect with your child or to let your child explore new friendships with other children in class. Try to always breathe through the nose unless otherwise instructed. Try to relax the muscles as you stretch for five or more counts. Movement exercises may be done for 1 – 3 minutes, but you are always welcome to shorten the time, starting with 30 seconds and adding 30 seconds more when ready.
It is always fine to take a short 30 seconds to 1 minute rest in between the exercises. Either sit in Flower Pose or lie on your back. Close your eyes and listen to your breath during these short periods of rest. When you are ready to continue, take a deep breath then exhale as you slowly open your eyes or Rock n’ Roll to sit back up.
To end a set, we lay down and rest for several minutes. Lay on your back with your arms at your sides, palms up. You may listen to soothing music or cover up with a blanket. Our sets call this Worm Pose or Mummy Pose and it is important to relax and let go for a few moments at the end of each set. Some may doze a little during this rest time. When we are ready to finish, we wiggle the fingers and toes, stretch, and come back to a seated position. We close our sets by singing the “ahh” sound of the letter A, three times. Again this creates a body memory to conclude the yoga set. When you finish your yoga practice, it is good to drink a big glass of water. Smile and thank your body for working so hard!
You may recognize some yoga poses and notice it has a different name. For instance Horse Ride is the same as Camel Ride and Downward Dog is the same as Pyramid Pose. Feel free to draw these parallels to your child's attention when you notice them. Repetition helps us remember the postures both physically and mentally.
When working with children, it is important to keep your practice light-hearted and fun. Always try to embody a positive attitude when you practice yoga. Caregivers and children should try not to push themselves too hard too fast or worry if they are using a modification to the exercise. We can only do our best and our best will change at any moment. Our feelings and emotions are important and deserve attention. How we act on our feelings is what determines our character. We should notice when we feel upset and we should explore the origin of that feeling. However, we should try to think nice things about ourselves and say nice things to those practicing with us during yoga practice. Remember it is yoga practice not yoga perfect!