20-Minute Practices are quick yoga classes that engage kids in movement and mindfulness while having fun.  These classes are designed to fit into any movement curriculum, and are suitable for all ages (and can be easily modified as needed).  

This twisting lesson plan is a really fun one as it encourages kids to work on twists, balance, and their core simultaneously. For the lying twist I sometimes add a "twist" to the pose by having the kids do Pilates-type core work, using their stomach muscles to move their legs from side to side while keeping shoulders on the ground.  This can be really hard for so many of them! The kids that are typically the most successful are those that go slow and steady. I often stop the class to have one of the students model.

This simple practice is also a great opportunity to talk about different types of breathing exercises (through the nose, through the mouth, Lion's breath, etc.) and also about finding symmetry and balance in your body.

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