4-H Healthy Living Programs & Resources
Healthy Living programs offered through 4-H engage youth and families to achieve optimal physical, social, and emotional well-being. Programs offered in each of Arkansas' counties are tailored to meet the needs of local youth.
Yoga for kids is like yoga for adults, but sillier. Practicing yoga with kids may be different from yoga practice with adults in that, instead of quiet and calm, it can be noisy and fun. Yoga is a great way to engage kids in physical activity. It can improve flexibility, balance and strength in a non-competitive environment. Some studies have suggested that practicing yoga can also improve a child's attention, relationships, self-esteem, and listening skills.
The Healthy Living: Yoga for Kids program was developed in Arkansas. The routines outlined in the curriculum and DVD provide simple exercises that can be performed in a variety of settings, including classrooms, camps, and at home.
The purpose of this program is to increase fitness, decrease stress, and improve mental focus in a noncompetitive manner. The poses don't have to be performed perfectly, just be sure to warm up with some light stretching beforehand and, most importantly, have fun!
The 4-H Pledge and Yoga Sequence
The video below demonstrates a short, scripted 4-H-themed yoga sequence which includes the 4-H pledge, motto, and statements about each of the four H's. It also includes instructions for each of the 8 poses used in the sequence. This sequence is appropriate for use with any audience.
To order the Yoga for Kids DVD or other resources:
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For more information about the curriculum and training contact Lisa Washburn at (501)671-2099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about these and other 4-H Healthy Living Programs, contact your local county extension office.