Music

The music I use in kids yoga groups greatly depends on several factors:

* the age of the kids
* the sensory processing issues of kids in the group – some kids can’t tolerate music at all & some need the beat of the music to help keep them alert…. why it’s so important to know the needs of the kids in the group.
* the theme of a particular group
* the particular asanas (poses) or breathing activities we are doing that day

I have reviewed several great kids yoga CD’s here on my blog and have included playlist recommendations in many of the kids yoga lesson plans I have posted. Do a search for “music”: http://omazingkidsyoga.com/?s=music 

When I am looking for music, I first do a Google search to see if I can find a free mp3 of what I am looking for.  I love to use “Kindie” (independent kids artists) music since it is unique and often has a great beat & catchy tune/words. So I follow several of their Facebook pages & blogs where they often share “freebies”. A few of my faves are: Kira Willey, Charity and the JAMbandBobbie Lancaster, Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower, Bari Koral Family Rock Band, Renee & Jeremy.

Music Therapists have great websites with suggestions & unique music. One of my faves is Amanda Ellis, MT-BC .

Zooglobble often posts free music finds too :). Kidding Around Yoga often shares a link to a free music download in their e-newsletter. When I run across free downloads I typically post the info on the OMazing Kids Facebook page :)

If I need to purchase a song, I tend to use Amazon.com because I like how you can search for mp3′s, filter the searches, & usually can buy individual mp3 tracks (I only purchase an entire album if I like several songs on it – enough to make it worth getting the entire album). I also sometimes use iTunes & CD Baby as resources to purchase great kids music to use in yoga groups.

I literally have hundreds of mp3′s now and have many “playlists” saved on the mp3 player in my phone. For some of my favorite themes I have also burned a CD of music to use for that theme (like my playlist for Dr. Seuss’s My Many Colored Days).

But there are often times I don’t use any music in the group at all….. I only use music in a kids yoga group if I feel it will enhance or add to the experience.

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Tip: Many of the kids I work with have difficulty following quick instructions in action songs or are overstimulated by fast songs so I use the SlowTunes app on my iPhone to import many of the songs I use in OMazing Kids yoga & my work as a SLP. From there I have the option to play them in “slower” & “slowest” modes without changing the pitch or distorting the songs in any way (one of my new favorite apps! well worth the $1.99 price).

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Hope this helps! If you need ideas of music for a particular theme, feel free to e-mail me at amoorad1@juno.com.

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – wellness & inclusive activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

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