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 JAMband, Bobbie 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 (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.433616006689410.117465.174264525957894&type=3)
If I need to purchase a song, I tend to use iTunes because I don’t have to mess with uploading music to iTunes and then downloading it to my iPad or iPhone. But it can be difficult to find kids music there so I also look on 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 CD Baby as a resource 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.
Hope this helps! If you need ideas of music for a particular theme, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – wellness & inclusive activities for kids of all abilities
Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2
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