Posted in ABC's for Yoga for Kids, Beginners Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger, Benefits of Kids Yoga, Yoga for Kids, YogaKiddos, YogaKiddos in Nederland Texas

Kids Yoga Day #kidsyogaday from ABCYogaforKids – Nederland Houston Tx

Kids Yoga Day #kidsyogaday from ABCYogaforKids – Nederland Houston Tx

It’s that time again!  International Kids Yoga Day.  I am one of the sponsors for this event.  We’ll be doing Kids Yoga today at Wesley UMC in Nederland, Texas.  Here’a a little of what we will be doing!

#kidsyogaday #ABCYogaforKids #yogakiddos
Posted in #BeginnersYoga, Beginners Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger, YogaKiddos

I Howl, I Growl, Texas Babies – YogaKiddos

I Howl, I Growl, Texas Babies – YogaKiddos in Nederland, Texas

Today we are doing YogaKiddos from these two books!  While visiting the gift shop at Big Bend National Park, I picked up these two books.  They are awesome.  We’ll do this in YogaKiddos today!


I Howl, I Growl, Texas Babies!  Such sweet books!  We get to howl and growl with your YogaKiddos poses today at Wesley UMC in Nederland, Texas.  The preK class!
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Salute to the Sun. Sun Salutations in Nederland Beaumont Texas. Yoga for Beginners

Salute to the Sun. Sun Salutations in Nederland Beaumont Texas. Yoga for Beginners

The sequence of poses for the salute to the sun with additionally demonstrating Warrior I, Reverse Warrior and Side Angle Pose.  All done at the Beginner Level to help you toward your wellness goals.  Even on the chair, there are Advance, Intermediate and Beginning versions of poses.

Call Gail Pickens-Barger, Yoga Teacher.

If you don’t like my classes, or the fit isn’t just right, I will find you a class or teacher to help you on your path to your wellness goals.  409-727-3177.  Please leave a voice message, if I am unable to immediately get to your telephone call.  Thank you!


Posted in ABCs of Yoga for Kids Learning Cards, Yoga with Gaileee, YogaKiddos, Z is for Moose

Z is for Moose – YogaKiddos class

Found a delightful little book to use in Kids Yoga at my child’s Scholastic Book fair last month.

“Z is for Moose!”

This laugh-out-loud romp of an abecedary features an impatient moose who just can’t wait for his turn. There is something intrinsically funny about moose (the art has a Bullwinkle feel), and this overenthusiastic one prematurely pops up onstage at D, wearing a proud grin, with hapless Duck having been pushed out of the way. Zebra (sporting a referee’s black-striped shirt) leaps out from the corner, shouting, “Moose? No. Moose does not start with D. You are on the wrong page.” Moose then wanders onto Elephant’s page, Fox and Glove are forced to share a stage, and then Moose’s irrepressibly excited mug plops down from the ceiling, obscuring Hat: “Is it my turn yet?” Basically, he is like an antsy kid anticipating his big star turn at M, only to be heartbroken when Mouse is given that letter’s starring role. Zebra, though frustrated, is not deaf to Moose’s offstage sobbing (look to the title for his resolution to the problem). Ideal for kids who are past struggling to learn the alphabet and who will fully get the humor in Moose’s goofy antics. Grades K-2. –Diane Foote


“Everybody will be elated with this goofy new way of going from A to Z.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review) )

“This zany alphabet book will make children smile.” (School Library Journal (starred review) )

“This laugh-out-loud romp of an abecedary features an impatient moose who just can’t wait for his turn.” (Booklist (starred review) )

“If you think you’ve seen every possible idea for an alphabet book played out, think again.” (Horn Book (starred review) )

“Just label it F for funny.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) )

“Readers accustomed to the usual list of letters will be giggling with suspense by the time ‘L is for Lollipop’ rolls around.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Here is my review of the book.

Z is for Moose. Great book to use with Kids Yoga! This ABC book to use in reading the story out loud, then acting out the A, B, C animals in the book with yoga poses. It’s great when moose tries to take over the other letters, and has great humor it the story line. I supplemented the book/storytelling with ABC Yoga for Kids Card deck, so that we could further act out animal poses for the letters. For example, the letter U, is Umbrella in the book, but I had the kiddos pick out cards from my yoga deck, and instead of acting out Umbrella, we acted out Unicorn instead. Worked very well for ages 4 – 12.

YogaKiddos with Gaileee […] 

 Here are the cards that I used to supplement the storytelling aspect of the book for the class!

I bought the book, the color book and the cards to use in the YogaKiddos classes.

Ahh!  Enjoy!


Posted in First Place Winner, Lesson Plans, Omazing Kids, YogaKiddos

YogaKiddos Lesson Plans Winner from OMazing Kids

Back in October, I submitted my lesson plan for kids yoga to OMazing Kids website, and voting on facebook occurred and my friends on facebook and YOU came through and my lesson plan won!  Thank you!

 Kids Yoga Lesson Plan Contest on OMazing Kids

Go over to the facebook site to see the set of lesson plans submitted, print and put into your folders for future reference to use in teaching kiddos yoga.  Great stuff!

Yoga Kids Lesson Plans to view, print out and use in classes

As part of my winning the contest Angela would help me with figuring out another lesson plan for me to use with the kiddos.   The “Prize”: The winning lesson plan will be announced on the OMazing Kids blog with the entire lesson plan text & picture(s), author’s name, website, Facebook page & other social media page links included. It will be announced & shared on all the OMazing Kids social media sites and your Facebook page will be “tagged” and folks will be encouraged to go “like” your page (think of it as a social media blitz to help promote your website & social media sites). The winner will also have the opportunity to receive a custom made visual support and story props made by me to go with their lesson plan and consultation regarding inclusion of kids with special needs. The details for that will be handled via e-mail correspondence with me.

So I selected the book Animalia by Graeme Base.  My friend Tammy Miller, gave Grace this book as a gift, and I quickly saw that this book had great potential to be used in a YogaKiddos class.  I gave Angela of OMazing Kids Yoga a crack at it to see what she could come up with.  Here are her list of suggested yoga poses, based on the contents of the book.

  • Armadillo or Horrible Harry Hogs (rock and roll)
  • Alligator (alligator)
  • Blue Butterflies (butterfly)
  • Babbling Brook (waterfall)
  • Crimsom Cats (cat)
  • Crusty Crayfish (crab)
  • Diabolical Dragons (dragon breath)
  • Elephant (elephant)
  • Easter Eggs (child’s pose)
  • Fat Frogs (frog)
  • Fish (fish)
  • Green Gorilla’s (thymus chest taps)
  • Grapes (a cluster of child’s pose)
  • Harnessed Horses (donkey kicks)
  • Ingenious Iguanas (plank)
  • Musical instruments (could incorporate kids following beat of drumming or tapping rythym sticks)
  • Jovial Jackals (Up Dog)
  • Quails, Kookaburra or Vulture (bird)
  • Kangaroo (self hug like in a pouch)
  • Koala (tree – eucalyptus trees)
  • Lazy Lions (lion)
  • Library (turning legs in easy pose like pages in a book)
  • Meticulous Mice (extended child’s pose)
  • Mathematical Messages (standing star to be a multiplication sign)
  • Old Ostrich (forward bend like hiding head in sand)
  • Onion Omelette (stir the pot to mix the ingredients)
  • Proud Peacocks (seated angle)
  • Rickety Red Rickshaws (wheelbarrow – but only if the kids are old enough to do this safely as partners)
  • Six Slithering Snakes (cobra)
  • Two Tigers (cat with leg extended for tail + roar)
  • Train to Timbuktu (choo-choo breath)
  • Wicked Warrior Wasps (Warrior 1)
  • Wildly waving warlike weapons (Warrior 2)

Then I needed to show her some specific pages to get more ideas for some of these pages in the book.

  • Newts (boat pose)
  • Rex Fox Fixing Six Sax (could do blowing – bubbles, pom poms, etc. since you blow the instrument to play it.)
  • Yaks Yodelling in Yellow Yaughts (maybe a yodeling breath?)

 And Angela’s suggestion for multiple items on a page. “When there are multiple things on a page I typically just do poses or breathing for the ones that match up the best….. especially for a book that has as much as this in it.”

This book will get several YogaKiddos classes out of it since it has so much great graphics on the page!

Thanks Angela!  

Posted in My First Yoga Animal Poses, YogaKiddos

YogaKiddos in Action!

Breathing in and Breathing out demonstration.

Ssssssssssssssssssnake Pose.

Used the book My First Yoga – Animal Poses, and here are a few poses demonstrated from the book.  We use the hoberman ball to illustrate inhalation and exhalation breath.  Plus use the hoop to have an animal jump through….today we jumped through making a moo-ing sound for Cow Pose

Photography by David C. Turnley

Flamingo Pose.

Flamingo Pose.

Giraffe Pose.

The Light in me, honors the Light in you. Amen.

Barger girls enjoying yoga with mom! Photography by David C. Turnley
Posted in International and Experienced Yoga Teacher Gail Pickens-Barger Gaileee, Kids Yoga, Yoga, Yoga for Kiddos, Yoga for Kids, YogaKiddos, YogaKiddos in Nederland Texas

Yoga Kit for Kids — Cards, Music and Booklet

Yoga Kit for Kids

Yoga Kit for Kids.  A set of cards, Music for Yoga in two tracks of 20 minutes.  A handbook telling about the poses, the benefit of yoga for kids.  This Kit is set up for one to take to a school environment.

Shark, Locust Pose
Shark, Locust Pose

I tell you, Grace and I had fun with this.  Can’t believe she is only 3 years and 10 months old.  Take a look!

Here is grace doing Shark Pose (like in the yoga card demo).

Ribbett, Frog Pose
Kermit!  Frog Pose

And another in Frog Pose…

Then another in Lion…..

Roar!  Lion’s Breath
A bit of cobra, lions breath

And here are a few other poses that Grace enjoyed!!

Butterfly, Candle, Cat, Fish, Cat with raised leg, Flower, but looks like Turtle and Down Dog!

Little Fish

Three Legged Dog
Down Dog