As I sit down to share this post with you I feel I have to be completely upfront and honest that I’m just not a yoga girl! I love running and weight training and have never been to a full yoga class anywhere at any time in my life.
BUT I also must say I do think I’d love it a lot if I’d try it! I have wanted to for awhile now, but just haven’t made the time. I feel like a total newby and am a bit intimidated to walk into a new class with how little I know! (Someone who is a yoga buff please just take me with you!!!)
So when my old time friend “Mister Mateo” ( I used to know him as Mateo) contacted me to let me know what he’s been up to my first thought was that it wouldn’t be for me. That is…..until I learned it was aimed at KIDS!!!!
Mister Mateo has started this amazing little yoga program for children, super simple, super basic, super easy to follow along! So we decided to ALL (me with my preggo belly!) give it a try together and start yoga right there in our own living room!
The parts I love so far about Poser Kids yoga:
-Mister Mateo is a total goofball (I mean that in the BEST way!!!) and the kids were immediately drawn to him. His silly personality is endearing and the kids were laughing and eager to follow along in no time.
-it helped the kids be focused on one thing for a a few moments (there just might be some days I put this on and go get the dishes done!!)
-they worked hard, but were still relaxed (meaning they put some effort into it, but weren’t absolutely exhausted afterward)
-it taught them some really fun little general lessons about paying attention and how they can “do” yoga in so many normal daily activities in life
-they ALL enjoyed it (until Mister Mateo jokingly said to lick their knees!)
What is great about Poser Kids is that is super accessible. Mister Mateo has videos available on Amazon Prime. If you’re a prime member you can log on anytime to check it out and give it a try!
If I’m honest I wish I had started in yoga many years ago. I would have loved to have learned the poses, the concentration and of course the flexibility and strength that comes with.
Mister Mateo’s specialty is in helping kids understand yoga poses, in a kid friendly manner. Yoga poses can be difficult. And there may be some that are challenging for adults and especially kids too. But I love how Mister Mateo encourages the kids to just try and give it their best shot. It takes practice, and I love that, because what it life doesn’t.
Poser kids MERCH:
Book: “Whether you know it or not, yoga is a part of your life. From getting up in the morning, to going to bed at night, you’re doing yoga poses all day every day.” -Mister Mateo (available on Amazon)
Gear: The Poser Kids pack is on MASSIVE sale right now!! A $200 value, for $99- includes kid sized yoga mats, socks, t-shirts, book, DVD and stickers. (I’d get the packs now, but I don’t want to move it, so we are waiting until we get to TX to order ours! Did you notice how empty my living room is??? lol!)
This program started in TX, but seems to be gaining quite a bit of traction all over the country as parents are loving the idea of teaching young kids the skills of yoga. I know for me, this is a great option as a homeschool mom to include in my PE rotation.
Also, f you have been interested in integrating kids yoga into your practice or studio this is the way to go!!! There is a retreat this coming summer you don’t want to miss! Teaching kids is different than teaching adults and Mister Mateo is excellent and careful to help teach the best practices in helping children learn.
Poser Kids EDUCATOR RETREAT:
When: June 19-21, 2018
Where: Sunmoutain Center in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
The Sunmountain Center is absolutely gorgeous. The cost of the retreat is all inclusive: 3 night room accommodations, amazing farm to table meals, 2 hour soaking pass to the SunWater Spa (sounds lovely, right?!), 15 hour PoserKids Curriculum credit and 10 hour PoserKids level 2 curriculum credit all towards your PoserKids certification process.
Another awesome part about this retreat is, if you are a beginner yogi or yogini, but have a passion working with children and want to grow a yoga kids practice, this is also for you! After this retreat all you need to do is go back home and start earning some teaching hours, and you can become PoserKids certified!
If you’re interested, Mister Mateo has given me a special discount code for you guys for $100 off! How great is that?? When you go to sign up, use code POSERMTN for your discount!
“Pose On Posers!”