Donna is passionate about sharing yoga for kids and teens. Her personal practice began in 1996 when expecting her oldest child. It was love at first asana. Since then she has used her expertise in the classroom, love of children, creativity and enthusiasm for yoga to teach thousands of youth throughout Alberta, Canada. She attends numerous conferences annually giving kids yoga workshops to professionals and special interest groups.
Yoga In My School is the most extensive on-line reference site for kids and teen yoga with over 500 articles, interviews, product reviews, videos and more. Her book, Once Upon a Pose: A Guide to Yoga Adventure Stories for Children, has been described as indispensable.
She founded Kids Yoga Academy to provide premier professional development to the ever growing kids yoga community worldwide.
Recent Curriculum by Donna Freeman
Teaching Anatomy to Kids in Fun Effective Ways
Share the fun of being an anatomy geek with kids during this 30 minute webinar packed with helpful tools and tips on how to teach anatomy to kids. Kids love to learn about their bodies - both inside and out. Discover the joy of the human body with fun, engaging and effective anatomy lessons for kids and teens. Learn hands on experiments, some of the best apps out there as well as other tips and techniques to help kids explore and understand their bodies.
7 Tips to Teaching Yoga to Children w Special Needs
If you have ever wondered how to reach a child with Autism, ADHD, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or other diagnosis through the power of yoga this webinar is for you. Donna Freeman, founder of Yoga In My School and Kids Yoga Academy, shares 7 essential considerations when teaching yoga to children of various abilities. Discover how to successfully use yoga as a complementary therapy by applying these tips and watch kids flourish as they connect with their mind, body and heart. Includes copy of the slides and quick reference guide.
Classroom Management 101: 14 Attention Getters that Work
Capturing a child's attention, especially in a group setting, is easier said than done. However, there are times when you need students' undivided attention to maintain an orderly and safe learning environment. Join Donna Freeman, founder of Yoga In My School and Kids Yoga Academy, as she shares techniques from her training and experience as a school teacher which work easily and effectively to grab attention and get everyone ready to learn. This quick 30 minute webinar will teach the first step in Classroom Management: How to Get Everyone's Attention. Come away with 14 tried and true techniques to use during class or with your own children. Attention getting tactics for pre-schoolers to teenagers will be shared. Includes copy of the slides.
Pause. Breathe. Proceed.
Mindful breathing benefits everyone. Discover simple and effective pranayama techniques to calm anxiety, focus attention and improve respiratory function. Join Donna Freeman, founder of Kids Yoga Academy and Yoga In My School, for this 30 minute webinar.
5 Skills to Calm Kids
Do children you know or work with suffer from anxiety or excess energy? Join Donna Freeman, founder of Kids Yoga Academy & Yoga In My School to learn effective techniques to calm kids.
Discover indispensable calming techniques to reduce anxiety and stress in children allowing them to self-calm, focus and regulate. Each of the five skills of Breathe, Connect, Affirm, Move and Relax will be taught with multiple age appropriate practices to alleviate anxiety, calm fears and empower children. Learn how to successfully extinguish the energy fire plus specific exercises to invite calm. 60 minutes.
Curriculum and Lesson Planning
Are you wondering (again) what on earth you're going to teach this week in kids/teen yoga class?Embrace the big picture and get organized with tips and tools from Donna Freeman including 4 steps to curriculum development. Discover how to include all the things you want to without feeling frazzled. Learn the importance of structure and routine. Create effective and engaging lessons to meet students needs. Set goals and accomplish them with every group you teach
30 minutes, includes templates
Sensory Processing through Yoga
Discover how to provide essential sensory input for all children promoting greater understanding of themselves and their world. Yoga is extremely effective at stimulating the senses while calming the central nervous system. Learn numerous yoga and mindfulness techniques ideal for tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive system input to help calm, improve focus and promote self-regulation. This 1 hour webinar with Kids Yoga Academy founder Donna Freeman is packed with ideas and tips on how yoga can assist with sensory processing.
Kids Yoga Classroom Management Round Table
10 Tips for a Trauma Informed Yoga Class
Intro to Chakras for Tweens and Teens
100th Episode Celebration Yoga In My School Podcast
9 Halloween Yoga Poses for Tweens and Teens
Body Outline – Ideal for Chakras, Affirmations, Kids Yoga Art
Teaching Anatomy to Kids in Fun Effective Ways
Shape Breathing: Mindfulness for Kids and Teens
O Christmas Tree Kids Yoga Lesson Plan