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Children live in a world of busy parents, school pressures, incessant lessons, video games, malls, and competitive sports. We don’t think of this as stress, but often it can be. Kids yoga classes help to counter these pressures. When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life’s challenges with a little more ease.
This article from Marlynn Wei, MD, JD a board-certified psychiatrist, certified yoga teacher, and co-author of the upcoming Harvard Health book, Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga states this beautifully in her article, ‘More than just a game: Yoga for school-age children‘. An excerpt from the article is below:
“Yoga and mindfulness have been shown to improve both physical and mental health in school-age children (ages 6 to 12). Yoga improves balance, strength, endurance, and aerobic capacity in children. Yoga and mindfulness offer psychological benefits for children as well. A growing body of research has already shown that yoga can improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance, and classroom behavior, and can even reduce anxiety and stress in children.”
Participating in kids yoga classes at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that’s non-competitive. Fostering cooperation, compassion, and fun is a great gift to kids of any age.
The class structure is very different from an adult class and always aims include to these 4 concepts: Connect, Poses, Fun, Quiet. Think of it as an opportunity to exchange wisdom, share good times, and lay the foundation for a lifelong practice that will continue to deepen. Classes are co-created, using the yoga asanas as a springboard for exploration of other areas – examples for each age group is below:
Below age 3: we do poses by using a lot of visual props and songs. Examples include:
- Dolls, puppets, stickers
- Stamps, picture books, yoga story time
- Song and movement
Age 3 and up: we start engaging their imagination and by co-creating the class with them to empower them with choices. Examples include:
- Going on a yoga journey
- Wizard says
- Around the globe
- Inventing your own story
- Yoga riddles, pictionary, games and obstacle courses
Age 6 and up: we add more conceptual topics such as trust, friendship, or helping as a theme for class and start refining poses. Examples include:
- The yoga problem
- Yoga workshop
- The pose of the month
- Yoga sculptures
- Class with a concept
- Human mandala
- Follow my body
- The wave
- Yoga choreography
- Partner sequences
Benefits of kids yoga include:
- Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination and body awareness.
- Their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves.
- Children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self.
- Develop an intimate relationship with the natural world when they imitate the movements and sounds of nature and animals.
- Kids yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface
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