Yoga, meditation and mindfulness for children
Most children today live in a very fast-paced world. Between pressures from kindergarten or school, goal oriented and competitive environment of our society, their extra curricular activities, their peers... the hustle and bustle of every day life can quickly wear down on a child’s inner peace and joy and it can be yoga which will help to restore it again. Of course the kids yoga looks different than the adult yoga class - it is very colorful, playful, using the yogi songs and games to cultivate the mindfulness and developing imagination and cooperation.
I am certified by the Kidding Around Yoga program and I am combining the KAY resources (songs, activities) with many other ideas and tools to transmit the teachings of yoga in the age-appropriate and creative way.
Benefits of Yoga for Children
Even though most of the kids are not familiar with the concept of stress, they can still experience what it feels like without giving it a label or name. Kids' Yoga, at it’s very essence, is stress management for children. But there are many other benefits. Here are just a few:
Standing poses improve posture and strength. They also reduce symptoms of scoliosis.
Balancing poses improve focus, concentration, strength, coordination and poise.
Backbends stimulate the sympathetic nervous system and are invigorating. They also open and strengthen the heart and chest.
Forward bends stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and are relaxing. They also help to massage the digestive system.
Inversions and more difficult poses encourage practice and build strength and self-esteem.
The Secret Garden aka DESSERT is a version of deep relaxation that allows the body to assimilate all of the benefits of the Yoga practice. In this still and quiet portion of class, kids are able to create a special place in their minds where they feel peaceful, happy, and safe.
Breathing practices are a great way to reduce stress and help with focus and concentration. They also help reduce allergy and asthmatic symptoms.
Meditation enhances calmness and clarity of the mind.
The cardiovascular activity included in KAY classes allows kids to expend their energy in a healthy way and strengthens the cardiovascular system.
The sense of play incorporated into KAY classes allows kids to let loose, be silly, and have fun.
Music and dancing has therapeutic properties and teaches rhythm, tempo, and coordination.
The principles of Yoga teach kids kindness, sharing, compassion, mindfulness, awareness, and much more. Tools that will serve them for the rest of their lives!
How can your little one join the Kids' Yoga class?
Private sessions (single or multiple events arranged on request)
Yoga for Parents and Kids (summer series for kids of age 2 - 5 accompanied by their parent/caregiver)
Yoga for School Kids (autumn course for kids 6 - 9 years old)