What is the world like for kids today? It can be distracting, overly competitive, and full of peer pressure.
That’s where yoga comes in.
Yoga for kids has so many benefits! It’s like a flashlight in the dark or an apple a day; it gives kids a light to see their way in the world, and it keeps them healthy physically and mentally.
Yoga also helps kids:
- Develop body awareness
- Manage stress through movement and breath
- Increase confidence and self-image
- Feel part of a healthy and noncompetitive group
- HAVE FUN
A kids’ yoga class has some similarities to a yoga class for grown ups, but there are many differences. We start out with a warm up that includes many familiar poses such as cobra, down dog, and warrior 1. Children learn breathing techniques and about the importance of our spine. Classes also include singing, non-competitive games, and crafts. They are usually centered around a children’s book. As we read yogis move through a yoga sequence that follows the story. We end class with savasana, which can include a guided visual meditation or a hands on mindfulness activity.
Teaching children yoga has taught me so many things. It’s okay to laugh in a yoga class, to find joy in falling and getting back up. It’s okay to make animal sounds in cat pose. It’s okay to fidget in savasana. Children learn, and they teach. When I see kiddos leaving class with a smile it makes my heart happy because I know that they will share that smile with someone else. Dr. Seuss said “Step with care and great tact, and remember that life’s a great balancing act.” Let’s help our kids find that balance on their yoga mat in a topsy turvy world.