Kids Yoga

Yoga is a wonderful way for children to unplug from the electronic age of today, it teaches them how to relax in a playful and fun way.

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Why should children practice Yoga?

A simple yoga practice has an enormous effect on children. Yoga at an early age, sculpts young minds and bodies, giving tools that will enhance and support children to be balanced, creative, and calm individuals with a strong sense of who they are in relation to the world. It encourages self-esteem, concentration and body awareness and the ability to steer your way smoothly through life’s challenges. Physically, yoga enhances coordination, it has a powerful effect on brain development and brings heightened focus.

Increasingly, children are overstimulated, bombarded by stress and the pressure to achieve in a world flooded with information. Yoga is an amazing tool for life that teaches them somatic ways to release stress and bring their body back into equilibrium. With the latest research showing that young adults are the most stressed out age group in the USA, learning simple and fun techniques to combat stress at a young age, is a tremendous way to prevent later breakdowns and anxiety disorders or depression. Yoga builds strength, confidence and resilience, and a strong body is able to digest food well, breathe better and withstand stress. The practice of yoga can help children to self-regulate and is a wonderful aid to mental health conditions and attention disorders.

6 Benefits of Kids Yoga

  • Increases confidence and builds positive self-image
  • Maintains flexibility and strength in muscular-skeletal system
  • Increases concentration and focus by calming the mind
  • Improves the function of vital organ systems
  • Encourages empathy and understanding for the self, others and the earth
  • Improves overall mental health and wellness

Yoga is about exploring and learning in a fun, safe and playful way. Yoga and kids are a perfect match.

What children can learn from yoga

Yoga teaches us about our bodies

When we practice the physical postures or exercises (called asanas), we learn how to move more freely and with greater ease and awareness. These postures help our bodies become strong and flexible.

 

Yoga teaches us how to breathe better

When we breathe deeply and fully (called pranayama) and become more aware, we can bring peacefulness or energy to our bodies.

Yoga teaches us how to use our energy more effectively

When we practice yoga, we learn how to be still. This helps us to listen with attention and make good decisions.

Yoga teaches us about balance

When we practice yoga, we learn to be more aware about the need for balance in our lives. This could mean equal stretching on the left and right sides of our bodies or making sure we balance our very busy time with equal quiet time and relaxation.

Yoga teaches us how to quiet the mind

When we practice yoga, we learn how to be still. This helps us to listen with attention and make good decisions.

Yoga teaches us about taking care of ourselves

Yoga is a great way to move our bodies and feel healthy. And teaching children how to take care of themselves is one way to show love. As with all forms of exercise, a good yoga practice can mean a good night’s sleep!

The beauty of yoga is that children can practice alone, with a friend or with a group. Many schools are now teaching yoga to young children, and there are many choices of after-school or weekend classes for kids and their families. Everyone can enjoy yoga – from tots to great-grandparents!

Many professional organisations that focus on children also support the idea behind yoga and recommend that children should participate in activities that support the development of the whole child. This is exactly what yoga is about!

What we offer

    • A focus on breathing skills – to calm and centre, balance emotional states, and promote autonomic nervous system regulation.
    • Simple yoga poses – to build strength, balance, focus, and self-confidence. Also builds connections in the brain important for body awareness, emotional regulation, and problem-solving.
    • Yoga games – to learn social skills and emotion-regulation tools, increase concentration and promote mindfulness in playful ways.
    • Stories and art – to help students integrate the five themes of Strength, Grounding, Stillness, Listening, and Community.
    • Relaxation and mindfulness techniques – to demonstrate the importance of rest to allow the brain to integrate new learnings and manage stress, anxiety, anger, and fear.
     

Yoga teaches children how to relax in a playful and fun way.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child need to be able to focus to attend class?

No! In fact, classes are designed specifically to address attention challenges and build students’ capacities for concentration.

Can I attend class with my child?

At the end of each class series (typically 6-10 sessions), parents will have the opportunity to join the class and learn from their child.

What if my child is unsure about starting yoga?

It is normal for some children to be anxious about starting a new class. Parents of such children may attend the first class. It is extremely rare for a child not to enjoy yoga classes once they get their feet wet.

 

What ages can attend?

There are different classes for different age brackets; generally grouped by school level (preschool, elementary, middle, high). Class formats are available for ages 3 through high school.

Where and when are classes offered?

You can view current classes on our Events page. Classes may also be available as an after-school program in your child’s school or other location near you – please contact us to bring yoga to you!