Usually when we think of Yoga, we imagine strong and limber bodies balancing and stretching in various poses. Yoga is about achieving harmony between body, mind and spirit, and values of health and wellness.
Yoga for Kids presents this philosophy to children by challenging them to focus their mind while having fun in a supportive and play-based context. In addition to balance and flexibility, Yoga for Kids aims to:
This engages different learning needs, extending attention spans while improving focus and bringing calm to busy young minds.
But with a little practice and support, hard poses can become easy. As all parents and teachers will know, one of the hardest poses for a child to do is to sit still and quietly. Kids Yoga teaches children to calm the mind and still the body when required. While this may seem challenging, children ultimately learn by being challenged, and overcoming such challenges can build confidence and self-esteem.
There's a beautiful moment of joy and pride on a child's face when they overcome a challenge and accomplish something new. We love when this happens at Giggle & Flow, and are 100% supportive of all of our little Yogis!
Homework, exams, assignments, friendships, family dynamics, changing fashion, body image, diet, jobs, money... the list goes on. Some children may find it easy to talk to someone about their anxieties, while others may not.
Yoga offers these children the opportunity to engage in strong physical postures which ground anxious energy, as well as breathing and relaxation exercises to dissolve tension from their bodies and calm their worried minds.
The kids Yoga classroom is a supportive, nurturing environment and life values are inherently a big part of each class, so open discussion around topics such as how to deal with anxiety are sensitively encouraged.
Yoga teaches us the art of mindfulness, and as such, we are better in tune with our creative sides. This is because meditation in Yoga makes it possible to 'quiet' your left brain (the side that is responsible for language and logic), so that your right brain (the side associated with creativity and imagination) can become more active.
Practicing mindfulness in Yoga (i.e. paying attention to the present moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting our thoughts and feelings ) allows creative ideas to flow without limitation or judgement, increasing self-esteem and self-worth in our little people.
One of the best things we can do for our children is to empower them to make healthy lifestyle choices. If you get your kids into any healthy habit, it will become a habit that will perpetually continue to benefit them. Having your child attend regular exercise classes such as Yoga, will set them up for a life full of health and happiness, and the ability to make good, healthy choices - forever!
As children become increasingly more competent and confident with their own bodies, they naturally become more comfortable with each other, forming strong friendships built on common ground.