Through songs, games and storytelling children are introduced to yoga postures that assist in understanding more about their body, breath and emotional well - being. This is a playful and engaging class where children are encouraged to learn about their thought processes, body image, and coping mechanisms. Children are supported in learning new concepts in mindfulness, emotional well - being and healthy life style alternatives. Classes will end with a an opportunity for children to relax through a short relaxation and meditation exercise. Next program starts in September 2018. Please check back for dates and times or call us at 519.653.0090.
Yoga for Tweens
In this fun and engaging class tweens will learn yoga postures, start to combine them together and flowing through a sequence as a group. Through discussions, focused poses and class sequences tweens will learn about their body, breathe and well-being. Fun, age appropriate music, themes and interactive engagement will support learning new concepts in mindfulness, emotional well-being and healthy lifestyle alternatives. Classes will end with an opportunity for tweens to relax through a short relaxation and meditation exercise. Next program starts September 2018. Please check back for dates and times or call us at 519.653.0090.
Why is Yoga so great for children?
Our children live in a hurry-up world of busy parents, school pressures, incessant lessons, video games, malls, and competitive sports. We usually don't think of these influences as stressful for our kids, but often they are. The bustling pace of our children's lives can have a profound effect on their innate joy—and usually not for the better.
I have found that yoga can help 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. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that's noncompetitive. Fostering cooperation and compassion—instead of opposition—is a great gift to give our children.
Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface.
When yogis developed the asanas many thousands of years ago, they still lived close to the natural world and used animals and plants for inspiration—the sting of a scorpion, the grace of a swan, the grounded stature of a tree. When children imitate the movements and sounds of nature, they have a chance to get inside another being and imagine taking on its qualities. When they assume the pose of the lion (Simhasana) for example, they experience not only the power and and behavior of the lion, but also their own sense of power: when to be aggressive, when to retreat. The physical movements introduce kids to yoga's true meaning: union, expression, and honor for oneself and one's part in the delicate web of life.
By Marsh Wenig