Children have this beautiful innocent ability to just be in the moment and enjoy nothing else than that present moment. This is such a precious tool especially when we talk about yoga and mindfulness.
The children’s yoga classes at Yogaia are 30 minutes long. The reason for that is children’s attention wavers quickly. That is also why children will be asked to stay in a posture for a few seconds.
Children love stories about animals. For small children the forest story is great. We walk together through the forest and see different animals. They very quickly learn what to do when the name of an animal gets called out and they even make the sound of some of the animals while they go into the postures in a playful way. I let them do the postures in their own way and only correct them when necessary.
A children’s yoga class at Yogaia is structured as follows:
- A short mindfulness practice to open awareness of the body, concentrate on the practice and calm the mind. These three to five minutes could include concentration on the breath and body or listening to a sound of an instrument or simply by singing “Om” continuously. At the beginning and end of each yoga class I add the balloon breath which is a basic breathing technic to calm the children down and let them become still. They usually love it as it has a playful touch to it.
- Warming-up exercises which consist of gentle stretching postures in order to lubricate the joints and warm-up the muscles and the spine.
- Storytelling consists of animal postures and/or the Sun Salutation. There will also be some postures which can be conducted alone or in pairs, where two children or child and parent help each other to do the posture together.
- Final relaxation, breathing & meditation which will help to relax the body and mind. This is an important part as after warming up and being active by moving the body, we should also allow space to calm down and let the body relax.
Patricia Creola is a certified Himalayan Hatha Yoga Teacher with Yogi Ashokananda through Yoga Alliance UK. Patricia has done a 3-day “Radiant Child Yoga” training with Shakta Kaur Khalsa to learn more about the specifics for children’s yoga. Patricia currently teaches adults and children through various means, at Yogaia.com, the Kiss Gym, the Manor Gym and also has private students. In 2013 Patricia taught yoga and meditation in Tamil Nadu/South India for five months to 30 children aged four at a charity school.
Join “Yoga for Children“ with Patricia Creola on Mother’s Day March 15th at 3.30 pm UK time at yogaia.com. The class is aimed for children 4-8 years old. Children should wear comfortable clothes and be barefoot using a yoga mat for their practice. Girls should not wear any pinching hairbands or hair clips. Enjoy!
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