Our children live in a very fast paced world with busy parents, long days filled with school, competitive sports, lessons, television, video games and peer pressures. While we may not realize the impact , these influences can profoundly effect the innate playfulness and joy of a child in a negative way. Yoga can help to counter some of these elements.
- Increases Body Awareness, Balance and Coordination
- Improves Emotional and Mental Balance
- Enhances Concentration
- Increases Healthy Responses to Stress
- Promotes Peaceful Conflict Resolution
- Eases Asthma Symptoms
- Improves Self-Regulation Skills
- Increases Physical Activity
Ages 5-7 - Yoga provides a great opportunity for children to learn to feel comfortable in their bodies. Yoga also helps children to integrate movement with the breath to help with physical balance, focus of their minds and calming of their nervous systems. Our noncompetitive classes and workshops celebrate the unique, naturally playful spirit within each 5, 6 and 7-year old child. Together, we will explore creative movement, enjoy a variety of basic yoga postures / breathing exercises, visual imagery, games and more, while conveying lessons of positive body image, positive thinking, social skills, self expression and environmental awareness.
Ages 8-10 - Tapping into the growing independence of 8, 9 and 10-year olds, our classes encourage a deeper sense of body awareness, interpersonal skills and self-exploration. Motivated by flowing sequences, balancing poses, creative relaxation techniques and breathing exercises, students are sure to delight in themselves. Additionally, cooperative yoga games and partner poses inspire positive peer interactions that they are sure to carry into their every day lives.
Ages 11-13 & 14-18 - Pre-teens experience a great deal of issues as they approach adolescence. Yoga can assist in the building of self-esteem and provides a respite for young people to reduce stress and find a healthy balance. Various studies have indicated that yoga practice can help improve a student's behavior and physical health. The basic yoga principals used as the foundation of our classes for 11 -13-year olds and 14-18 year olds help teach students to love, honor and respect themselves and others. We will focus on creating an environment which facilitates learning, relaxation and fun via yoga poses, breathing techniques, games, affirmations, self-reflection, journaling and visualization.