Why yoga for children?
Keeping our kids active and motivated about exercise is quite a job for some parents. Obesity is a growing concern especially in the UK and with the excessive use of the internet, computer games and mobile phones our children are in danger of effecting their long term health and wellbeing. Stress and anxiety is also on the increase. A worrying concern as our mental health numbers fluctuate. Low income, family problems and pressures at school are just a few sources, so it is vital we teach our children how to cope. Teaching our children coping mechanisms for stress will help them grow with confidence and tackle life’s ups and downs.
Inspiring a home practice
Motivating our kids to stay active and exercise can be quite a job! With child obesity a global concern, coupled with the excessive use of the internet, computer games and mobile phones, our children are in danger of effecting their long term health and wellbeing.
For a number of years now, I’ve been working with children of all ages and abilities using yoga, dance and a variety of fitness modules to encourage regular exercise. All are effective but it’s the yoga that has their attention the most and inspires the majority to participate.
- Yoga is non-competitive and helps build great self-esteem
- Good for posture, flexibility, compliments other activities and sports
- Helps to relieve stress and aid focus during study and exam time
- It is inclusive and therefore ideal for all participants regardless of their fitness ability
- Yoga inspires participation
How to introduce yoga to your children
There are lots of fabulous and inspirational yoga teachers out there who teach children. However, the best way to motivate is to practice regularly at home. Be sure to keep it very simple and fun. Exploring a little yoga sequence or posture every day seems to ensure a regular practice.
1. Pick a selection of postures
2. Ask the children to draw their favourite yoga postures on a postcard and then each day pick a posture to practice
3. Pin it somewhere they can see it everyday
Fancy giving it a go?
- We offer open classes and training modules for teachers, parents and carers
- All ages are catered for and classes can be held at schools and nurseries, during or after school hours
- We can accommodate large or small groups including specific yoga therapy sessions for children with Autism and ADHD
- We love to offer tasters for charitable events
- Children are welcome to all of our open classes and events provided they are accompanied by an adult