What are your thoughts on kids’ yoga? Are you interested in enrolling your young ones in a class?
There are endless benefits of learning the ancient teachings of yoga in a fun and informal environment from a young age. I receive loads of positive feedback from parents and children.
However, today I want to tell you the benefits I get out of it as a teacher (and maybe you will too as a parent attending a class).
Here are three things I absolutely love about teaching little people yoga.
1. Seeing kids flourish with a little personal love and attention
At the start of each class we sing the “Om song” and acknowledge each child by name. For seven seconds or so the group gives all attention to just one child and their facial expressions during this time are priceless! It’s a short emotional journey encompassing joy, slight embarrassment and pride! I love watching it.
2. Shaking it out to Taylor Swift
When the energy is up (especially when there are 4 year old boys in class), I love doing a full body, song-long body shake off and dance with the kids. I don’t know who gets more out of it? The kids are usually shaking themselves around all the time but it’s us adults that often get stiff and rigid and forget to dance. If I don’t get a dance in at any other time in my week, I know I can make up for it at kids’ yoga.
3. Seeing peaceful, cross-legged little people with their eyes closed
As well as doing guided meditations and visualisations; we often sit in silence for a short time.
I love watching the eyes of the younger kids dart around the room as they revel in the novelty of sitting together in silence.
The older ones will usually fall back into a comfortable space between their closed eyes and I get a kick out of seeing this! It reminds me of the Dalai Lama’s quote (below) and makes me feel like we are slowly slowly coming closer to that reality.
“If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation” – His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
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