Children’s yoga classes are a fun yet calming way for children to develop body awareness and a positive self-image, increasing co-ordination, self-confidence and concentration, whilst they relax, stretch and strengthen their bodies.
WHY CHILDREN’S YOGA?
As children grow, yoga strengthens and tones their bodies, improves their posture, breathing and joint mobility and stretches out muscles that can become stiff or tender from growth spurts, sitting and sports activities.
In today’s world children can be as busy and overstimulated as adults. Yoga, with its breathing and relaxation techniques, gives children time to slow down. It quietens their minds, which leads to improved concentration and helps them to learn how to relax and manage stress.
Yoga postures focus on a variety of movements, including balancing, back bending, strengthening, stretching, twisting and inverting, all of which allow children to learn about the movement of their bodies and improve their co-ordination.
Yoga also develops body awareness, teaching children to listen to their bodies and interpret feelings and sensations in relation to movements. Body awareness helps to establish a positive self-image and healthy connection with the body, building confidence, self-esteem and an understanding of self-acceptance. Being connected to one’s body is valuable at all stages of life but it’s something that is often lost in adulthood, which is why instilling it from a young age is so worthwhile.
Yoga also gives children a way to connect with their feelings and emotions, and provides a nurturing and non-competitive environment in which they can express themselves through movement.
The benefits of Children’s Yoga include:
ANY CHILD CAN PRACTISE
Your child doesn’t need to have had any prior experience of yoga. There will be a short health questionnaire for you to fill in prior to the first class to highlight any injuries or conditions that your child may have. Classes are split by age group as follows:
Family yoga classes are suitable for children aged 6 years old and above, and adults. No previous experience of yoga is necessary.
YOGA FOR TEENS
Yoga for Teens classes are suitable for children and young adults who are at secondary school. No previous experience of yoga is necessary.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The class environment is fun, calm and nurturing. There will be a mix of flowing movement and static postures to develop flexibility, balance and strength, in addition to breathing and relaxation exercises.
I am an award-winning yoga teacher with over 8 years of teaching experience. I qualified as a Yoga Alliance 200-hour certified teacher in Hatha Yoga in 2014. In 2018, I completed the triyoga 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training Programme and I'm now qualified as a Yoga Alliance 500-hour certified teacher. I went on to train for an additional 300 hours in Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Jason Crandell, which I completed in April 2020.
I qualified as a Children's Yoga teacher in 2017, having completed in-depth study of Children's Yoga with Susannah Hoffman at triyoga.
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It’s best for your child to wear comfortable clothing and they don’t need footwear or socks as yoga is done with bare feet.
I'm not running any group classes for children or teens at the moment but you can learn about private tuition here.