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Yoga: It’s said to be the fastest-growing sport in America, with 20 million people practicing. But the latest trend among yogis is that an increasing number of practitioners are pint sized.
Kids – from newborns to teenagers – are learning the terms down dog, sun salutation and more in kids-only yoga studios and even in their classrooms. It’s also one of the only non-competitive sports available.
“More practitioners and more parents are becoming aware of the benefits of yoga and seeing their kids can benefit too,” said Liz Eustace, CEO of Alignyo, an online yoga community with a newsletter devoted to all things yoga. “The things that benefit an adult will also benefit a child. Stress reduction, mind- body connection, physical strength – these are things that benefit kids as well as adults.”
So how does a kids yoga teacher keep the kids attention on the “oommm” for an entire class? While there are similarities between kids and adult yoga, a kids class is far more relaxed.
“[Kids and adult classes are] very different, but the foundation is always the same. There’s still the mind-body connection that is the foundation of all yoga,” said Eustace. “But what’s great is there’s a ton of creativity with kids yoga, like meowing like a cat, barking in downward dog or hissing like a cobra. There’s an incredible amount of creativity and playfulness within the foundation of yoga. And it’s these kids moving in such a creative and conscious way that makes it such a fun practice for children to get involved with.”
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If you missed it… Karen Demers, Kindergarten teacher at Carney Academy, also shared her experience with the Yoga Kids program. Read it here!
“Today’s session focused on letting off steam in a positive way! We had a great discussion with the girls for the first hour and thank you to Tim Donohue for the 2nd hour of teaching us some great yoga moves to help us to use yoga as a positive way to let off steam!!” -Venc CulturalSoul
What a great group.
The Life-Skills Program by Yoga Kids, Inc. empowers young people to be resilient. We teach meditation, breathing, and healthy choice-making to children in the urban, public school environment, which is often wrought with chaos and noise.
Imagine being a child in today’s world. In the media, in school, and sometimes even in their own homes, children are barraged with language, violence and sexual content that they are far too young and vulnerable to witness, and yet they do. These psychological stressors have shown to negatively affect cognitive, social and emotional development – impeding learning and inhibiting a child’s chances to succeed.
The Yoga Kids Life-Skills program arms young people with the ability to reflect on and cope with what they see and hear, and steadily gain the inner strength to make better choices. Children will behave as they are taught by adults who are often unwittingly teaching them negative behaviors. Yoga Kids purposefully tries to instill in children the tools they can use in school, in the world, and at home. We teach kids to value themselves and recognize their self-worth.
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“Dear Mr. Donahue, we can’t thank you enough for the amazing work you have been doing with our Kindergarten class. Our children have been using the techniques you have taught them on a daily basis. As you know, we have a very diverse classroom and you have taught all of our children techniques and tools that they can all use whether it be at home or school. During times of stress I have heard …the children tell one another to close their eyes and take a calming breath. As their teacher it’s a wonderful thing to witness! I commend you for your dedication and compassion with our young people in our area. Our Carney students are blessed to have you in their lives.”
Warm regards, K. Demers, Kindergarten teacher, Carney Academy
How wonderful! THANKS so much for sharing this Karen.