Unlike adult yoga classes, the emphasis on teaching yoga to children is rooted in fun and creativity. Yoga poses are often named after animals, e.g., the Cobra, the Camel, the Fish and Butterfly pose. In a Children’s Yoga Class, your child learns the basic yoga poses and they are encouraged to act them out, maybe play yoga games or make up yoga stories based on the name of the animal poses. In addition, your child will be introduced to basic yoga breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and visualisation exercises.
Children can start yoga as young as 3 months old. In fact Baby Yoga is a popular way for parents to bond with their newborn babies as well as encouraging mothers to relax and nurture themselves during the early months of parenting.
Definitely. Yoga is non-competitive and every child is encouraged to work within their own limits. Your Yoga Teacher can readily adapt poses to meet your child’s abilities. If your child requires a Helper, then make sure you let your Yoga Teacher know in advance. I have taught yoga to autistic children and wheel-chair bound children and it’s been well received.
No. Yoga deep breathing exercises encourage your child to breathe correctly. Generally speaking, children under 13 years, do not retain their breath in breathing exercises. In addition, breathing exercises are adapted to suit children, for example the bunny breath, bee breath or hissing like a snake encourages children to exhale fully.
Definitely. Boys greatly benefit from the calm and creative aspects of yoga. I have worked with teen boys who initially thought yoga was a soft option, but were pleasantly surprised at the degree of concentration and focus to balance in the Tree pose or Warrior 3 pose or the arm strength required for Downward Dog Pose and Crow pose.
If you are thinking about introducing your child to Children’s Yoga Classes, take your time, talk through all your concerns with the Yoga Teacher then sit back and watch your child have the most amazing experience of their day.