Children are in their element when they can be free. Within the confines of a yoga class, they can play and move using both their creativity and imagination. Yoga for children aids their nervous, respiratory and digestive systems. It helps to keep them calm and focused. Yoga is non-competitive so they can never be wrong in a class and they can always feel completely safe to try new things and not get hurt.
Children benefit enormously from yoga. It enhances their strength, flexibility, co-ordination and body awareness. Through yoga, children’s concentration, relaxation and sense of peacefulness and calmness improve. Yoga is in itself a physical activity and children learn to exercise and play simultaneously.
Ages 2-4 yrs Classes are fun and creative. Yoga poses for this age-group are playful and help teach a developing child about his body and how it moves. Classes incorporate animal yoga poses, songs, stories, and games that help develop positive life skills. Time at the end of each class is given for imaginative relaxation using both music and stories.
Pre-school 3-4 yrs Creative and fun, these classes stimulate imagination, maintain flexibility and develop conscious breathing. Classes’ combines yoga poses with songs, stories, games and relaxation techniques. Classes also enhance motor co-ordination and play skills.
Ages 4-6 yrs Classes are fun and engaging and explore yoga poses, breathing exercises, visual imagery and relaxation exercises. Classes are non-competitive and offer a safe environment whereby children can develop strength, flexibility, concentration and confidence. Each class also conveys lessons in self-expression, body image, social skills, positive thinking, and environmental awareness.
Ages 7–11 yrs Classes encourage a deeper sense of body awareness, self-exploration and interpersonal skills. Classes are alive with flowing sequences, balancing poses, breathing exercises, and creative relaxation techniques. Partner poses and yoga games integrate interpersonal and social skills.
Teens learn to build strength and flexibility while developing both body and mind. Classes are flowing but also work on correct body alignment and posture as well as visualisation and relaxation. Self-reflection and peer interaction create a nourishing environment whereby teenagers can develop confidence, self-acceptance and a sense of connectedness.
Ages 12-15 yrs Children lengthen and strengthen their bodies with flowing sequences, balancing poses, breathing exercises, and simple relaxation techniques. Partner work and fun yoga activities lead to positive interaction and communication.