A typical class will involve the Kids using their voices to 'Om' together to open the class and 'bring everyone together'. They'll learn the names of the poses in the Sun Salutation (via call and response) and then learn to coordinate their movements with their breath by moving through these poses together in a 'Sun Salutation Flow' - a traditional full body warm up used during most Vinyasa Style Yoga classes. ('Vinyasa' means 'to place' and is used to refer to the style of Yoga where breath and movement are in unison)
Hayley will present a theme for each class in which the following activities will be based around.
Yoga Games to get to know each other and burn off some energy. Learning activity/craft. Learning a positive affirmations. Learning different breathing techniques. and finishing with some 'Relaxation/Meditation'.
7 Benefits of Yoga for Young Kids
1. Yoga helps children manage their anxiety. The breathing exercises and relaxation techniques learned from practicing yoga can help children with stress management.
2. Yoga improves children’s emotional regulation. It helps children learn to be in the present moment while relaxing and gaining a peaceful state of mind, which ultimately improves their emotional regulation.
3. Yoga boosts children’s self-esteem. Yoga for kids can do wonders for their self-esteem. Perfecting a pose or improving their balance and flexibility can give young children a sense of personal empowerment.
4. Yoga increases children’s body awareness and mindfulness. Going through a variety of yoga poses helps children learn about their bodies and the movements they’re capable of doing.
5. Yoga enhances children’s concentration and memory. The different types of moves requires children to focus and work on their memorisation skills—both of which can translate over into their academic performance.
6. Yoga develops children’s strength and flexibility. Yoga helps strengthen children’s growing bodies and helps them improve their flexibility, which can reduce their chance of injury.
7. Yoga teaches discipline and reduces impulsivity. Yoga can reduce challenging behaviours by providing a physical outlet for children to express themselves and helping them bring more awareness about themselves and how they interact with others. It also teaches children about discipline as they work on clearing their minds and perfecting their poses.