Children's Yoga Classes coming to the Yoga Barn....
We are looking for your feedback re Children's Yoga in the Barn and depending on the response will organise weekly classes.
The classes will be taught by Tracey, Julia H and Julia D who are all trained by the British Wheel of Yoga and in addition completed the Yoga for Children module.
The ages of the classes will be : 7 to 11 years, 12 to 16 years and the classes will incorporate all aspects of yoga - breathing, posture work, concentration and relaxation.
Are you interested in after school classes?
What age group would suit you best?
Would your school, sports centre, community group be interested in a free taster session?
Here are some of the benefits that children can experience from yoga.
- · Keeps the body healthy internally and externally
- · Improves posture
- · Builds stamina, strength and flexibility
- · Gain stability and balance
- · Improves co-ordination and control of the body – fine tuning the nervous system through large and small movements
- · Healthy spine – lengthens and strengthens
- · Promotes healthy sleeping patterns and teaches the body how to relax
Mental and Emotional
- · Stimulates creative abilities improving imagination
- · Brings clarity through relaxation techniques
- · Relaxation provides a tool for life, which can be used in a variety of life situations
- · Gives experiences of stillness to the mind
- · Improves memory retention helping children to learn more easily
- · Slows brain patterns, making information easier to absorb
Please feel free to contact us with any feedback you may have and look forward to hearing from you.
Benefits of Yoga for Children
Yoga is a whole body practice and it benefits both body and mind. Promoting internal health by toning organs, improving postures, and increasing strength, flexibility, and motor coordination. A child who learns yoga is developing gifts and skills that will last a lifetime.
Yoga’s unique strength is its capacity to exercise the mind, body and spirit. A regular practice of yoga can lead to improved concentration, strength and flexibility in the body and a calm and relaxed approach to things.
Health and Physical Benefits
By learning to develop and maintain good physical health in childhood will set a good pattern in life. It helps to align the spine, massage internal organs and help strengthen and stretch muscles. Yoga keeps the body healthy internally and externally. It aids digestion and helps to develop and stronger heart and lungs. It also helps to fine tune the nervous system through large and small movements so helping coordination. Yoga helps to gain stability and balance and when a mind is stable and balanced the body is stable and balanced. It helps build physical strength, stamina and flexibility and it helps children to become aware of their bodies and creates spatial awareness. It will encourage children to be aware of their posture and how having a bad posture can affect your health and moods.
The yoga system includes exercises for the body that include breathing and these techniques can help centre the mind, increase concentration and help with attention and memory. The breathing practices and relaxation techniques can also be drawn upon when faced with challenges in life. Also, children will become calmer through the breathing exercises and quiet times and this will help still their mind. Anxious children over time will become more confident and outgoing.
Concentration and memory yoga incorporates mental activity throughout the use of games and group activitis. Life gets quite stressful with school and
peer pressures and yoga can help children deal with anger, the pressure to compete and how to resolve arguments and conflicts. Being mindful and present in the moment is one of the many benefits of yoga for the mind.
Spiritual / Emotional Benefits
Yoga is much more than physical exercises and can help a child connect with their spiritual nature. They can draw on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and learn about helpful values, good habits, and exercise, breathing techniques, sense withdrawal, concentration, meditation and spirituality. They can learn about non-violence, truthfulness, not stealing and many more moral conducts of life.
Yoga allows children to connect with their creativity and imagination and also become aware of others stress and emotions and well as there own.
They can begin to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing and make wiser choices.
Yoga embraces all religions and cultures so that any child can make yoga a part of their life and encourage them to find their own spiritual identity.
Yoga is about the connection between the body, mind and spirit and finding the balance with all three. It helps children see the beauty within themselves boosts self-confidence and helps them feel comfortable with their bodies and who they really are.
Tracey, Julia and Julia