My Yoga classes for kids begin with a short period of centering in which the children learn how to bring their awareness to their breath. Over time, they begin to understand that coming back to their breath can help them return to a peaceful place whenever they are feeling anxious or overwhelmed.
It goes without saying that we live in a world of sensory overload and the more sensitive nervous systems of children are struggling to cope. They can feel that they are always “on” and can never switch off. Becoming mindful of their breath is a very effective way to help them do this.
Children obviously need to move so after centering, we next work with selected Yoga poses for kids to encourage them to develop a positive relationship with their body and understand the importance of keeping it healthy. This section of the lesson is done in the form of storytelling often referencing nature, animals and the elements. Some of the poses I chose are calming Yoga poses for kids, some are easy Yoga poses for kids and some are more challenging. However, whatever practice I am working with, during this period of mindful movement, the children are learning how to move their body with control while at the same time keep their mind quietly alert.
Finally, the children are invited to lie down on their mat and I end the class with a guided relaxation giving them time to rest and restore. Exhaustion is common in children for a number of reasons and when they are tired, paying attention becomes harder and they can start to feel overwhelmed. The beautiful, age-appropriate relaxations I have designed help the children learn how to restore their energy even when they aren’t sleeping.
Many of the children have told me that the guided relaxation is the part of the class they love the most!
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