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Yoga for Kids and Families

Yoga for kids is a great way for children to develop important skills in a fun, healthy, non-competitive environment. Even at a young age, children often feel pressure at school academically and socially, plus the added pressure of competitive organized sports.

It is easy for girls and boys to become overly self-critical, and lose confidence in themselves, as they grow and change. Yoga is a great remedy; there is no judgment in a yoga class about how a child does a pose or plays a game.

Doing a pose ‘perfectly’ is not the aim of yoga – The aim is to nurture a child’s inner strength and self acceptance. This nourishing atmosphere encourages children to relax and have fun while they develop not only strength, coordination, flexibility and balance, but also body awareness, better focus and concentration, and self confidence.

Children are also encouraged to respect and pay attention to their bodies, making sure each pose feels good and coming in and out of positions when they feel ready (something most adults have a hard time doing!). As children grow and their bodies change quickly, this becomes an important skill.

But what makes yoga classes different from other movement-based activities incorporating music and games,like Gymboree’s for example? Besides the immense physical and mental benefits, a central tenet of yoga practice is respect and honor: for ourselves, for each other, and for our environment. In a yoga class, children often go on a magical journey around the world, and learn about many cultures and places.

Since many of the yoga poses in kids yoga classes are of animals, children also learn about different animal habitats, endangered species, and even recycling! This is the philosophy behind ‘Yoga for Kids and Families’. In kids yoga classes, there is a balance between spontaneity and structure, so that children learn to listen to themselves and each other as well as express themselves creatively. Interweaving story, song, games and poses, children learn in a multi-sensory environment, exploring kinesthetic, visual, and aural learning. For more details about kids yoga please visit our Website:  www.rainbowkidsyoga.net or email at: info@rainbowkidsyoga.net (June13/p5).