Yoga for children

About Course

Introducing yoga into a young child's life can mean that you give your child the start they need to manage emotions, develop cognitive function, balance, focus during school, build confidence, Self-esteem and most importantly, love and kindness for themselves and others​. During a Kind Kids session, we begin by sharing a moment of gratitude for the day and all those who are in it. We learn important yet fun breathing methods (pranayama) which set the tone for the rest of the class and week!  We learn yoga movements (asanas) which are done with a fun story, to provoke awareness of our body, build flexibility, strength and release physical and emotional tension from the body. various yoga and mindfulness games are played each week focusing on different elements of yoga philosophy, this is sometimes combined with arts and crafts.  To end the session we lay down into our savasana, where the children are guided on a meditation which allows them to drift into their own imagination.  ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

Description

  1. Kind Kids, Kind World.

Set your child off to a good start and enrich them with yoga and mindfulness!

In the world we live in, there is a lot going on, from home life to school and children are now getting an even earlier start on social media. This can be overwhelming. Big emotions are difficult for children to navigate with all the additional expectations. This is why here at Kind Kids, the classes have been created to allow children to be kind to themselves and others.

Kindness doesn’t always come naturally. If we are under stress and unable to manage the negative emotions, they can begin to affect us in the long run and also our relationships.

Along with creating a calmer mind, yoga has many physical benefits that contribute to their development. Yoga brings balance, stability, and strength, building healthy bones and mobility. With the yoga asanas (postures), combined with breathing techniques, it builds on their mental strength to focus during class, sleep better and create coherence between the left and right side of the brain (like mini dolphins!). When this balance occurs we are able to be both logical and creative, thus making it easier for us to overcome life’s difficulties. Overall yoga is about creating calm, balance, and harmony into all aspects of life, enabling kids to be kind to themselves, to others, and the planet.

What Will I Learn?

  • Here are some of the benefits of yoga for children and for anyone who wishes to start practising;
  • Managing emotions- Learning breathing and mindfulness techniques which calm and relax. Gentle movement moves tension held in the body, yoga is proving to have a positive effect on those dealing with anxiety and stress.
  • Focus and concentration- Yoga postures involve maintaining balance and focus for periods of time. This builds strength in the body and also the mind, bringing more focus when studying and learning during school time.
  • Balance- Postures help with balancing and also bring balance to the mind so that we are able to make clear and healthy life choices.
  • Gross motor skills/ cognitive development- Along with the balancing poses, yoga involves twisting and crossing over of the limbs, which send signals to the left and right side of the brain, creating coherence. We also like to play games during our sessions which encourages cognitive development. if your child has a diagnosis of dyslexia and dyspraxia this would be highly recommended.
  • Behaviour- When we are feeling stressed, anxious or have various things going on in our lives, this can have an impact on our behaviour. Yoga brings peace of mind and tools to encourage positive behaviour and also learn that it's ok not to be perfect all the time. There is no good or bad, we just need to learn how to express ourselves appropriately.
  • Sleep and routine- Yoga encourages better sleep and the routine of getting up and going to bed will be improved. When we practice yoga regularly, we calm the nervous signal response, which tells us it's safe to sleep and relax.
  • Body health- practising yoga helps keep the body moving and the muscles stretched to relieve tension and strain. When a child is developing, it is crucial that they maintain good spinal health, this is done through the postures, building core strength. Hypermobility is very common in children and would need the support of yoga to build strength in those areas to avoid injury or overexertion.
  • Internal body- breathing and gentle body movement sends signals to our nervous system that it is time to relax. When we relax we are able to sleep, learn and function fully. Our hormones are also releasing endorphins and serotonin to the brain. When our bodies are overstressed, this is fight or flight, releasing cortisol, which over time, if not addressed can have a serious impact on our body.
  • State of mind- Learning to be positive, kind and loving to ourselves and others will build self-esteem and improve mental health. Over time if we neglect our emotional wellbeing, bury feelings and thoughts and allow others to treat us badly, then this can create mental illnesses like depression. When we have an understanding of who we are in the world and how to let go of negative or traumatic situations we are able to be more confident, have better relationships with others and ourselves.

Topics for this course

7 Lessons

Yoga introduction?

This second of the course is about who is providing the course, what yoga can do your child and the benefits.
Lesson

Morning Yoga?

This class will be a routine that you can start to do every morning. See how it changes how you feel each morning. Do you find everyone is a bit calmer?

Therapeutic yoga?

This class will give you a chance to experience a relaxed state of being. Nurturing children that are partially sensitive.

Yoga story?

This yoga session is about following along to a yoga story. Great for children that need visualization and some added fun!

mindfulness activity?

For this activity, you will need to visit the garden or somewhere in nature first to collect leaves, flowers/petals, rocks and pebbles as we will be making mandalas from nature. If for some reason you wish not to use nature, you can also use cut up paper or dry pantry foods (pasta, dried lentils, beans)

Meditation?

All you will need is a quiet space either laying or sitting down. If you wish you can use warm socks, blankets and pillows for extra comfort.

Bed time yoga?

This is a yoga sequence that you can use before bedtime and as part of the nightly routine. Along with the video, you also have a checklist as a guide to creating a night-time routine that will help your child improve their sleep and feel more relaxed before bed.
$19.99 $5.55

Requirements

  • Children should be accompanied by an adult, to ensure their safety. If the parent is pregnant or postnatal, please just be a watching guide, unless you have been cleared by a doctor that says you can take part in the course.
  • A yoga mat is ideal, but otherwise, clear space to move around, any blankets, pillows to provide extra support.