We’re all aware that movement is key to keeping our bodies and minds healthy. Anxiety levels in young adults and children are on the increase, as are lifestyle related health concerns. Our kids are still active; football, dancing, rugby, cycling, but if you’re an adults practicing yoga, you know the benefits it brings. And it’s exactly the same for kids. In fact it’s easier, because kids are AWESOME at yoga. It’s the most natural thing for their bodies to do so all we need to do is encourage it. Sun saluting 3 year olds? Definitely – when was the last time you were a dog, or a cat? It’s the best fun in the world. 7 year olds practising mindfulness and meditation? Really…. yes….. A guided exercise, taking in a tree, it’s textures, it’s sounds, it’s smells, it’s inhabitants – just the start. Tweenies love a shoulder stand. The most surprising thing is that most kids crave savasana. Maybe I’ve been very lucky as a teacher, but once they get into the habit, a 5-10 minute relax is really looked forward to. If we can practice savasana, getting to sleep on our own gets easier. And we haven’t got to body confidence and self confidence yet!
As a teenager or just moved to secondary school, yoga is brilliant for providing stability and nourishment when things might feel a little wobbly; as well as preventing it feeling a bit wobbly!
I teach kids and family yoga at Ember Yoga, Hampton Hill as well as Greenacres Nurseries (Yoga Tots), Waldegrave Girls School (Years 7-12) and Hampton Boys. The Marble Hill Park Community Yoga sessions on Saturday mornings are also family friendly.