My yoga practice has flourished in waves over the past 10 years, keeping me grounded and healthy through various stages in my life. Watching my five year old daughter start to use her own yoga tools has taken this journey even further. When opportunities for me to explore movement and breathing with kids started to pop up at school, church and play, I decided to take a Little Pretzels teacher training. It is such a beautiful thing to share yoga with little ones, because what I’ve learned is that it’s not so much about the flow, the pose or the sequence. Rather, it’s about the stories, laughter, imagination and music that guide the movement. If you are considering sharing your practice with the children in your life, I highly recommend it. Here are some things to consider:
How do children benefit from yoga?
- Promotes an open, upright posture threatened by mobile devices
- Nurtures body and breath awareness
- Cultivates inner journey
- Encourages creativity, the imagination
- Teaches focus and concentration
Where and when is the best time?
- Anywhere: at home or outdoors
- It’s a great winter activity
- Before or after school, before bed
What are some pointers?
- Keep it fun
- Keep it brief (20-30 min.)
- Keep it moving.
What are some good resources? (links to each item included in their title, just click to learn more!)
- Online – Cosmic Yoga
- Follow a yoga book – “What I See I Can Be” by Janet Williams, Good Morning Yoga by Mariam Gates, Good Night Yoga by Mariam Gates
- Yoga Cards – “The Kids Yoga Deck” by Annie Buckley
- YouTube – Cosmic Kid’s Yoga
Deborah VanderKruk, RMT
Certified Kids Yoga Instructor