Yoga for kids

HeadstandEach week while teaching pre-natal yoga at the clinic in Nyuh Kuning, Bali there are usually a few kids running around which creates an atmosphere of fun and play in the class.

Most of the time they follow along and sometimes one of them
will get into a posture that inspires me to then teach that to the rest of the class, with adjustments to make room for pregnant bellies of course.

Now I just need to figure out how to get the kids to stay still in svasana – that’s a challenge!

Check out an excerpt from the Yoga Journal as it’s back to school time…

Back to School Yoga

Children live in a hurry-up world of busy parents, school pressures, incessant lessons, video games, malls, and competitive sports. We usually don’t think of these influences as stressful for our kids, but often they are. The bustling pace of our children’s lives can have a profound effect on their innate joy—and usually not for the better.

Luckily, yoga can help counter these pressures. When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life’s challenges with a little more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that’s noncompetitive. Fostering cooperation and compassion—instead of opposition—is a great gift.

Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface.

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