When you think about yoga, what is the very first image you see in your head? I would hazzard a guess, it is of a uncommonly quiet room, with highly flexible people bending over backwards. While this yoga is beneficial for adults, it isn’t what doing yoga with young children is about for me.
Granted some children may be able to be still and quiet while practicing yoga, but not all younger children will. If you are sharing yoga with younger children, making the poses fun can be just as beneficial as the silent yoga practice we see in media. As children grow older, you can transition to a silent practice, but there is no reason not to make yoga fun for all.
I love the laughter that happens when young children try new poses and master old ones. Yoga with kids can be free flowing and less structured than a regular class, this allows for fun, exercise and relaxation. Children’s bodies are meant to move and their minds need to learn. Why not share yoga with them, let their bodies move, let their minds learn to relax, share in some fun times and enjoy your time together.
Yoga can be fun and games if you make it so. When doing poses make animal sounds, read a poem about animals while holding the pose, practice listening to your breath, sing, or just be still in the pose. It is about starting a lifetime of love for yoga and relaxation more than finding perfection is a pose.
I found that the children in my childcare enjoyed doing yoga! As a group we made the Yoga Deck of Poses to share our Yoga style with other parents and childcare parents who want to share the in the fun. Please remember that my approach is not the only way, there are many notable yoga videos/cards/books for children available.
Purchase a Deck of Poses and watch your mini yogi's emerge!
$12 dollars (Includes shipping in the United States)Set of 25 poses with activities for each pose