Yoga for Children
Why is an ancient practice from the East so popular in the West today? Yoga is for everyone. It is the science of right living. It meets each student right where he or she is regardless of age, ability or level of health.
Children love yoga. They love the movement and creative expression associated with the poses (called yoga asanas). They appreciate the benefits and they cherish the opportunity to “rest” at the end of each class.
The movements are organic. The asanas are modeled after appealing animals and elements – lions, snakes, rivers and trees. This naturally makes the practice engaging for children when presented in a dynamic way. A childrens’ yoga class typically features stories, games, animal sounds and laughter. This all adds up to the most important element – fun! Their enjoyment of the classes would be reason enough to teach yoga to children – but the benefits go far beyond. Yoga can give children the ability to:
• Develop strength, flexibility and coordination – of both body and mind
• Improve focus
• Raise self-awareness
• Build self-esteem
• Release stress
• Relax completely
• Breathe well
• Cultivate healthy habits
• Generate a sense of inner peace and contentment they can share with the world
These benefits are available to all who engage in the practice of yoga. Older youth and teens right up through adults appreciate the chance to know themselves better on all levels and to cultivate a sense of mastery within. – Mira Binzen, Director of Training, Global Family Yoga. http://globalfamilyyoga.com
“Children come into this world very pure. It is up to the adults to help them stay bright, strong and healthy.”
– Sri Swami Satchidananda –
Kid’s Yoga Class
Margo Tessensohn, RYT
Margo was certified to teach Yoga for Children and Families in 2009 by Mira Binzen. She is certified and registered with the Yoga Alliance. She is passionate about teaching children how to use their minds and bodies to create a healthy and useful life.
Pre-teens and Teens Yoga Classes
Ages 10 and Older
You are welcome to bring your children ages 10 and older to the Gentle Yoga Classes at Red Sun Yoga.
Please check the schedule to determine what times will work best for you and your children. Once you have established a regular yoga practice you can move into the Hatha Level I classes and beyond.
Special Needs Children – Yoga Classes
Private Lessons may be scheduled that incorporate an integrated system of hatha yoga poses, specialized breathing exercises, music and sound therapy and relaxation techniques. These lessons are designed to increase basic motor, cognitive and communication skills in children with developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida. It helps reduce hyperactivity, balance emotions, improves concentration, coordination, and self-control in children with learning disabilities, autism, ADHD and ADD.
Janet Cabai-Clark, CYT
Janet has completed over 100 credit hours of certification in children’s yoga, specializing in children with special needs in programs held in Chicago, IL, Portland, OR and Lake Mary, FL. She is also certified to teach prenatal yoga.
Yoga with school aged children balances quiet and active poses with game playing, singing, storytelling, drawing, simple breath meditations and rest. Children can easily follow the teacher’s instructions by learning the names of different body parts, their locations and function. As children learn the names of the postures and movements they develop a yoga vocabulary. They can use their yoga poses to play games, take on the qualities of different animals or use their imaginations to make up stories about animals on a farm, climbing a mountain or trekking through a jungle. They can each assume the role of leader and teach their classmates a yoga posture or breathing exercise. Their yoga improves very quickly.
Pre-teens and teens learn about anatomy and physiology in greater depth. We discuss how muscles and joints allow bones to move; how yoga and meditation affect digestion, immune and neurological functions and the nervous and glandular systems; how yoga and meditation can help them study for exams and cope with the stress and pressures of daily life. The classes are physically challenging and provide a complete workout for young bodies.