Kids Yoga Classes are back in Nelson, NZ
Every Friday at 4pm during the school term, I will be teaching a 60 minute kids yoga class.
Location: The Masonic Hall on Collingwood Street.
For payment details, please send me a message and I will contact you.
Don’t forget to bring a mat.
Here are some reasons why kids yoga classes will benefit your child.
As we know being a child can sometimes be quite challenging, as they are constantly learning how to deal with emotional, social, and physical challenges or conflicts. By having a dedicated and intentional yoga practice that includes breathing techniques, behavioral guidelines, relaxation techniques and physical postures, this can be incredibly valuable for them. They can take these tools away with them and begin to practice them on a daily basis. If they find themselves in a challenging situation, they can begin to practice mindful breathing to relax and stay calm, or they may notice they are becoming more aware of how they treat other people and become less reactive to different situations at school etc, giving them an overall feeling of self confidence and self respect.
A child’s yoga practice is a rare opportunity to experience play and focus without worrying about being wrong, or having to be the best and is therefore a great option for children who shy away from physical activity or group activities for fear of failure or being picked on.
Here are 5 benefits of attending a kids yoga class.
It Enhances Physical Flexibility Yoga promotes physical strength because kids learn to use all of their muscles in new ways. Whether a pose is done standing, sitting, or lying down, each one can challenge various muscle groups while helping a child become aware of his body and how it efficiently functions.
It Refines Balance and Coordination Balance is a key element of yoga. Balancing poses were created to promote mental and physical poise, as mental clarity and stability emerge from the effort of trying the poses. Even if a child has difficulty standing on one foot, she/he learns mental and physical balance.
It Develops Focus and Concentration The act of practicing poses encourages children to clear their mind and focus on the effort. As a result of this single focus to achieve a particular pose or stay balanced, yoga helps children to focus and concentrate in school.
It Boosts Self-Esteem and Confidence Yoga helps to instill confidence and to bring learning to children on an experiential level. It is our responsibility to develop our children’s sense of wonder and to give them a strong sense of self so they know where they belong in this world and can contribute to making their community a better place. Yoga also provides tools for practicing compassion, mindfulness, generosity, focus, strength, and flexibility.
It Strengthens the Mind-Body Connection Yoga helps kids achieve a sound mind in a sound body by exercising the physical body and calming the mental spirit. As parents we want our children to act and behave with mindfulness and with compassion, to be brave, to know love and happiness, and to find inner peace. Unfortunately, it seems, the modern world is speeding up and children, as sensitive as they are, are beginning to experience all sorts of pressure (personal, parental, social) to keep up with everyone around them. Yoga functions as a release valve that alleviates pressure and works as a foundation to nurture and develop a resilient, resourceful and relaxed body and mind.