YOGA FOR KIDS
Check out my You Tube channel for kids yoga classes I've recorded with my own children during lockdown.
We have also recorded a series of yoga lessons for the Eco Explorers Club which is an SSE Airtiricity/Dublin Zoo initiative. Click here to see these lessons as well as other cool activities that teach children about biodiversity and protecting our planet.
My Qualifications and Background
In 2016, I qualified as a Yoga for Kids teacher, through the Elbow Room teacher training. This training brought together my own yoga experience and my experience of teaching yoga to my own small children who were aged 2, 4 and 6 at the time. I now teach children aged from 3 to 13 years.
The classes I teach in schools are tailored to the age of the children. For the little ones, yoga involves lots of stories, singing and make-believe. The slightly older kids are able for a little more in terms of yoga poses but I still build the class around stories, songs and games. For preteen children, yoga and its non-competitive nature, can be a lovely balance to the rest of their busy lives, allowing boys and girls to enjoy movement for the joy of it.
Yoga philosophy helps all kids to learn values such as sharing, non-violence towards themselves, others and their environment, only taking as much as you need, telling the truth and much more. We can explore this through stories and even how we view ourselves and take care of our bodies as we move.
All yoga classes, even for 3 year olds, involve breathing and relaxation. We do this in various fun ways but it is a fantastic way to teach children techniques for calming down and staying centered - something that will serve them for life!
I have been amazed at how many children, especially pre-teens, enjoy the deep relaxation at the end of the practice.