We conduct classes for children of differnt ages because they need very differnt things to support their development. Below is a little about each age group and here is a link to a great little video where some children talk about their experience of yoga.
Age 5-9 years Book via this link
At this age children are curious learners and love to learn from doing and play. They are fun, lively, imaginative, creative, entertaining and engaging and we use music, songs and their colourful imaginations to explore poses, breath work and some yoga philosophy, with a focus on the benefit this work will bring to the child. This age group is fantastic for the beginning process of a deep inward journey and we begin the term with a short relaxation time, which is extended as the term progresses. We create a safe, inclusive and non-competitive environment to teach the tools for dealing with emotional upsets and mind chatter.
Age 9-12 years Book via this link
At this delightful age children are still enthusiastic learners and want to give everything a go. It is a very open age group and we provide a conducive environment to teach core yogic principles and more detailed postures. Children are challenged by the more detailed postures as at this age they start to doubt themselves and compare themselves to others. We ensure to create a solid, safe and non-competitive, everyone is perfect environment using lots of positive reinforcement to build self-esteem and confidence. We switch between fun and serious, starting the class with a short discussion about the topic of the day. Children at this age have amazing insight into worldly affairs as well as their own emotions and they participate enthusiastically in the discussions, including exploring options of managing emotional upsets. We continue the process of a deep inward journey through breath work and relaxation using visual imagery.
Age 13-15 years Book via this link girls class only this term
At this age of ‘almost grown up’ young people are at the stage of questioning everything and looking for answers to things that don’t make sense anymore. Our focus in teaching this age group is on physical work with a focus on the positive things they can do for their physical health, incorporating back strengthening, belly toning and core strength exercises. We teach techniques to de-stress, handle their emotions and for getting a good night’s sleep. The classes are adapted to the need of the students depending on what is happening in their life at the time, eg exams. Classes incorporate reflection time on breathing and relaxation work, with group discussion on when, how and why certain practices invoke the parasympathetic nervous system to bring balance and harmony. The emphasis is on personal development, not competition, and they explore and extend their capabilities as their confidence in themselves grows.
Until you experience it, you can’t believe that pressing into your feet in dog pose can affect your mind – in a calming way!
Initially I did yoga like I did exercise; I felt I needed ‘fixing’ because of a few injuries. I would push myself in my practice. I wasn’t really listening or feeling present to my body. I was enforcing my will on my body. Realising this has been huge, as this ‘enforcing’ process is actually a big part of the problems I experience.
Only when we are sick of the suffering, when we have reached a place where actions and effort feel hollow or meaningless; or the thrill is just not that big a thrill anymore; or when happiness is mixed with self-doubt and we find ourselves on auto pilot; when we feel brave enough to admit even one of these things to ourselves about ourselves, then we are ready to pose the question of contentment, forgiveness and a life of peace, then we are tilling the soil in which a yoga practice can spout Yoga.