Lotus Kids Yoga
Ages 5-7, kids only class
Saturdays, 3:00-4:45pm, On-going
Beginning March 3, Class Will Start at 1:00
No Class April 28
Facilitator: Candice Weber
$10 drop-ins, per child
$8 per first child and $5 for additional siblings when you purchase a package of 4 classes. Must use within two months of purchase.
Try the first class out and pay after class, per your interest. Cash or checks only please.
Cooperative games, theme activities, storytelling, music, and art engage the natural energy and enthusiasm of the 5, 6 and 7-year old child. Classes explore Yoga poses, breathing exercises, visual imagery and relaxation techniques while conveying lessons in self-expression, body image, social skills, positive thinking, and environmental awareness.
Your Class Teachers
The demand for Kids Yoga classes is on the rise! More and more, Yoga studios, schools, community centers and families around the globe are adding children’s yoga classes to their daily schedules. There is a significant difference between teaching adults and kids and it is essential that teachers undergo the appropriate studies with a qualified, reputable, substantial training.
All of our Lotus Kids Yoga classes are facilitated by individuals that love yoga and children, and have been trained through Next Generation Yoga™ Teacher Training for 2-7 Years. This 25-hour intensive provides a comprehensive, hands-on exploration of unique NGY methods for combining the ancient practice of Yoga with the playful nature of children. Age-appropriate poses, thematic classes, child development principles and behavior management techniques were learned with proven practices for developing meaningful Yoga experiences with children.
Lotus Kids Class Facilitator
Hello! My name is Candice. I am an accountant by trade. On my spiritual journey, I was introduced to yoga. Yoga provided me with a great inner peace and joy so mammoth that I felt called to share yoga with others. Trusting my intuition, I decided to take the Next Generation Kid’s Yoga teacher training for 2-7 year olds, hosted by Sunshine Family Yoga. We live in a fast-paced, instant information, and pressure-packed world. Today’s children are faced with a myriad of both challenges and opportunities. Yoga provides a safe place for a child to release the stress and pressures from life replenishing within them the good that is in the world. It is now my dream to be able to be of service to our children by teaching yoga to them.
Lotus Kids Yoga Benefits:
1. Maintains Flexibility and Strengthens Growing Bodies
Children are born with an innate flexibility and yoga poses help to prolong this gift. Poses like Warrior One and Two aid in developing strength in their growing muscles and bodies. Strength and flexibility allow for fewer and less-severe injuries, especially when kids are engaged in sports, playground activity, and good ol’ rough and tumbling.
2. Enhances Concentration
In kids’ yoga classes, some poses are fast moving while others are slow paced. This allows children to learn self-control, enhancing their focus and awareness. Moving from Flying Bird Pose (Warrior Three) to balancing in Tree Pose takes great attention—a skill that is essential in most learning environments.
3. Increases Self-Esteem
When a child displays great strength, focus, and flexibility in Yoga, it does wonders for their confidence. A successful Crow Pose yields poise and power, which leads them to believe in and pursue their true abilities. Yoga success grants children persistence to achieve greatness as they embark on all of life’s adventures.
4. Teaches Present Moment Awareness
Yoga philosophy teaches present moment awareness because when our mind is thinking about the past or future, we are missing the most valuable now. When children are engaged, focused, having fun, and following a yoga lesson, they are in the present moment. As well, a good quality children’s yoga teacher will redirect kids and teach them about this valuable tool so they can carry it throughout their life.
5. Cultivates a Peaceful, Relaxed State of Body and Mind
All yoga classes conclude with a quiet time, also known as Deep Relaxation. Different from napping, this is an all-time favorite for yoginis of all ages. Called the “Do Nothing Pose,” children relish lying on their backs in quiet, peaceful stillness, sometimes with music and a guided visualization, foot massage, or an herbal eye pillow. Even if just for three minutes, children learn to understand the importance of this peace and can carry it with them into their daily lives.
6. Gives Tools for Stress Management
Practicing yoga provides kids an immediate outlet to reduce stress in a safe and nurturing environment. It is a physical exercise that produces happy endorphins. While breathing exercises slow down the heart rate, relaxation techniques are powerful sources for calming the mind and the body. Yoga teaches non-judgment and non-competition toward oneself and one another. These are all tools that a child can carry in to any difficult life situation.
7. Sparks Creativity in Ripe Imaginations
Kid’s yoga classes often infuse themes that are fun and engaging like “A Trip to the Beach” or “Jungle Safari.” When children are allowed the opportunity make up their own yoga poses to fit with the theme and express their experiences throughout the class, it inspires them to be free, creative, and self-expressive. Not only is this playful and fun, but it invites kids to tap into their own creativity and use their boundless imaginations without judgment.
8. Encourages Kind Peer and Social Interactions
Yoga teaches children that we are all the same inside, despite our outward appearance, race, and religion. We all have bodies that function, hearts that love, and feelings that feel. Partner yoga poses allow children to fully understand this concept of oneness by working together. Yoga inspires kids to be kind, patient, accepting, and emphatic with themselves and their peers.
9. Enhances Body Awareness
Yoga poses vary from balancing, strengthening, twisting, back bending, and inverting. All of these poses have the ability to teach a child about their body. Yoga teaches children to listen to where in their bodies they feel a movement and express how it makes them feel when they are complete. Body awareness is an invaluable tool for all stages and ages of life.
10. Teaches Discipline and Responsibility
Yoga is not a destination; rather it is a journey of a lifetime, which takes discipline. Ideally, when children learn at a young age the benefit of a committed practice, it ripples out into their everyday life activities, relationships, and responsibilities. When they learn that yoga takes practice versus an immediate accomplishment, they learn and accept that life is a path with good days, bad days, and everything in between.
These are just ten of the many amazing benefits that kids reap from doing yoga, per Jodi Komitor's Next Generation Yoga Blog; Giving Kids the Gift of Yoga ~ Top 10 Benefits of Yoga for Children. May 21, 2014, About NGY, Empowerment, Kids Yoga