Kids Yoga Class

20 Dec

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When it comes to teaching children anything, fun is the key. Yoga poses need to be adapted to suit children based on their developmental stages. Children can be categorized into different age groups: 0 to 2 years, 3 to 6 years, 7 to 10 years and 11 to 12 years captures children in similar developmental stages. An 11 year old and 12 year old is a pre-teen, while a 3 to 6 can be considered a toddler. It is important to make yoga fun by incorporating different innovative ideas.

 

CLASSROOM LAYOUT

  • Classroom organization is an important component of setting up the dynamics of a children’s class.
  • •To initiate very young children into yoga and develop trust, it may be a good idea to begin with partnering the kids with their parents or with each other.
  • •Practicing in a circle assists with behavior management and allows the children to look at other children.
  • •Allowing children to work as ‘mirrors’ facing each other can also be a good organizational practice.

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 While performing poses, teachers can engage the children into visualizing a forest or the picture of the animal whose pose they are performing. Sometimes visual flash cards are useful especially if teaching young children or children not speaking the same language as the teacher. A small forest-based role-play can be organized to enable the children to learn the poses thoroughly.

PROPS FOR CHILDREN’S YOGA

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Any safe props can be used for children’s yoga. The props need not be associated with yoga. They are only required to make the process of yoga more interesting. Safe props such as stuffed soft toys, soft balls, hula loops, skipping ropes, etc., can make the poses interesting. Use your imagination to effectively put the props into use. Apart from these, the usual bolsters, pillows, straps and eye pads can also be used. Yoga mats can be used to make a ‘home base’ and are useful for keeping younger children in one spot, giving them somewhere to return to and assisting with behavior management.

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