We were inspired by a couple of recent articles about kids yoga— one on YogaJournal.com and the other on Prana.com. In short, we adults have MUCH to learn from the way kids practice yoga. Take it directly from our teachers:
From Kaye Standke (Kids Yoga teacher; Mondays, 4:45 p.m.):
I love teaching kids and I am so grateful for the amazing space that Blooma provides to do just that! Not to mention how much the kids love the bolsters, the blocks, and the yummy oil at the end of class.
Teaching Kids Yoga (ages 4-8) for me is a constant reminder to appreciate the simple things in life. They teach me to find joy in just being. They teach me that our bodies naturally want to move into what we adults make “complicated poses” with fancy names. Kids yoga reminds me to find play in all we do!
From Ella Chissotti (Yoga for Tweens teacher; Mondays at 4:45 p.m.):
Tween yoga (ages 9-12) is such an amazing experience. I look forward to teaching my class every week. One of my teachers says, “Breath into the sensations with courage and grace” and that is what I have learned from these girls.
They have so much going on in their lives between school and extra curricular activities and all the physical changes that their bodies are slowly going through. Yet they arrive open to the experience of yoga with a smile on their faces and are excited to go through it together.
When I walk in they all are helping each other out, getting bolsters and mats for one another and I am brought back to the days of wonderful sleepovers, where you feel so at ease with one another and no matter what is going on in life there is this safe little haven to share it all.
In the midst of the change they stay graceful and bright and they inspire me every time.
One day one of my students came, she was going to be singing a solo in her choir and wanted to do yoga before. Truly is there any more to say?
It is wonderful to see that they have embraced yoga as a way of dealing with daily stress and anxiety, so they can feel more secure within themselves and connected to the bright, unique light that each and every one of them is in life.
Need we say more? Check out our other classes for kids, too:
• Yoga for Preschoolers (ages 3-5, without adult; Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m.)
• Yoga for Tots (18 mos-4 years, with adult; Fridays at 11 a.m.)
• 2-for-1 Yoga (a Vinyasa Flow class for a parent and kiddo—aged 7 and up—for the price of one class! Sundays at 12:30 p.m.)
Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma