After finding DP Wellbeing in August 2015 I quickly became aware of the benefits yoga brought to my body and mind. As a qualified Early Years Professional I had spent many years working within local authority education settings and in the voluntary sector. My personal yoga journey got me thinking about some of the children and families I had supported and I realised yoga could be beneficial to children too.
So with this in mind I found Little Greene Yoga, a Glasgow based Yoga School also offering Children’s Yoga Teacher Training Courses. I completed the training in October 2016 and became qualified to teach yoga to children aged 3 – 8 years. On the final day of training I was assessed teaching a class of P2 children at a primary school in Glasgow. Quite daunting I had originally thought, but they were wonderful and I had no need to worry.
A few weeks after my training I was lucky enough to start teaching classes at DP Wellbeing and I will always be very grateful to Daria and Phil for having faith in me and letting teach kids classes in their studio. It really is just the most perfect space to teach children and I love every minute of it!
Kids classes are very different to adult classes. The children don’t have the same level of concentration and are not expected to hold postures for long periods. The emphasis is on having fun rather than striving for perfection…a bit like Daria’s classes when I think about it, but with no abs! Sometimes I deliver the kids classes using stories that I create and incorporate yoga poses in to the stories. This helps to hold the children’s attention and engages them very well. They really love the yoga stories. I use lots of tactile objects such as feathers for breathing exercises, breathing sticks made with pipe cleaners and coloured beads and soft coloured pom poms which they try to pick up using their toes to stretch and strengthen little feet. If you struggle when Daria tells you to stretch your toes try this pom pom exercise!
Children benefit in so many ways during a yoga class, here are some examples of the benefits yoga can give them:
- breathing exercises help to calm their bodies, reduces anxiety and stress
- improves concentration , listening, attention and language skills
- helps children to develop an awareness of themselves and others
- improves balance, body awareness and co-ordination
- builds strength and improves fitness
- helps to develop good posture, strength and flexibility
- supports attention and behaviour
- enhances social skills
Classes are different each week, although they follow a similar structure helping to make the children feel secure. We have great fun doing partner exercises and the children enjoy savasana as much as the adults, including legs up the wall. They love having a cosy blanket over them too, although they’ve developed a habit of hiding under the blankets when parents arrive to collect them! For the children savasana may be about riding on a magic carpet or imagining their mat as a slice of hot toast beneath them and their body as the butter melting onto the toast.
This blog has been written by Debbie Brown, our Kids Yoga teacher.
We have 3 weekly kids yoga classes as well as our own Facebook page DP Kids Yoga.
- Monday 4pm age 5 – 8 years
- Friday 1pm Parent & Child Yoga
- Friday 2pm age 3 – 5 years.
Classes are 45 minutes and are booked as a block of 4 classes. All children aged 3 – 8 years will be welcomed to the classes regardless of ability or stage of development.