Introduction to Teaching Yoga to Children

April 26 - 28, 2015


Mira Binzen

Description

Share your love of yoga with children. Drawing from current child-development principles, you will learn how to turn the ancient science of yoga into the fun, appealing, age-appropriate stuff kids love. You will gain a deeper understanding of yoga and acquire many tools and techniques for bringing the benefits of yoga to children through postures, breathing, visualization, sound and movement, games, stories, and more. Previous yoga experience is helpful but not required. 

 

The Benefits of Teaching Yoga to Children

Mental: relieve stress, improve focus, cultivate healthy habits, raise self-awareness.

Physical: develop balance, strength, flexibility, and coordination; teaches deep breathing and body awareness.

Emotional: build self-esteem, teach relaxation, generate a sense of peace.

Self-regulation: provide tools children can draw upon in daily life to regulate their behavior and moods.

 

Specialized Techniques for Kids Include:

  • Asana (yoga postures)
  • Proper breathing
  • Deep relaxation
  • Visualization
  • Sound and movement
  • Chanting
  • Cooperative games
  • Partner poses
  • Stories