‘Optimal learning occurs in conjunction with positive emotional states’ Willis 2006
Yoga can help children build self esteem, reduce anxiety and depression. Yoga promotes better sleep, body awareness, strong bones, muscle strength and flexibility. It also helps improve balance, posture and digestive function as well as assisting in neuromuscular development.
For children with additional needs like Autism and ADHD it can help improve motor control and motor planning skills, develop physical strength, improve flexibility and correct postural misalignment, increase self-awareness, establish calm and organised mental states, improve concentration, reduce hyperactivity, relieve respiratory ailments, develop the ability to relax and release tension.
The classes I design for children, are first and foremost designed to be fun. We usually begin our classes with settling in the form of guided breathing exercises, move onto asana (yoga poses) and finish in relaxation, often using a visualisation to guide children into stillness. I incorporate mindful activities to encourage focus and a stilling of the mind as well as games to reinforce the poses, as the children learn them.
I feel it's important to incorporate the yoga philosophy concepts from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Yamas and Niyamas. For example ahimsa which is kindness and compassion, stay which is being true to yourself and santosha which translates as contentment. These are introduced and also discussed at age appropriate levels.
The autumn term starts the week commencing 26th August:
P5-P7 Tuesday & Wednesdays 6-6.30pm (currently FULL please contact me to be added to the waiting list)
Teen Yoga (from S1 upwards) Tuesday & Wednesdays 7-7.45pm
Please contact me for further information or to book your child into a taster session.