Kids and Parents

  

Peaceful Heart Yoga has classes for kids and parents with their kids!  

Parent Yoga - yoga for you, bring your kids (all ages)
Family Yoga - yoga for kids and parents 

Click HERE to see details on all of the classes for kids and parents



Some Kids Yoga techniques to use at home....

Breathing:    

1. Centering/calming  (compare to an elongated exhale and the relaxing effects of making noise with your exhale)

       "Peace Breath" -  inhale through nose, exhale the whispered word "peace".  

       "Flower Breath" - hold out your hand and imagine the perfect flower to bring you the energy you need growing out of it - take a big         "smell" of it breathing in through the nose and exhale with an audible sigh of contentment. 

       "Om Breath" -  inhale lift arms to the sky and bring palms together, exhale the sound "oooommm" as you bring your hands to the           heart.

2. To "go with the flow" even if you don't want to do something, become like a river - "River Breath":  sit with legs straight out in front, breathe in reach arms to the sky then exhale as you say whoosh and the arms reach for the toes like waves over the legs. (compare to seated forward fold)

3. To express anger - "Volcano Breath" - stand with legs wide, bend knees.  rub the hands together to make heat and tighten the body as you feel the anger.  sink toward the ground as you breathe in and explode popping up and making noise.  grab the clarified power of the anger floating in front of you to return to your body for conscious use - asking for what you need, clarifying miscomunications, telling somebody "no" or standing up for yourself.  

4. Things too serious? -  "Laughing Breath" - stand, breathe in as you reach to the sky, exhale swoosh your hands toward the ground bending in half as you laugh and laugh. (compare to breath of joy)

5. Need some energy?  "Reach for the sun Breath" -  inhale as you reach up with one hand, exhale say "ha" powerfully as you pretend to have taken a chunk from the sun and put it into your own belly (solar plexus). Do 4 - 10 times alternating hands. (compare to bastrika breath)

 

Moving:

Cat/cow (from hands and knees - rounded and arched back)

Downward Dog (hands and feet, bottom up high - a triangle)

Tree (stand on one foot, other foot on opposite inner side of leg, knee open)

Frog (squat)

Cresent moon (standing, arms overhead hands together arch to the side)

Bird (stand on one straight strong leg, hinge in half as you put other leg straight out behind you, "wings" extended to the side)

Bee (yoga mudra - hands clasp and pull back behind back - exhale bzzzz as you fly around)

Snake (cobra - on belly, hands under shoulders push up, exhale sssss as you lower)

 

Mirror game:  Face your partner and take turns being the leader as your "mirror" does exactly as you do.

Tree and Wind game:  One partner stands in tree pose - strong and steady with your roots and gazing at a spot on the floor or wall in front of you.  Other partner tries to distract you (without touching!) to get you to fall down (you're late! i want a toy! whooosh! jumping up and down around you)



Why yoga for kids?

Through yoga, meditation and mindfulness children may...

  * develop more body awareness, increasing confidence

  * move while they learn, syncing body movement and mind development     which has been shown to increase academic success

  * reduce stress by using the breath and moving the body

  * maintain/recreate self-respect and a sense of worth and love for self

  * reduce fears and phobias

  * go to sleep easier

  * become stronger and more confident physically, mentally and emotionally

  * feel empowered

  * learn that being sensitive is a beautiful gift and find tools to feel safe



***  Your child is already naturally skilled at yoga!  She/he does not need to be calm and quiet to do yoga.  Kids yoga is meant to be fun and full of movement and can also teach calming skills.  The "craziest" of kids need these classes the most because yoga can give them the grounding they desperately need! ***




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