The description of Yoga for Preschoolers
teaching preschool-age yogis who are light-hearted, creative, energetic, and (thankfully) quite forgiving is immensely rewarding. But as you can probably tell, it's not anything like teaching yoga class to adults. You're working with a completely different audience, so the content has to be different. But how? here shows just how responsive preschoolers can be to yoga and related practices – and that young children don’t require those practices to be made speedy or silly or otherwise translated into a kind of cartoonish version of yoga. But teaching the littlest ones well does require a certain awareness, knowledge and approach. Here are their tips: Start with yourself. In our view, nervous system regulation is the most important skill young people need. They learn it from us, through what’s called “co-regulation.” That’s why we love teaching Yoga Calm to school teachers. So many of them are already incredibly grounded, calm and mindful. And while tools like sphere breathing technique are good for the kids, they are equally important for us. Over and over again, teachers tell us how just leading a group through two or three breaths helps them to ground, shake off a hectic day and connect with the present moment. Create routine. Even kids as young as a year or two have the ability to find stillness and breathe deeply. They also respond strongly to routine. The predictability of Yoga Calm practice allows them to slowly master the breathing techniques and poses. Use the same routine each time you are with them and they will rise to the occasion. Recently, Chrissy had a one year old breathing so deeply with the sphere that the class could hear the child’s breaths! Practice at home. Helping parents deal with their own stress and hold back the flood of stimulation facing their children is no different than what school teachers face. Child development specialist and certified Yoga Calm instructor Sue Jepson-DeResta, LCSW, gives families Yoga Calm activities to practice at home – like a prescription but without the drug! Parents and their kids then practice an activity such as Volcano Breath three times a day, just 7 minutes at a time. Ostensibly, it’s to help the child, but parents benefit, too! Be flexible. If the kids are struggling with focus or getting too wild, just change what you’re doing. Come in with a class plan, but scrap it of you need to. Instead, let the kids lead you into the poses that will work for them. Chrissy describes a class with a preschooler who cried through the entire lesson, yet the rest of the group was able to allow him his space and still focus on their lesson. Talk about a great example of that day’s lesson theme: Community! By the end, everyone, including the crier, was calm and quiet. Move to learn. We all need to move more, but nowhere is movement more important than with preschoolers. At this age, children are developing key motor skills and lifelong wellness habits. Just as important is that using their body actually helps children learn. According to Dr. Sian Beilock, a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago, “In order to really engage our students and help them perform at their best we have to move beyond what’s happening in the head.” want to know more? for further information and details, download this now and grab what you want. please enjoy this application and give us any feedback.