Yoga is a great way to help kids relax, concentrate and move better. When you’re responsible for a group of kids, it can be hard to keep their attention for an entire class.
So how do you make yoga classes go smoothly and still enjoy yourself?
Here are positive parenting tips for a successful children’s yoga class:
1. Start With Breath and Relaxation Exercises:
Before you actually begin the physical postures (asanas), try to take the children into a few deep breaths and relaxation exercises. This helps them to focus on their breathing, which is part of most yoga meditation practices. It also calms them down before the beginning of class so they’re not bouncing off the walls when they’re meant to be sitting in “lotus pose.” Some good basic relaxation techniques include: completing one long exhale, clasping fingers together and placing arms in front or behind your body parallel to your hips, or simply lying on their backs with legs flat on the floor and arms by their sides.
Be careful not to let children fall asleep during this part of class, as it may encourage them to doze off when they should be doing their poses!
2. Use Chants or Songs:
A great way to engage a child’s attention is through songs or chants. This can help you lead them from one exercise to another without having to stop and wait for the kids to follow what you’re saying! Some good ones are traditional tunes that have been passed down over generations inside Buddhist monasteries, such as , “Om Mani Padme Hmum” or “Ta Ra Ra Boom Di A.” Kids will love hearing themselves chant these verses too Also try teaching some yoga exercises to popular children’s songs, such as “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” This way the kids will be singing along with you and learn something at the same time.
3. Introduce New Material Gradually:
If there is a lot of new material to learn in your class, try giving the children only a few new postures and build up to more complex ones over time. Getting too many new poses thrown at your students in one class can be overwhelming and discourage them from continuing the practice. Focus on what skills they already have and build from there, increasing their ability little by little with each passing session .
4. Help Children Remember New Positions:
If you’re teaching new poses or postures in class, be sure to explain them clearly and demonstrate the exercises before asking the children to perform them. Give them plenty of time to look at and think about what they need to do before having them actually try the new material.
5. Encourage Children To Do Their Best:
Let your students know that it’s okay if they can’t do everything you show them. Yoga is supposed to be fun, so don’t put unnecessary pressure on the children or make them feel bad if they’re struggling with something.
Remember that most kids are very sensitive about being the center of attention in front of their peers, so even older kids may become embarrassed if they’re struggling with a new pose and the other children see them. If you have a younger group of students, this can actually be enough to stop them from continuing their yoga practice altogether, so try to give individual attention when necessary .
6. Don’t Forget To Have Fun:
The most important thing to remember is not to get stressed out about making everything perfect in your class! Yoga should be a fun and relaxing way for children to be physically active. If the kids are having fun, they’re more likely to look forward to class and want to attend regularly .