YOGA KIDS

Yoga for Kids and its goals

Exercising yoga can be an excellent way of gentle orientation of a child to physical activity and impacting their overall health.  Just like with adults, yoga aids in calming children, prevention of obesity, advancement of concentration and reviving the body and balancing the emotional and spiritual states.

The Montessori IQ Yoga Kids presents one of extracurricular programmes of the Institution, aligned with the world trends in the field of education, based on the results of scientific research. They show that yoga builds self-confidence and self-respect, develops discipline, contributes to emotional intelligence, encourages the feeling of interconnection and contributes to responsibility and social sensitivity of a child.

Exercising yoga can be an excellent way of gentle orientation of a child to physical activity and impacting their overall health. Just like with adults, yoga aids in calming children, prevention of obesity, advancement of concentration and reviving the body and balancing the emotional and spiritual states.

What does a typical yoga for kids lesson look like?

Yoga for kids classes are rarely focused on perfecting the positions. These lessons deal with the basics of yoga, such as stimulation of compassion instead of competition, or the connection between breathing and different positions.   A typical lesson includes:

Warm-up – your child will take off their shoes and will be asked to lie down or sit in a yoga sitting position on a mat.  Yoga mats, pillows or other equipment can be used as a “signal” that the time ahead is foreseen for relaxation.  We start from stimulating the child to the silence of the mind.

Breathing – attention is paid to breathing; slow inhalation and exhalation, and deep breathing through the nose.  One of the techniques used is asking the child to imagine their tummy being filled with air, like a balloon, and then slowly being “deflated”.

Positions – gentle moves including stretching will help your child be prepared to positions based on standing, sitting, rotating, balancing and bending.  Children will be stimulated to imitate plants, animals or different objects, to find associations for certain positions they will practice.

Relaxation – after the completion of a set of positions, children can lie down on their backs and close their eyes.  They will be covered by a blanket or towel, to preserve the body temperature and support better flow of energy through the body.  Focus is paid to breathing again.  At this moment, their imagination can be encouraged by visualisation of situations like lying on a cloud or floating in the air.

“Waking up” – at the end of the lesson, the children will stretch and slowly, without any sudden moves, get up from the floor.  Relaxing music is heard during the lesson.

Required gear:  mat (provided by the kindergarten), comfortable exercising clothes (tights or sweat-suit), blanket or towel for covering.