FlorYoga offers yoga for kids ages 1-18. For questions or to set up a class or private session, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For ages 1-4, it's not as much about "perfecting a pose" as it is working with things like their memory, hand to eye coordination, beginning to balance and socialization. We incorporate things such as nature, stories, games, the alphabet and numbers, which make it educational and FUN! The children also enjoy repetition, which provides them with confidence to become more comfortable in a space. When ending class, they remember to close with things such as "om, namaste and Yay for Yoga!" The children look forward to what they remember so they can "show off" what they've learned.
For ages 5-8, this is where we begin to work more with their creativity, team building, confidence and enhance concentration. When your child gets used to the asanas or postures of yoga, they automatically improve their concentration skills. Ancient sages used yoga as a form of meditation, and their powers of concentration are legendary. Your child learns how to sit still in one place and focus on what's important as opposed to letting their mind wander and be distracted easily. This helps them in their lessons and at school, boosts their attention span and improves their grades. We also begin to bring breathwork and meditation into the class as well, and explain how it can help them when they are feeling anxious, and want to relax. We still work with nature metaphors and stories, however, we also begin to teach more of how to do the poses more accurately. This continues to build their confidence as they like to show off what they remember from the previous class.
Ages 9-12, yoga begins to create body awareness, comfort within self and boosting confidence. When your child is able to display great agility and flexibility, it does wonders for their confidence. Their improved performance at school also helps boost their popularity and their self assurance. They become more poised and start to believe in their abilities. This feeling provides them with the adrenaline they need to achieve success in all their endeavors. More yoga postures, and increased breath work, associating how to utilize yoga in every day life.
Ages 13 +, Teens commonly struggle with self-esteem issues, which is normal for that stage of development. Since they're still discovering who they are, peer pressure may lead them to compare themselves to others. Yoga fosters a sense of unconditional love for oneself and all living beings. Teens may feel more love for themselves, as well as a respect and connection to their family members, classmates and teachers. In addition, practicing yoga cultivates gratitude for what the body can do; enables letting go of the tendency to be critical of one's self and judgmental of others. By practicing yoga at that age, they will also gain strength and flexibility, and coping skills. For example, during a test, taking a second to breathe, think, then answer.