Yoga is great for many things: getting in shape, clearing your mind and being able to finally touch your toes. Well guess what? Those benefits are great for children too. Now more than ever kids yoga is becoming popular and there are spots all over north Jersey to take your tot for a little downward dog. These are our favorite spots.
At this studio children learn self-reliance and discipline as they practice poses and games that increase balance, strength, and self-confidence. This class is for 7-11 years old and offered every Sunday. The instructor Sharyn also teaches Teeny Yogis for 3-6 year olds where children can expand their creativity and learn how to build trust, confidence, and discipline.
Kids Yoga introduces children ages 5-8 to a fun yoga practice that is non competitive, physically inspiring as well as peaceful and calming. In a recent class they spoke about the elements of nature: earth, water, fire and air and how they are found within birds, trees, rocks and everything around us including us. They also taught a number of warrior moves.
The Twisty Kids class is for ages 4-6 and kids will learn to relax and calm their bodies through breathing and visualization exercises and music. Here self-expression and silliness are encouraged. There are group games, building teamwork skills, and more. The Peaceful Warriors class is for 7-12 years old and this class will have kids learn to improve their focus and build more self-confidence through the practice of more challenging poses.
This studio provides a wide range of children’s services. The Teeny Yoginis class is for 4-8 year olds, while Tween Yoga is for 9-12 years old. Bloom Yoga encourages children to be creative and explore their body and soul in a fun filled way. The instructors are certified and use a fun, imaginative approach incorporating animal imitations and nature along with adding in music, art, and storytelling. All children’s yoga classes are 45-60 minutes long and are limited to 10 kids so everyone can get that special attention they need.
Poses are taught and then games are played to help reinforce and review the names and positions of the poses. Children are taught how to breathe and encouraged to share their ideas and creativity, such as making up their own poses. All classes no matter the age end with the message of peace sent to each student and with the ringing of the peace bell.