We are delighted to be able to offer Kids Yoga at Manly Yoga. We truly believe there are countless reasons why children should practice yoga and mindfulness!

As well as its physical benefits of strength, balance and co-ordination, yoga can help kids improve their self-confidence, emotional resilience, self- awareness, self-control, concentration, co-operation, compassion, creativity, relaxation, inner peace and –perhaps most importantly– their fun!

Studies have shown yoga can improve children’s mood and help decrease anger, depression, and fatigue significantly more than other physical activities.

It’s also been shown that practicing mindfulness can significantly reduce children’s behavioural problems, depression and anxiety as well as improve resilience, wellbeing, optimism, positive emotion and social and emotional competence.

Each class will interactively explore a different concept, such as gratitude, trust or connection. The children will work together, developing these important skills in a nurturing, non-competitive environment and will also be given the opportunity to co-create.

The first part of the class will be all about sharing and connecting with the group, then the kids will jump into some high-energy yoga games followed by yoga poses and acroyoga. To finish off, there will be the chance to wind-down and relax, with mindfulness and breathing practice, relaxation and a guided meditation.

 

This five-week course is suitable for children aged 6-9 years.

Sources:

Felver, J. C., Butzer, B., Olson, K. J., Smith, I. M., & Khalsa, S. B. S. (2015). Yoga in public school improves adolescent mood and affect. Contemporary School Psychology, 19(3), 184–192. http://doi.org/10.1007/s40688-014-0031-9

Hennelly, S (2011). The immediate and sustained effects of the .b mindfulness programme on adolescents’ social and emotional well-being and academic functioning. Oxford Brookes University

Joyce, Andrew & Etty-Leal, Janet & Zazryn, Tsharni & Hamilton, Amy. (2010). Exploring a Mindfulness Meditation Program on the Mental Health of Upper Primary Children: A Pilot Study. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion. 3. 17-25. 10.1080/1754730X.2010.9715677.

Liehr PDiaz N. (2010). A pilot study examining the effect of mindfulness on depression and anxiety for minority children. Arch Psychiatr Nurs. Feb;24(1):69-71. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2009.10.001.

Noggle JJ, Steiner NJ, Minami T, Khalsa SB. (2012) J Dev Behav Pediatr. Apr; 33(3):193-201. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e31824afdc4.

Schonert-Reichl, K & Lawlor, M. (2010). The Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Education Program on Pre- and Early Adolescents’ Well-Being and Social and Emotional Competence. Mindfulness. 1. 137-151. 10.1007/s12671-010-0011-8.


More Details:

We are running a Kids Yoga Trial class on Tuesday 13th February for children aged 6-9 years. Follow this link to reserve your place!

We will also be running Kids Yoga 5 week course for children aged 10-13 years, This course will commence Monday 19th February.

 

There will be a concurrent 60 minutes Hatha Yoga parent class running in our other practice room. Casual class is $22 or you are welcome to use your class pass to attend this session.Visit our timetable for more details and to reserve your place!