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 4-6 years.
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