Dear grownup, child carer, blog reader, and curious human,
Here’s a little list of things that I hope will convince you to set that alarm on a sunday morning, get the kids dressed, ready and out the door in time for yoga at 9:30.
Hear me out.
1- Let’s start with you.
How often do you find yourself craving that moment of quiet time? During kids yoga, this hour now, is for you. Once your children feel settled, you have the freedom to do whatever your heart desires. Grab a coffee in one of the many coffee shops nearby, take a walk in the park across the road or read a book. If you want, of course, you can bring your own coffee and sit in the waiting room of the studio. The hour is yours… enjoy it!
2- Improvement to children’s wellbeing and mental health.
Classes aim to help children understand and improve their mental health and wellbeing. Through weekly practices, conversations, activities, games and breath work, we learn to recognise how we are feeling, and further bring our mind into a quieter, softer, more gentle place.
We spend time learning what it means to be kind to yourself and to others, practice listening to yourself and those around you, and learn how to channel energy in the body positively.
3- Improvement to a child’s physical health
As well as improving mindfulness, wellbeing and awareness of others, yoga also of course holds many physical benefits for children. We work and play through asana’s (postures) that build strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination and posture.
4 – Harnessing your child’s creativity and imagination.
Class is a creative and playful space for children. We work through imagination, story telling, games and activities. Through the power of play, I create space for their confidence and imagination to thrive.
5- Discussion and exploration around health and wellbeing topics.
Each week, the class focuses on different themes. Sometimes we spend time thinking and talking about how to be kind. Other weeks we create the most gorgeous posters, talking about self love or generosity to others. In the past we’ve explored relaxation techniques, and what to do when you’re feeling angry, nervous or worried. Learning how to cope with such emotions young is great practice leading up to adolescent and adult life.
6- Channelling that Sunday morning energy.
Kids have a lot of energy, because let’s face it, they’re kids. What better way of using, channelling and burning some of that energy than in a yoga class. Yoga brings time for quiet, focus, and personal reflection- but don’t be fooled. We run around, smile, laugh and have all the fun too. Maybe your Sunday afternoon will feel that little less energetic because of it.
7- Bringing focus and intention for the week ahead.
Sunday marks the start of the new week. Each week, likewise in adult classes, children have the opportunity to reflect on the previous week and set intentions for the week ahead.
(Side note, four year olds set the cutest little intentions. Your heart would melt hearing them.)
8- Starting good habits young.
I think we could all aspire in one way or another to being a kind human, setting intentions and practising yoga.
This point is pretty self explanatory. Whether the child comes through the door pouring bundles of energy or feeling a little nervous, after ten minutes (max, honestly!) I can assure that they will be sharing their smiles, laughs, and giggles with myself and the rest of the group.
10- The Leeds Yoga family.
I think the most rewarding thing for me personally, is seeing the joy that each and every child has towards their self and everybody around them in class. The group of children at Leeds Yoga are the most welcoming, caring, understanding and playful young humans. Whether your child is four years or twelve, the group will welcome your child in with wide arms and open hearts. We have a community of kind, compassionate and loving children growing at Leeds yoga, and we would love for you to join.
Hope to see you there,