Our children live in a world where doings and goings are constant. They are bombarded with activities, social pressures, and the need to keep up with those around them. All too often, children and teens quickly lose a sense of their true self and that innate child-like joy. Seeking identity and affirmations from outside the family structure, they feel a longing for quiet and rest. Most don’t realize that their bodies and minds need a release until they experience their first visit to the mat.
Yoga is a way for children of all ages to reconnect with their authentic self. The non-competitive atmosphere and focus on breath and mind-body awareness teaches children that they are in control of their responses to the swirling list of demands and pressures they are faced with. Physically, it increases flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination. Emotionally, it teaches them that they have the ability to calm and re-set when faced with a big test, social pressures, or a trip to the dentist. Children play, move, laugh, and deepen friendships in a kids’ yoga class. Often they will say that their favorite time is “rest time” or savasana. This is the last 7-8 min. of class where the children close their eyes and rest their heads on pillows as they snuggle up beneath a blanket. Often they become so relaxed that a few will drift off to sleep. Since a child’s sensory system is so much more pure than that of an adult’s, they are often more innately in tune with what their body needs. What a beautiful gift it is to learn at such a young age how to respond and not react, how to turn anxiety into calm, and how to create peace amidst the pressures.
Kids’ Yoga is a primary focus at Shore Point Yoga. Sarah’s extensive training in Children’s Yoga includes training devoted to the child with Sensory difficulties, Autism, ADHD, ADD and Asperger’s syndrome. These children especially respond to their time on the mat as if they had been seeking it all along. It is the vision of Shore Point Yoga to teach and foster a love for still-ness, self-awareness, and positive self-talk among the children and teens that walk through our door.