Yoga Classes for KidsYour child's first exposure can come as early as infancy, if you bring them to a mom and baby yoga class. While this may not make much of an impression on a young child, by the age of three they will probably be ready to do simple poses. Many yoga studios now offer age-appropriate classes for toddlers and school-aged kids, which may include singing, movement, and lots of talking. Kids have a lot of questions, after all, so the mood will be much lighter than an adult class. Make sure that your child’s teacher is certified to teach yoga to kids (when in doubt, ask the studio or the teacher herself). If you are considering a drop-off class (one in which parents do not participate), ask to sit in and observe before your child begins or during his first class.
Yoga at Home for Kids
If you want to do some yoga at home with your kids, here are some ideas:
Put out mats for yourself and your child(ren).
Let the kids choose some music, but make it parent's choice during final relaxation.
Introduce simple poses your kids will feel a connection to, such as those that relate to the natural world or represent shapes. Basic breath work, such as three-part breath can also be introduced to older children. Just learning to take deep breaths and clear the mind can be helpful to kids.
Follow along with a video, such as YogaKids.
Poses for Kids:
Cat- cow stretch - Encourage them to meow and moo.
Downward facing dog – Can also be described as making a triangle or a mountain.
Cobra – With hissing and slithering, of course.
Tree – Rooting into the earth, swaying in the breeze.
Butterfly (aka cobbler's pose) – Fluttering their wings.
Corpse pose – Lying still can be the most challenging!