Saturday, May 3rd,
1:00 – 1:45 pm
for families with kids 6+
2:00 – 2:45 pm
for families with walkers to 5 year olds
$25 per parent/child or $35 for the family
- workshops are NOT refundable!
Share some quality, fun, family time on the mat with your kids. Yoga and yogic concepts will be introduced through games and stories. You’ll never think of yoga asanas the same. All kids mats and props provided.
Register on line under the Workshops Tab or in person at the studio.
More on Kids Yoga…
Our children live in a hurry-up world of busy parents, school pressures, incessant lessons, video games, shopping malls, and competitive sports. We usually don’t think of these influences as stressful for our kids, but often they can be. Yoga can help counter these pressures. Kids will learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, expanding their imaginations, learning about how their bodies move in space and how to navigate life’s challenges with a little more ease.
Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness through physical activity that’s noncompetitive. It can be a vehicle to foster cooperation and compassion instead of opposition — it’s a great gift to give to our kids.
Kids come away from yoga learning so many different things. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. Their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Doing yoga children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop a more intimate relationship with the world that surrounds them.
When yoga poses were developed many thousands of years ago, those practicing yoga still lived close to the natural world and used animals and plants for inspiration—the sting of a scorpion, the grace of an eagle, the grounded stature of a tree. When children imitate the movements and sounds of nature, they have a chance to get inside another being and imagine taking on its qualities. When they assume the pose of a lion for instance, they experience not only the power and behavior of the lion, but also their own sense of power: when to be aggressive, when to retreat. The physical movements introduce kids to yoga’s true meaning: union, expression, and honor for oneself and one’s part in the delicate web of life.
Yoga can be introduced to kids as young as 2 and as old as 92. The classes offered at Spira will be geared to age groups from two to teens. Class offerings will be broken into appropriate age groups and time frames. Younger kids will practice for 30 minutes and teens up to an hour. Family Yoga will be offered for parents and/or caregivers that would like the chance to learn and practice with their kids. Class descriptions will be available as class offerings expand.
Valerie is a Certified Children’s Yoga Specialist and Registered Yoga Teacher. In addition to her experience teaching yoga to adults, she grew up teaching creative movement and dance to kids from 3 to 18. Her love of movement, drama, teaching and imaginative story telling will provide a loving, creative and interactive environment for your kids to not only to learn about the science of yoga but maybe even a little bit about themselves. Above all, we’ll have fun!