This “passion” post is part of our monthly theme at Kids Yoga Stories. I have been reflecting on the love of teaching yoga to children.
Our family is creating a yoga practice together, making it up as we go along. At home. In the park. At the airport. Wherever we go, there’s our yoga practice. A few minutes a day. Really simple.
It’s not perfect. Of course, we wish that we could practice more often. But we do the best we can, in the hopes of creating a yoga-friendly lifestyle with our daughter.
An inhale-exhale with arms outstretched, an elephant pose at the zoo, picking up garbage on the street, sitting quietly together with eyes closed, or a few poses before bedtime are some of the things we do together.
Why I love teaching yoga to our toddler:
- increases her language development through actions, until she is ready to talk
- practices something active at home, that doesn’t involve the screen
- embraces her self expression as she imitates her natural surroundings
- gives her a sense of pride and accomplishment doing something that comes naturally
- provides us with an activity that we practice together, a sacred time to connect and bond
- enables us to speak in English and Spanish
- helps to promote a lifelong, active, healthy lifestyle that we can do together
- channels her energy into something positive and helps to calm her mind and body
- builds a platform for us to talk about the guiding principles of yoga (character education) when she is older
- improves her balance, strength, and flexibility
- builds connections to her environment in a fun, active way
- gives us a chance to bring children’s books alive by acting them out
- helps her to unwind at the end of the day and invite sleep
Why kids yoga teachers love teaching yoga to children:
Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
Speech-Language Pathologist at the JD McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities
Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2
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