We are delighted to be able to offer Kids Yoga at Manly Yoga. There are countless reasons why children should practice yoga and mindfulness!

 

As well as its physical benefits of strength, balance and co-ordination, yoga can help kids improve their self-confidence, emotional resilience, self-awareness, self-control, concentration, co-operation, compassion, creativity, relaxation, inner peace and – perhaps most importantly – their fun!

 

Studies have shown yoga can improve children’s mood and help decrease anger, depression, and fatigue significantly more than other physical activities.

 

It’s also been shown that practicing mindfulness can significantly reduce children’s behavioural problems, depression and anxiety as well as improve resilience, wellbeing, optimism, positive emotion and social and emotional competence.

 

Each class will interactively explore a different concept, such as gratitude, trust or connection. The children will work together, developing these important skills in a nurturing, non-competitive environment and will also be given the opportunity to co-create.

 

Each class will follow a set structure to make the kids feel secure and at home. A set welcome routine, the class theme and connection to each other, a brief warm up, a breathing exercise and connection to self. The main body of the class will contain yoga poses according to the theme and delivered within a story, song or other creative or engaging educational framework. A high-energy yoga game or fun partner yoga will let off any last steam. Relaxation time will contain breathing exercises, mindfulness practices or singing to calm the kids down, and a guided meditation. The class will end with creative outlet and reflection time.

 

This course is suitable for children aged 4-8 years.

 

Details:

Dates: 6th May – 1st July

Time: 4.00pm -5.00pm

Cost: $128 for full 8 weeks. Children are welcome to join mid-term, cost at pro-rata.

Newcomers $16 for first trial class.

 

PLUS Yoga for Parents!

We don’t want parents to feel left out so there will be a concurrent 60 minutes Hatha Yoga parent class running in our other yoga room. A casual class is $22 or you are welcome to use your Manly Yoga class pass to attend this session. Visit our timetable for more details and to reserve your place.

 

Sources:

Felver, J. C., Butzer, B., Olson, K. J., Smith, I. M., & Khalsa, S. B. S. (2015). Yoga in public school improves adolescent mood and affect. Contemporary School Psychology, 19(3), 184–192. http://doi.org/10.1007/s40688-014-0031-9

Hennelly, S (2011). The immediate and sustained effects of the .b mindfulness programme on adolescents’ social and emotional well-being and academic functioning. Oxford Brookes University

Joyce, Andrew & Etty-Leal, Janet & Zazryn, Tsharni & Hamilton, Amy. (2010). Exploring a Mindfulness Meditation Program on the Mental Health of Upper Primary Children: A Pilot Study. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion. 3. 17-25. 10.1080/1754730X.2010.9715677.

Liehr P, Diaz N. (2010). A pilot study examining the effect of mindfulness on depression and anxiety for minority children. Arch Psychiatr Nurs. Feb;24(1):69-71. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2009.10.001.

Noggle JJ, Steiner NJ, Minami T, Khalsa SB. (2012) J Dev Behav Pediatr. Apr; 33(3):193-201. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e31824afdc4.

Schonert-Reichl, K & Lawlor, M. (2010). The Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Education Program on Pre- and Early Adolescents’ Well-Being and Social and Emotional Competence. Mindfulness. 1. 137-151. 10.1007/s12671-010-0011-8.