Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Little monsters love getting active and following along! Yoga is a perfect activity for your little monster to listen and move! We love Cosmic Kids Yoga and play it for our little monsters all the time- they just can’t get enough of it! Parents have been telling me that their kids are making the whole family join in and do funky moves in front of the mirror. One mother told me her daughter was on the naughty step, folded her hands together in front of her heart and said “Namaste Mommy!” - She walked out of the room and burst into laughter!
Cosmic Kids Yoga

There's loads of different FREE adventures; our favourite is Episode 1 - Squish The Fish on YouTube and loads of amazing resources and articles on meditation & yoga for your little monster! There's even online kids yoga teacher training with Jaime from Cosmic Kids!

Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvellous inner light that all children have to the surface.(Yoga for Kids)

 Top 10 Benefits of Yoga for Children - Jodi Komitor

1. Maintains Flexibility and Strengthens Growing Bodies

Children are born with an innate flexibility and yoga poses help to prolong this gift.

2. Enhances Concentration

Kids’ yoga classes allow children to learn self-control, enhancing their focus and awareness. Moving from Flying Bird Pose (Warrior Three) to balancing in Tree Pose takes great attention—a skill that is essential in most learning environments.

3. Increases Self-Esteem

When a child displays great strength, focus, and flexibility in Yoga, it does wonders for their confidence. Yoga success grants children persistence to achieve greatness as they embark on all of life’s adventures.

4. Teaches Present Moment Awareness

Yoga philosophy teaches present moment awareness because when our mind is thinking about the past or future, we are missing the most valuable now. When children are engaged, focused, having fun, and following a yoga lesson, they are in the present moment.

5. Cultivates a Peaceful, Relaxed State of Body and Mind

All yoga classes conclude with a quiet time, also known as Deep Relaxation. Different from napping, this is an all-time favorite for yogis of all ages. Even if just for three minutes, children learn to understand the importance of this peace and can carry it with them into their daily lives.

6. Gives Tools for Stress Management

Practicing yoga provides kids an immediate outlet to reduce stress in a safe and nurturing environment. It is a physical exercise that produces happy endorphins. While breathing exercises slow down the heart rate, relaxation techniques are powerful sources for calming the mind and the body. Yoga teaches non-judgment and non-competition toward oneself and one another. These are all tools that a child can carry in to any difficult life situation.

7. Sparks Creativity in Ripe Imaginations

Kid’s yoga classes often infuse themes that are fun and engaging like “A Trip to the Beach” or “Jungle Safari.” Not only is this playful and fun, but it invites kids to tap into their own creativity and use their boundless imaginations without judgment.

8. Encourages Kind Peer and Social Interactions

Yoga teaches children that we are all the same inside, despite our outward appearance, race, and religion. We all have bodies that function, hearts that love, and feelings that feel. Yoga inspires kids to be kind, patient, accepting, and emphatic with themselves and their peers.

9. Enhances Body Awareness

Yoga poses vary from balancing, strengthening, twisting, back bending, and inverting. All of these poses have the ability to teach a child about their body. Yoga teaches children to listen to where in their bodies they feel a movement and express how it makes them feel when they are complete. Body awareness is an invaluable tool for all stages and ages of life.

10. Teaches Discipline and Responsibility

Yoga is not a destination; rather it is a journey of a lifetime, which takes discipline. Ideally, when children learn at a young age the benefit of a committed practice, it ripples out into their everyday life activities, relationships, and responsibilities.

“These are just ten of the many amazing benefits that kids reap from doing yoga. Are your children involved in yoga? What gifts have they been given from this practice? What questions do you have regarding children doing yoga?” -Jodi Komitor

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