Wellness for Children!
Children can start learning wellness practices as young as age 2.
Wellness helps children better understand their bodies, feelings, emotions, surroundings, and experiences as they mature. Kids also love learning new things, and most wellness practice are new and exciting to them.
Many activities that Children already know and love can be turned into mindful exercises, which makes learning wellness practices easy. For example, a great way to teach breath work to Kids is by blowing mindful bubbles. When we prepare to blow we take a large deep breath in, and then we take a slow, controlled breath out. This teaches children how to become aware of their breath and how to control it. The bubbles are just a fun bonus! If you any have bubbles laying around, I encourage you to try this exercise and share it with others. Kids love this exercise when learning breath control,
and it is fun for Adults and Seniors too.
Daycares * Preschools * Elementary Schools * Middle Schools * High Schools
After School Programs * Summer Camps * Private Playdates
build strength * flexibility * balance * weight loss * prevent injuries
increase bone mineral density * lengthen attention span
build self-esteem * self-awareness
improve focus * sleep quality * efficiency * social emotional skills
increase productivity * patience * emotional intelligence
enrich creativity * joy and happiness * regulate mood * manage emotions
decrease chronic pain * susceptibility to colds and other illnesses
reduce stress * control anxiety * fight depression * heal from trauma
Creating community, both in person and virtual.
Breathing exercises are combined with drawing and painting. Teaching children how to focus while increasing their attention span. Children also love using their creative thinking abilities and expressing their inner artist.
Teaching Children breath awareness and control with the use of bubbles. Slow controlled breathing is a great start to teaching children how to self soothe.
Children love being creative and using their imagination. During imagination meditations Children close their eyes and create their own creative story choosing colors, places, and things along their imaginary adventure. Sparking creativity and problem solving.
Yoga poses are taught using fun, interactive games for a group class. Plank races, yogi says, and yoga freeze are a few fun games that make learning yoga poses fun.
Yoga poses are constructed to tell an adventurous story with a positive theme and life lessons intertwined. Children also have the opportunity to choose colors, places, and other details to the story. Children improve physical development and self-esteem while learning yoga poses.
Yoga for Teens
Yoga for Teens is a more mature class for older Children and Young Adults. Advanced poses and techniques are taught. The experience is structured similar to an Adult yoga class.
Stages of Child Development
Mindfulness classes for children are based on developmental age. As Children mature so do their bodies, attention span, emotional development. Classes are simplified so that it is easy for young children to understand the basics. As they age, mindful exercises in classes become longer in duration and more advanced. This keeps kids confident, focused, and entertained across all ages.
Ages 2-5 Years Old
Babies and Toddlers start learning mindful techniques in short and simple practices that are around 2-10 minutes in duration. Young Children love learning new things. Especially short stories! At this age children are very imaginative and love decision making, which makes yoga stories and other new mindful activities very fun. With only a few years under their belts, Younger Children are often clumsy as they are still developing muscle strength and motor skills. Yoga poses that can be top heavy, like forward folds, are avoided within this age group. Tantrums are also common among 2-5 year olds and yoga can help teach emotion management at an early age. Emotional development, social development, building self esteem, confidence, strength, and balance are just a few benefits Children may receive from practicing mindfulness at a young age.
Ages 6-8 Years Old
Once old enough to attend school Children advance in strength, balance, focus, and understanding. At 5 years old Children are more mature physically and mentally and are able to try advanced practices. Key muscles are stronger, motor skills are more developed, and they have better control of their emotions. Jumping, dancing, running, and engaging in other physically demanding activities is common. Yoga stories become longer in duration, more physically challenging, and contain a more intense story line filled with characters and adventure. Around 7 or 8 years old Children begin to loose interest in imaginative yoga stories, so introducing more intense stories and new poses keep them intrigued. Group yoga games can be introduced at this age and working in groups is valuable for social development. Children still love sharing their opinions and making decisions, but help from adults with rules and guidance is still needed. At this age Children can become more self critical, especially when starting school and are subject to Children who are unkind. Practicing yoga is a great way to grow confidence overtime. Achieving poses and practice goals that were once viewed as unattainable. Desires to excel and compete
Ages 9-12 Years Old
Children in Middle School can begin learning adult practices, but classes will still contain elements of a Children's yoga class. Classes can contain longer and more challenging practices. Some Children within this age group still enjoy the creative and group activities that are in classes for younger Children, but with age comes physical and mental developments. Improvements in strength, balance, intelligence, reasoning, and understanding allow this age group to begin acting and think in a more mature way. They can play around with fairness and still be silly while understanding and enjoying a more mentally and physically challenging class. Young athletes will also come to practice for a more advanced, physically demanding practice. Outside of fun, Children also can being using mindfulness practices as a therapy or tool to use when dealing with emotion management, anxiety, and even treating illnesses. As they begin puberty hardships within their lives may begin with self esteem, mood swings, desire for independence, and more. Learning practices to use at any time during times of joy and stress can change the life of young Children for years to come. Mindfulness practices provide a fun environment to learn while teaching tools to ease the hardships of childhood.
Ages 13-17 Years Old
As Children begin their teenage years many physical, mental, and emotional changes happen. Teens are often dealing with a lot of internal chaos which mindfulness practices can help to calm. Teens can be dealing with big internal changes with the progression of puberty. They will also be dealing with physical changes, possible difficulties with relationships both at home and at school, mood swings from fluctuating hormones, pressure from the media to look and be a certain way, bullying, and much more. The first years of high school can also be difficult as they deal with the enormous pressure to preform and succeed. When this age group arrives to class it serves as a release for them. It can become a place of peace away from all the chaos. Mindfulness practices can teach them valuable skills that help deal with stress in a healthy way. Many Teens also become interested in fitness and may use yoga as a vehicle to achieve physical goals.
TEEN MENTAL + PHYSICAL HEALTH
It is very likely to encounter Teens who are struggling with their mental or physical health. Adolescence can be a common time for health issues to arise. The teenage brain and body is still maturing and will go through many changes and challenges in a short time. Adding other factors into the mix, like environment and genetics, coping with health conditions or illness can be difficult for many Teens. Mindfulness practices provide Teens with coping methods that can ease or eliminate the symptoms of mental and physical health conditions.