Our learning groups are restarting June 10 with very limited availability and lots of new adjustments to create safety. Here’s what you need to know before joining us and options for how to join!
Looking for a little in-home inspiration?
The quarantine cycles are real and I find myself drifting between extreme bursts of creativity and heavy lethargy. The past week has been a bit brighter and I want to share some of its fruits with you all.
Meet Yoga Cat — your guide through a 20-30 min at home yoga practice for 3 to 10 year-olds. This little printable yoga book was created for those at home looking to incorporate some playful movement with their children.
Using a visual aid for yoga is especially helpful with children under the age of seven or for those who are trying yoga for the first time. Try printing it in color, cutting each page in half and binding for a little yoga break in your child’s day. You can also print the book in black and white and let them color it in and add their own personal details.
With repetition, you may find your little one sharing poses with you throughout the day.
❤ It’s FREE, fun and filled with love for you and yours.
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* Ask your kiddos to find their yoga seats and settle into a comfortable seated position with lots of room around their bodies. They can sit on the floor, a yoga mat or a pillow for a bit more support. Offer them variations of their yoga seat like cross-legged pose (Sukhasana), Hero’s Pose (Virasana) or Half Lotus (Padmasana).
* Talk with them about practicing yoga, what it means and create some safety agreements before you begin.
* Start the song and do a motion for each part of the song: you don’t need to explain the motions, just demonstrate and your little yogis should be able to follow along.
– “Rub your hands” – Rub hands together creating friction and warmth.
– “Sit up tall” – Lightly press hands into knees, lengthen the spine and roll shoulders down.
– “Take a deep breath” – Bring hands to prayer pose, close eyes and inhale to allow chest to expand and shoulders to rise.
– “Om” – Exhale by chanting the sound “Om” bring hands back to knees.
* After a few times, you can vary motions to include side bends, forward folds, any poses you like. This works especially well with older kids who may tire of the repetition of sitting in cross-legged pose for an extended amount of time.
Chanting helps develop concentration, calm the nervous system, and helps bring balance to the body.
Rhythmic breathing alleviates stress, oxygenates the brain, strengthen lung capacity and build respiratory endurance.
Yoga poses help build good posture habits, stretch the knee joints and build flexibility and strength.
Try it out and let us know what you think!
There’s no denying it, the smokey season is back. Thankfully this year with more press and awareness, we are seeing changes in our community that support more options for maintaining a healthy lifestyle indoors.
At Kids Yoga Garden we’ve got our air purifiers running all day during this time of year and have loaded up on board games, new books and a recycled art creation zone to keep our students active indoors. To make it easier on the families who stay in town during this time of year, we’ve also started promotions to make our programs more accessible to those living locally.
Another session of Homeschool meet-up group is around the corner and we have spaces open. Students ages 4-10 are welcome to join our Tuesday and Thursday activities 9 am – 3 pm.
This month we are open each and every day to give you lots of opportunities to try something new, hone creativity and enjoy movement. Our weekday activities are completely booked but we welcome you to come join our weekend workshops which will feature a blend of traditional Thai cooking, baking, crafting, tie dying and more. As this will be a busy time, please send us a message or email to reserve places for your children.
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We know that you are busy, between work, home life, school and after school activities. There’s a whole lot happening week to week to keep track of and with all the bustle, we often lose track of the connection that makes it all worth while. Family yoga is a great time to connect and share with your own family and build healthy traditions that can anchor your week. Check out this article in the Charlotte Observer for more benefits of practicing yoga as a family.
Our Family Yoga Circle is each Thursday afternoon 3:45 – 5 pm is the perfect chance come as you are for a laid-back playful circle created especially for families of 1-3 year olds. This is a no pressure environment for families of littles who are looking for a way to joyfully bond with their child and make connections with other families.
For families of older kiddos, we welcome you to our family yoga class Sunday evenings 5-6 pm. This class is suited best for families of 4-10 year olds and will teach yoga basics intertwined with themes and stories.
For families of younger and upper teens, we recommend booking private or group sessions on weekday or weekend evenings.
“Yoga emphasizes the power of connection; connecting movement with breath, connecting in with the self, and connecting with others.”
- -Margot Brinley-