Yoga for Kiddies | Where & Why

Just before our family holiday trip to the Berg, Jackson was invited to bring a friend to the Superhero Yoga class held by Bee Yoga🐝. His yoga-buddy of choice was his little bestie, Coco. Jackson didn’t have to think twice about which Superhero he would dress up as – Spidey is his alter-ego, after all,  and little Coco came as gorgeous little Cat-Woman.

The class was held at the gorgeous new BubHub in Sage Centre, Salt Rock.

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Jackson was absolutely enthralled by Bee (Berenice), the teacher, not to mention the yoga itself. Bee was brilliant & held his attention throughout the (2 hour) class.

The Superhero theme was so clever as she spoke about several superheroes and what their special abilities or powers were, and created movements for those heroes:

This made the class fun & interactive for the kiddies, whilst they performed yoga movements and exercises their little bodies are not really used to.

The kids ended the class by making their own superhero masks, and they were awarded certificates for ‘graduating’ the class too! My little boy was absolutely glowing as this one class ticked all his boxes. Not only did Jackson not want the class to end, he ran out asking me when the next one would be.<<<<<<<<<
ely loved it, and my little yogi-newbie cannot wait to join the next class – he even asked me again today when it would be, and when Jordy asked if he could also join Jackson quickly told him he could definitly come and watch him!< img src="https://shanfourieblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/img_4526.jpg&quot; class="wp-image-2208 size-full" height="4032" alt="IMG_4526" width="3024">

WHY YOGA FOR KIDS? | Shana Meyerson, founder of a yoga studio in California, believes that yoga builds self-esteem and self-respect. “A child’s yoga practice is a rare opportunity to experience play and focus without worrying about being wrong,” she says. Meyerson believes that yoga is an option for children who shy away from physical activity or group activities for fear of failure or being picked last, and it helps athletic children excel in other physical activities and sports. Source. I love the fact that yoga is a place that children able to be physically active, without worrying who is the strongest, the fastest, the best. It is a space they can be in, whereby they need only focus on themselves, and stretching their own capacity in each lesson/practice.

I personally also think that we live in a world of distractions, and kids seem unable to focus on anything for any decent length of time. I feel yoga has a place in that it can help with that. I know for me it certainly helps me to be present, and to concentrate and calm my mind. I feel that could be hugely valuable for kiddies.

According to Kathleen Charles, when children learn, through yoga, to accept and love themselves for who they are, to see the good in others, to focus and calm their minds, and to be aware of their innate capabilities, they learn tools for resilience. They are therefore more likely to be positive and optimistic about life and their abilities, and will hopefully be less likely to succumb to anxiety, depression and other mental health issues that are so prevalent today. Source<<<<<<<<
g to Bee there are many benefits to kids yoga, namely;< em>Physical – core strength, muscle tone and flexibility<<<<<<<<<
nd co-ordination<<<<<<<<<
the midline (proprioception – body awareness)<<<<<<<<<
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Mental – ability to concentrate and focus<<<<<<<<<
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o center themselves and come into a calm state<<<<<<<<<
thinking<<<<<<<<<
oping techniques for stress and anxiety<<<<<<<<<
ompassion and love for themselves and others

Different breathing techniques are taught to either energize or calm the kids down.

Towards the end Bee always likes to end off in a relaxing pose with some guided imagery, relaxing music and positive affirmations.

Lessons that Bee teaches are so well catered to children. Each yoga class is structured in a story format where they cover a theme or a place and encourage use of imaginations and bodies to act it out in the form of yoga poses.<<<<<<<<<
al worldly facts about animals, places, etc. are  incorporated into the lesson plans to help stimulate in general knowledge and what kiddies may be currently learning at school.

If you are interested in the yoga class that Jackson took part in for your little one, the exact date is to be confirmed but next holiday day camp will be between 8th – 13th of Jan 2018, and they are R250.00 per child for 2 hours. Well worth it!

BEE Yoga is also an option as weekly after school activity:<<<<<<<<<
idz at Eden village in Salt Rock<<<<<<<<<
oast Pre-primary in Ballito

Exciting things to come: Next BEE Yoga will be offering<<<<<<<<<
ga (1 hour)<<<<<<<<<
by stimulating yoga (1 hour)<<<<<<<<<
s yoga (ages 2-3), 20 min long.<<<<<<<<<
(ages 3-6), 30min long.<<<<<<<<<
(ages 7-11), 45 min.

Costs:It is R 70.00 for a drop in class R 450 per termThere is a once off R150.00 registration fee which covers a t-shirt, class materials, end of year gift and certificate.<<<<<<<<<
fo on exciting classes, venues and times connect to BEE Yoga:<<<<<<<<<
 www.beeyoga.co.za Instagram: @bee_yoga_kids Facebook: @beeyogakids Email: beeyogakids@gmail.com Phone: 082 974 4114

Thank you teachers Bee & Lee for inviting Jackson & his friend to join in your incredible lessons! He cannot wait for the next. 🐝

IMG_4530 I do feel the need to add here that yes I am a Christian, and yes I do yoga, and I feel it’s great for my kiddies too. I don’t see doing yoga as partaking in another religion. Many of the exercises have been renamed “cat” “cow”, from Sanskrit, and regardless of that fact, I am able to use the meditation time for my own reflection and prayer time. Yoga teaches love, respect and seeing the beauty in all things. I feel we could only benefit from these principles, don’t you? X

Author: Shan Fourie

I am a happy South African wife and a truly blessed mom of two beautiful boys and a baby girl...! I am CREATIVE and love creating things and teaching myself. I love people, my friends and family especially. I love positivity and change.

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