An introduction from Rainbow Kids Yoga Certified Teacher, Amy Hopkins
Yoga is a fun way for children to develop important skills in a supportive, non-competitive environment.
Practitioners of yoga have long attested to the benefits including:
Stress and pain relief
Improved circulation and digestion
Better body alignment
A sense of peace and well being
The benefits and more are true for children as well.
More benefits of Yoga for kids include:
Improved strength and flexibility
Increased self confidence
Building positive self image
Teaches self acceptance
Increases sensory awareness and body awareness
Builds coordination and balance
Expands self awareness
Develops self discipline and self control
Helps build concentration
...The list goes on!
The most important and a large focus in kids class is that Yoga is FUN!!!
I recently completed, with the encouragement and support of Leah and Julie, the Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Training. After many years of teaching Bikram Yoga, which I know and love to my core, I was amazed at the different approach of the Rainbow Kids Training. I spent 3 days laughing, playing, and trying all kinds of new postures that are age appropriate for children 3-17.
In Yoga for Kids class, there is a balance between spontaneity and structure, so that kids learn to listen as well as express themselves creatively. The basic philosophy of Rainbow Kids Yoga is that kids learn best while having fun. Kids Yoga classes interweave story, song, games and poses, allowing children to learn in a multi-sensory environment. Children are encouraged to respect and pay attention to their bodies, coming in and out of shapes when they are ready. In a yoga class, children often go on magical journeys around the world, learning about different cultures, animals, plants, even planets. Children have an innate affinity with the natural world. I am finding as I gain experience teaching kids yoga that they understand and enjoy learning about and caring for the earth and its inhabitants.
I am honored to have this opportunity to further grow with Yoga, and to get to know these amazing young beings! Kids class is always so fun!