Soothe your body and quiet your mind. Yoga and mindfulness will help rewire your thinking mind, teach you how to live in the present moment, and help you become more comfortable in your body.
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. It is a way of directly experiencing the body and our inner sense of self. By listening and attuning in this way, we can re-establish a new relationship with our self and bring unity to the body and mind. We can find a way of being at peace, of discovering a renewed sense of compassion and empathy for our self, and others.
We’ll incorporate three major premises:
- Breathing: Enhance self-regulation, modulation and organization as well as supporting respiration
- Movement: Improve motor planning, balance, coordination, strength, and flexibility
- Relaxation: Decrease stress and promote stillness of the mind for increased attention and ability to focus
Yoga for Kids
Yoga assists kids’ (and adults’) metabolic function and helps the cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and musculoskeletal systems to function more effectively and efficiently. Breathing and meditation/relaxation techniques also help lower blood pressure, slow pulse, and improve mood and concentration, thus reprogramming the body’s habitual response to stress.
Yoga helps children develop a strong, graceful, and confident posture and bearing, which is reflected in greater inner strength and confidence. Learning the poses and techniques helps center children’s energy through teaching them to breathe more deeply, to sit still, and to focus on the posture or task at hand.
Yoga therapy for children embraces the same theories and philosophies as adult yoga, but with a greater element of fun and playfulness. Classical yoga postures as well as breathing, relaxation, and meditation can be combined with storytelling, games, and music.
Some of the most common childhood conditions yoga helps treat include:
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Sleep issues