Our children face more stress, at a younger age, than any other generation before them. Despite being able to shield them of news of terrorism, war and violence, they are being bullied in our schoolyards and buses; they face not just peer, but media, pressure to have and be a certain way; and they spend much of their time glued to personal, electronic devices or running from one activity to the next.
As parents, it’s hard to teach our children coping strategies to help mitigate the stress that can be so detrimental to their emotional and physical well-being. Research, however, shows that children who practice yoga-based movement, conscious breathing, and mindfulness activities are better able to regulate their emotions, manage stress and calm themselves. When children learn techniques for self-care, relaxation and inner fulfilment, they are more capable of navigating life’s inevitable challenges – now, and as they grow into adulthood.
Some reported benefits of yoga for children include:
~ Improved concentration, focus and attention ~
~ Boosted confidence and self-esteem ~
~ Increased self-control ~
~ Improved balance, coordination and general body awareness ~
~ Increased strength and flexibility ~
~ Improved sleeping patterns ~
~ Improved attitudes – more patience, less reactive, more positive outlook ~
~ Increased respect for others and self ~
private instruction for children
I offer private or small group sessions for children and a parent or guardian. As no two children are alike, sessions are personalized to the age and developmental needs and support for each individual child. I encourage parent participation so that skills and practices may be taken into the home, and built into the child's daily life, especially as stressors arise. I have experience working with neurodiverse children, including those with ADHD and those on the autism spectrum.
30-minute session: $45 child and parent/guardian (each additional child, add $5)
45-minute session: $60 child and parent/guardian (each additional child, add $5)
Contact me to discuss if this might be an option for your child.
credentials, training and experience working with children
First and foremost, I'm a mom who has brought these practices into my own home with my own child. I am a Certified ChildLight Yoga Instructor and have completed training with Shawnee Thornton Hardy, founder of Asanas for Autism and Special Needs on working with neurodiverse children. I have been teaching children privately, and in group and school settings for over five years.