As yogis, one should have known that asana and meditation can help boost the feeling of powerfully grounded and embodied, which in turn create how we behave in the world. These practices are of great important for everybody, especially crucial for kids, who are exploring the world trying to discover who they will become day by day. Yoga would’ve helped children to show up more fully and express themselves more authentically. That’s why yoga should be included in curricula for children classrooms, especially primary school. In general, children—particularly those a bit too active and naughty—aren’t always seen, heard, or respected by their parents and teachers, and they cannot do anything to change that. Yoga can help kids take control of their bodies, transform how they perceive themselves, and ultimately help them communicate effectively for what they need.
Yoga lesson can even foster courage and bravery, keep kids engaged. There are many useful postures such as Dandayamna Bharmanasana (Balancing Table Pose or Tiger Pose), Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose). The name might sound confusing and even intimidating, but it’s extremely effective. Tips when practicing with children is to be playful, weave in fun cues such as, “Let out a tiger roar,” to give the poses to life and children might feel interested to practice. And don’t be hyper focused on form in stead be sure they’re staying safe. When kids practice the poses, it’s going to look different from adults practicing.
Finally, don’t forget that no matter how much excitement you make it, practicing with children requires patience and dedication. Don’t consider this as practicing, but rather think of an opportunity to spend more time with kids. That being said, stay open minded to what you can learn from children, what they have to say. Indeed, kids bring so much joy and curiosity to yoga that inspires the same in adults practice.