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Yoga Foundation Kid's Program aims to support children in their role as students and in the changes and challenges they encounter in becoming young adults. Traditionally yoga was begun in adolescence to encourage and develop increased mental focus, self confidence, physical vitality, and inner strength, creating a stable foundation from which to mature and blossom.
How do yoga's tools work to support this development?
45 minute classes are offered each week over a 6-12 week period. The learning is cumulative, so students are asked to commit to the entire series.
At this age, asana-s, or postures are the primary tools used to engage young bodies and sharpen young minds. Through combining dynamic sequences of step-by-step posture progressions, kids learn to pay attention and cultivate fit, flexible, healthy bodies. Visualization, breathing, and positive affirmations are other tools we use to help children relax and create a positive internal environment. We also draw the sequences completed in class, using simple stick figures, encourages students to wake up their creativity and providing a reference from which they can practice outside of class. Students are also instructed in how to incorporate the practical and compassionate philosophies of yoga into their often tumultuous daily life. Fundamentally, yoga is about children's self-empowerment, and over time they become teachers in class, leading sequences and directing others. These exercises challenge them to work well together, increasing self-awareness and respect for themselves and their peers.
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