We just finished up another Yoga Garden Kids Club session! Our theme started out being Balance, and turned quickly into, How to balance trying to do our best and being comfortable asking for help”. Instead of relying on the words, I can’t do it. Even adults do this, they see a pose that is more bendy or requires more strength and the words that pop into our head first is usually, I can’t do that. For the kids, I noticed that they would say the words aloud… but then do their version of the pose brilliantly! (There are probably already million and one blog posts out there about the psychology behind that)
So, we made a new rule for Kids Club. They are no longer allowed to say “I can’t do it” until they have tried, then if they need help. They may say “I can’t do it YET” and we will work together as a team to find their version!
In our discussion/meditation time, we had really great conversations about things we found hard to do, how we could help ourselves and how to ask for help. We talked a lot about what a Guru is and they enjoyed hearing that we are all a Guru. One of the easiest ways to begin learning from each other is Active Listening. We practiced turning towards and looking at whomever was speaking. As we spoke of every day topics, we practiced making space for each other to share. After a few classes of practicing this, I noticed that the children were bringing both topics together while doing our physical practice! If someone was struggling with a pose, we would stop, see and hear that person and then work together to find a modification.
It was really a joy to see and I am always so grateful that I started teaching kids. I learn so much.
Yoga Garden Kids Club is a yoga class for kids ages 6-9. It is 45 minutes long and in it we practice meditation, yoga postures, play games, tell stories and have a ton of fun! YGKC is offered in 5 week sessions. It is $45/ 5 week session. There are two time/day options for Kids Club. Thursday 4:30-5:15pm or Saturday 10:30-11:15am
The next session starts on November 10 for the Thursday option, and November 12 for the Saturday option. Our themes for the next session will Gratitude and we will also be thinking about and discussing what we want to take with us into the new year.
If you are interested in having your child join us for the next session, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday Kids Club during a “Pillow Class”.