Bringing Kundalini yoga practices to children and families
IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE CHILDREN ARE heard, seen and appreciated. A world where they are seen as an extension of the natural world, rather than yet another thing to fit into a box. Imagine this world as real. Taught in a joyful and positive way, Kundalini Yoga teaches valuable life skills on and off the mat, offering children the on-going chance to explore their potential. We speak to teacher Georgie Treasure-Evans.
standard yoga class. I talk about how each posture can help them at home or at school. We might focus on peace and do lots of partner work. We might focus on anger and work towards calming the nervous system. I bring in meditations and mindfulness practice for whatever we are doing. Thich Nhat Hanh has some lovely ideas for kids. We use mantra, singing, breath work and movement and our imaginations. They love
“I teach children in various ways. From a school hall filled with 30+ kids to a small circle of children in an after school club. We always begin with a ritual chant. If in a small group we might share some healthy snacks. I ask the children how they are feeling. In a small group we use a talking stone and move round the circle one by one teaching kids to listen without interruption. In a large group I ask the kids to notice their mood and physical feelings. Then we will do a traditional Kundalini Yoga warm up, which for young ones will be in the form of a story, each movement being an animal or the wind or a plant. The warm up for older ones looks more like a
BENEFITS OF A YOGA CLASS FOR CHILDREN • Improves behaviour, sleep, strength, coordination, balance and flexibility • Creates a better understanding of themselves and the world around them • Teaches good values and morals and healthy communication • Develops focus and concentration • Boosts self-esteem and confidence the singing bowl, blowing with feathers or leaves and the little ones love having a story which we read together. Kids love the ritual of the candles, music, chanting etc. We finish with a relaxation and a meditation and chant Sat Nam - which I explain to them means they are connecting to the truth within them. They love that and I hear them singing it down the corridors. The benefits are extraordinary and children are great at feeding back. At the end of the class we tend to check in again with our feelings and the kids often say "When I came in I was feeling really angry and fed up and now I feel completely calm and peaceful.” We talk a lot about >
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