Learning Yoga at an early age will benefit any child by giving them some tools to face the challenges of life ahead. This is especially important in our fast-paced and stressful world. Children of any age can start practicing Yoga, but from the age of six or seven on, they have a much easier time paying attention.
Through Yoga, children learn in a playful way to concentrate. The exercises improve their motor skills, train their sense of balance, increase focus and boost their overall health and physical fitness. By taking part in the Yoga classes, children also develop important social skills. Regular Yoga practice can offer help with learning disorders, hyperactivity, stress and lack of exercise.
Children who dislike PE often enjoy Yoga, because there is no competition. There is no pressure to perform, it is their personal experience of progress that counts, as well as their experience of calm and well-being during and after the practice. We encourage them to laugh when they find things challenging, because it is fun to try.
The guided relaxation at the end of each session teaches children, that there is peace and calm to be found by going within, rather than constantly searching for stimulation through outside things. Those who are overstimulated by excessive use of entertainment like video games and TV might find this part of the class challenging to begin with but teaching the mind to be still and calm is a very valuable lesson to take forward in life.
For teachers or parents to set up a Yoga class at your school please contact me for available times and further arrangements.
Sessions are usually 45 minutes long, and with a maximum of 16 children participating at a time. To cover a year group of about 30 students, two back to back sessions are recommended.
"Peter taught yoga to our Year 6 pupils over two terms. The children benefited from his calm and professional approach and all said how much they enjoyed the sessions. As a teacher I saw improved concentration and focus from the children, showing how Peter’s teaching supported holistic well-being and mindfulness." (Liz Sawyer, Year 6 teacher at Bapchild and Tonge Primary School)