Pre School Yoga
Preschool Yoga IS For The Whole Family......
Yoga should always be centred around love, fun, bonding and learning. It is not about perfection or 'being the best'it's about individuals exploring a story, exploring movement of the body, trust, communication and love. These classes can become a very special time in your day or week where you can forget EVERYTHING in your life and just focus on the moment in time that you are standing in. Giving your full attention to yourself and your child/children.
You are your child's first and most important teacher. Your little one may learn about phonics and number patterns at school but they learn about LIFE, PEOPLE, RELATIONSHIPS and so much more with you. Just by being in your company, watching you and copying you they are building their character, their self esteem and their FUTURE.
This sounds serious and quite heavy! Hey, I'm a mum, I know the weight of parenting can feel pretty heavy at times. But creating time and space for fun together is so important and trying to remember #lovenotcontrol can really lighten the load.
Exploring Family Yoga is sooooooo much fun on surface level. When we dig a little deeper its clear that through Yoga we are actually guiding and teaching soooooo much to our children. The communication skills and loving connections developed during a safe and relaxed atmosphere of a yoga class will go a long way in serving families during stressful times.
How Preschool Yoga can enhance family life....
Ultimately Pre School Yoga provides a wonderful place to spend healthy and happy, quality time together. Family is so important, and time and care are needed to nurture it and make it work; yoga is perfect for this!
As a Classroom Teacher I learnt that a lot of what can really help and nurture children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) can actually be really beneficial for the whole class and in terms of 'good practice' would actually be 'Great practice' for everyone. With this notion in mind I want to explore how Yoga can help children with Autism and/or Speech & Language difficulties that can actually extend to most children, especial when we are thinking about Preschoolers.
When we interact and play with children it can often be with a toy. In this instance a lot of our focus and the child's focus tends to be placed upon the item. However when we participate in activities without an object, when it is just person to person the focus is much more likely to be on each other. On copying one another, on
each others facial & body language as well as spoken language and general awareness. All of this is rich in speech and language development not to mention creative, imaginative and social learning.
A Yoga class can offer this experience to families and give them the opportunity to then use this at home. Story adventure yoga is wonderful for this especially when you and your child take the lead. Try it, don't follow me or another instructor on the screen, take what you have learnt and create your own Yoga stories or recall the ones practiced in class.
By sharing an experience together where you are focused on each other you are showing how much value you place on your time together.
Letting go of 'perfection' allows you and your child to explore and try new things/moves/ideas without pressure. Its great for children to see their parent in learning mode and to sometimes see them struggle with something new.
Learning about the yoga mat and what we do on it and around it. Creating a special vibe around the use o f your mat can be important and teach life lessons about taking care of things and being thankful for them.
Experiencing being part of a community together. Each week you will turn up to the class and the same parents & children will be there. Each week you are modeling to your child interacting with new faces & spaces.
Plus all the learning planned into the content of each and every class.
A letter for each child in my class...
Thank you to .....
☆ The child that wasn't sure if they wanted to join in, who maybe felt nervous or worried they wouldn't enjoy it or feel they were 'good' at it. You absolutely blossomed as the class progressed and became one of my helpers!
☆ The child who was so excited to be at the class and experiencing something knew they used their body to express this and moved back and forth between my mat and their mat. This was fine....it was more than fine, it was lovely to share my mat with such a confident and happy child. Thank you for helping me throughout the class.
☆ The oldest child who listened with open ears, watched with careful eyes and moved their body with purpose. You were a wonderful role model.
☆ The best friends. You were like two siblings helping each other and cheering each other on. What a lovely friendship you have.
☆ The helper, you were so helpful to me packing away at the end of the class thank you. I really admired your eagerness to learn and try out the Asanas as well!
☆ The shy squad, you started of a little shy and holding onto mummy and you were so brave to brake away and try some of the story activities and Asanas not touching Mummy and even coming away and over with me! Well done!
I was so impressed with how beautifully you all took part in the group drawing activity. It was beautiful to see you all mark making on the same piece of paper, all sharing space, words, objects and ideas. I hope that you will look at the little person you decorated and remember what fun we all had together on our Zoom To The Moon Adventure!
Look forward to meeting you again soon.