Yoga & Meditation
Yoga has many benefits for children such as helping to increase balance, coordination and core strength. It can also aid relaxation and promote a sense of achievement.
Yoga is performed through a story as well as playing yoga games. This helps children to trust, have more confidence and self-esteem as well as problem solving and working in partners or as a team. The children have yoga sessions 3-5 days a week.
Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. By doing yoga the children exercise, play, connect more deeply with their inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them.
The children learn in a fun way by imitating trees, dogs, butterflies and lots more, using their imagination to move into these poses, creating shapes and imitations using their arms, legs and body.
We recognize the importance of children having time to relax and unwind and therefore we offer Meditation sessions in our setting.
For children, the easiest way to meditate is to find and listen to one’s own heartbeat. The heart is an organ that keeps us alive and allows us to feel love or sadness. By listening to our hearts we can understand more about our self and know our own hearts.
Some of the benefits of meditation in children are self-regulation, attention and concentration, self-esteem and creativity.
Children learn to become more aware of their own bodies and their reaction to stress so that they can better take control of their emotional and physical states. This ability to calm themselves when they experience stress is an invaluable tool, and leads them to have a more positive outlook on life and to be more confident.