Yoga Calm® Tips for Young Yogis

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There were thirteen children from two years to four years old with their happy hearts in constant motion at the recent Yoga Calm® Summer Camp. This group grew and developed before our very eyes in just one short week. Parents tell us that bedtime now includes deep breathing, using calming techniques and singing yoga camp songs. Here are some useful tips to try with your Young Yogi at home.

At this wonderful young age establishing the idea in your child’s mind that exercise is part of their daily routine will prove an important wellness life skill for years to come. The daily routine of yoga assists children find a regular outlet for frustration and create a sense of control. 10 minutes a day may be all that’s needed.

Use music to make yoga and movement activities even more fun for your child. Yoga and dancing is a wonderful way to encourage children to use their bodies in different ways. The children at yoga camp loved the songs on the “Musical Yoga Adventures” CD. Yoga sequences and poses can also be downloaded from their web site at http://www.musicalyogaadventures.com.

Try teaching your Young Yogi new movement skills like walking on tiptoes. Her initial reaction may be to rush at this. Break the activity down into smaller steps: Stand steady, feet firmly on ground, raise heels slightly, once comfortable raise higher, raise higher closer to standing on her tip-toes.

Walk on slopes. Strolling up a slight incline strengthens leg muscles and builds stamina for movement.

Young Yogi's Calming Tip of the Month: Place a yoga sand bag along your child’s back whilst she lies on her belly. Experiment with the weight your child prefers by filling the yoga sand bag a little at a time. This is a great time to read a relaxation or bedtime story. The children loved reading “Each Breath a Smile” based on the teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh

Provide Opportunities for Sharing. When your child is with his friend, make a point of giving him a small mindful snack that he has to share (under your supervision). The more opportunities he has to share, the better he becomes at this. Mindful snack is a calming technique that develops good eating habits, manners, gratitude, and appreciation for beauty. Help your children identify who provides them with food in their community, where the food comes from, how it is made. Describe the smell of the foods, tastes and textures. One of the translations of mindfulness is remembrance. Remembrance - that beauty and peace are available to us in the present moment.

Explain Consequences. Your child may not fully grasp the consequences of her behavior. Kindness makes people happy or that selfishness upsets them. Point out the effects her actions have on those around her. The children loved reading “How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids” written by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer. This is an excellent book to teach empathic skills.

There are 2 remaining summer camps scheduled in August: 1st -5th and 15th -19th. The August 15th Yoga Calm® Summer Camp will have a guest yoga teacher and daily lessons to teach the children sign language.

There are several spaces available in the 1st of August camp and only one remaining place left in the 15th August camp. Register soon.

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