We Are Happy To Introduce Our New “Yoga Groups for Kids”
With much excitement we started our Yoga Group today!! We had a lot of fun learning many yoga poses as we “traveled to the beach”, collecting shells and pretending to be many sea animals and many other cool things.
Why Yoga? Read more and find out!
Alike adults, children gain many benefits from yoga. Physically, it promotes flexibility and improves strength, coordination and body awareness at the same time as it develops imitation and motor planning skills. Mentally it promotes calmness and relaxation while increasing concentration and mental focus.
As with everything we do at InterPlay, we make yoga fun while children exercise, play and connect more deeply with their inner selves.
We live in a fast moving world. Busy parents, increased academic demands, extra-curricular activities, camps, therapies and tutoring produce stress in our children. Utilizing yoga practices can significantly reduce children’s internal stress and support innate joy, self-relaxation, self-esteem and appreciation for a quiet and calm state of arousal.
Yoga is a noncompetitive activity which fosters cooperation and attention to one self and to others around you. When children imitate the movements and sounds of nature, they have a chance to imagine taking on its qualities. Pretend play gets empowered within them and connection with the real world occurs. When they assume the pose of the lion for example, they experience not only the power and behavior of the lion, but also their own sense of power.
Dawn Neese, one of our amazing Occupational Therapists, got certified in Rainbow Kids Yoga and is implementing these groups with much success. She has learned to let go of agendas and expectations of what yoga is and is not. She has developed the ability to honor the children’s imagination to teach them the benefits of yoga in a playful way. Stillness, balance, flexibility, focus, peace, grace, connection, and well-being are the positives we are striving for.
InterPlay provides a loving, responsive, creative environment for children to uncover their own truths and Yoga is one of our new ways to do so!