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Personal attention is a vital part of teaching yoga to children for two reasons. One: children thrive on personal attention. Your undivided attention makes them feel special and valued. And two: personal attention allows kids to try some of the harder poses that they wouldn’t be able to safely attempt without one-on-one supervision or assistance.
However, the larger your class, the harder one-on-one attention becomes…because you can’t have ten or fifteen kids sitting around just watching while you work with each individual child. That translates into a whole lot of sitting around!
There is a solution.
While you work with one kid, give the rest of the group another pose or activity to work on. Preferably something that gears them up for working with you.
For example, if you are helping each child to handstand in the middle of the room, have the rest of the kids practice walking their feet up the wall in a backwards handstand, since backwards handstands are safe and accessible for most children. They can try to hold for the duration that you help one child mid-room. Then, when your personal attention kid comes down, they can all come down to rest until another child comes to the middle of the room and everyone else goes back up the wall.
That way, all your students stay engaged and active…and each one gets your personal attention, too.
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