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Yoga can be exciting for kids. Great news for kids…perhaps not such great news for parents who sign their kids up for yoga in order to calm them down.
I have to admit, I reside firmly in the make-yoga-fun-for-children camp and it often gets pretty loud and goofy, but sometimes I come up against resistance. In fact, to quote a phrase, a potential client told me the other day that she “does not see how yoga and fun can possibly meet.”
Well, a few quick tips for those clients who prefer a more tranquil yoga class…
- Keep your voice quiet. When you speak with a loud, excited voice (as those of you who know me, know I do), be prepared for loud, excited children. If you set the tone with a quiet and soothing voice, your classes will be more conducive to a calm and tranquil setting. Also, kids will have to be quieter and pay more attention to hear what you are saying.
- Consider working in rows instead of a circle. Again, I always work in a circle, as I prefer the social/communal aspects that it encourages, however, rows are are better for eliminating extra noise and interaction between students. In rows, children are focused completely on you, there are fewer distractions, and they are more likely to continuously pay attention in class.
- Use soothing music in the background. Music is known to have subliminal effects on its listeners. In the background, it serves as a calming distraction, telling the mind to settle in and settle down, as you go through your class.
- Encourage more individual work rather than interactive exercises. Children are incredibly social and the more they interact, the less quiet things will be. I don’t mean to take out the fun, but keep it personal. There are lots of fun activities that children can do solo on their own mats.
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