Q. What is yoga?
A. The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning union. It is an ancient system of physical and psychic practice that originated during the Indus Valley civilization in South Asia. The first written records of this methodology appeared around 200 BC in Yogasutra of Patanjali. The system consists of the eightfold path, or Asthangayoga. A contemporary interpretation of yoga describes yoga as a systematic practice aimed at developing harmony in the body, mind, and environment.
Q. I do not currently do any form of exercise…can I do yoga?
A. Anyone can do yoga. The important thing is to honor where you are with your ability, flexibility, and endurance, and to be patient with yourself. Move slowly into the postures, and always come out when your body tells you it is time.
Q. What do I wear?
A. Something you can comfortably stretch in. We prefer you do not wear baggy pants, as it is difficult to check correct leg alignment, but stretch tights, stretch shorts and a t-shirt are fine.
Q. What equipment do I need?
A. A good “sticky” mat is helpful, so that you can do the standing postures without sliding. Straps and foam blocks are also helpful for some postures, but are not necessary in the beginning for everyone. I always bring mats to the beginning of every series, so that those who are unsure of the type of mat will have one to use.
Q. How can I teach yoga when I have never done yoga before?
A. The great thing about Yoga for Kidz is it has been developed with kids and adults in mind! The poses are explained in simple step by step terms so they are not intimidating, even for people who have never tried it. Even my mom, who is not a yoga person at all, can learn each of the poses from the directions given. I also test out all my directions on people ages 5 to 50, just to make sure they are clear. And, if you’re ever stuck, just send me an email and I can help you out!
Q. What if I am physically unable to do some of the poses?
A. That’s fine. Not everyone can do all the poses. And there are some that I share to help challenge your kids. And even my parents agree, there are some things that novice adult bodies just aren’t meant to do! J Really, the steps are easy to follow and share with the kids in your life. They are written so kids who can read can even do them sometimes without adults helping them!
Q. We are so busy with after school activities, how can I fit yoga into our lives without cutting into homework time?
A. Yoga for Kidz is designed with total flexibility in mind. Some days you may have a half hour when you can practice with your kids, other days maybe only 10 minutes. That’s totally okay. This is designed to allow you the flexibility to fit it into your lifestyle the best way for you. There is no right or wrong amount of time. The key is to develop yoga as a regular practice, and to help your kids learn to love being healthy and being aware of their bodies and their minds.
Q. What Is Yoga for Kidz?
A. Yoga for Kidz is a unique way for kids, and even adults, to learn to incorporate yoga into their lives in a way that fits their lifestyle and schedule.
Yoga has long been shown to be a tool for helping people get in touch with their bodies and their minds. Yoga for Kidz offers the same benefits, but for kids. The unique part of Yoga for Kidz is that it has been developed by me, Hannah. I am now a teenager but I first started yoga when I was 7 years old and going through some really rough times.
Yoga helped me to channel my energy from the stress I was dealing with, and I found out it also helped me to focus my energy and get a better handle on my ADHD. My grades improved, the comments on my report card improved, and I was feeling stronger than ever before.
I decided it would be great if yoga could be made available to all kids, not just in my town, or in my state, or even my country. But in the whole world! And what better way to share it with as many kids as possible than over the internet.
So I developed this website and this program.
Yoga has been proven to…
Improve posture, flexibility, and strength
Increase focus and attention span
Help naturally manage some of the symptoms of ADHD
Get kids in touch with their bodies and their minds, which helps increase self confidence and self esteem
Offer a non-competitive way for kids to participate in physical activity with other kids, so kids of all abilities can practice
Q. Is Yoga for Kidz approved by doctors?
A. It’s important to know that I am not a doctor, and nothing I say on this site is an appropriate substitute for taking your kids to the doctor. Also, if your child hasn’t done any physical activity for a while I encourage you to take them in for a check-up before starting any exercise program…and whether it seems like it or not, yoga is an exercise. So please, check with a doctor if you have any concerns, or if your child hasn’t been physically active.