Kids Yoga is yoga structured in a fun, interactive and engaging way so that children may reap the benefits of yoga.
In Singapore, children are leading increasingly competitive and stressful lives. They have to juggle the pressures of excelling in their studies, performing well in their CCA, and attend a myriad of enrichment courses. While children may be motivated to strive harder, the hectic schedules and endless emphasis on obtaining good results may place undue stress on them.
At OhmSantih Yoga, we provide kids with a nurturing and non-competitive environment to relax and play, while at the same time developing their physical, physiological and psychological abilities through yoga. With our intimate 1:5 teacher-student ratio, this ensures that each child is actively involved. Parents are also regularly updated on the child’s development, with suggestions on how to practice yoga at home as well.
Here, we have no rigid curriculum or fixed measurement metric; instead we encourage every child to explore their creativity and imagination by participating as co-creators in every lesson. Each Yoga lesson has a theme, and the flow of the lesson takes its direction from the suggestions and ideas contributed by both teachers and children. Therefore, no two classes would be the same. Examples include: Embarking on a jungle adventure with roaring tigers, swinging monkeys and other animal poses; a partner-themed class to encourage group bonding and cooperation; mindful activities and games that tie in yoga poses and self-awareness; and much more. The possibilities are endless! Each lesson takes its form according to the kids’ imagination, and is facilitated by our highly improvisational teachers. Our versatile teachers integrate yoga poses, yoga breathing exercises and relaxation activities seamlessly into every lesson. The breathing exercises are highly beneficial as they help kids to relax and stay calm. As they become more aware of their breathing, these techniques become very useful in managing their day-to-day emotions, and they develop a sense of calmness and focus during stressful periods such as examinations or competitions. Relaxation and mindful activities also help kids to sleep better and stay well-rested throughout the day.
Through the many yoga poses that target different muscles and joints, you will certainly see much improvement in your child’s flexibility, strength, balance and coordination. Most importantly, they will develop greater awareness of their bodies and the changes that the body goes through. With this awareness, these little yogis become more conscientious in trying to maintain a good posture and balance as they continue to grow.
The practice of yoga has much positive impact on a child’s development, and it has also been found to benefit children with special needs such as Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Cerebral Palsy. For example, in the case of Autism Spectrum Disorder, the muscle tone can be improved and the flapping symptoms can be minimised through the strengthening poses. More importantly, the gentle and tranquil nature of yoga encourages them to integrate their natural gift of enthusiasm into a series of movements and regulated breathing, without having to worry about undue competition or stress.
Without a doubt, yoga brings about long-term, holistic benefits for children, as our testimonials would attest! Happy parents have shared with us the changes they have observed in their children after attending the Kids Yoga classes:-
• Improvement in the ability to focus and a longer attention span.
• Able to manage stress and emotions better.
• Increased self-esteem and confidence.
• Better posture.
• Better immune system and fall sick less often.
We have classes that run simultaneously with the Kids Yoga Classes for parents who are interested to do yoga themselves and we have trial classes available at a commitment fee of $10. This allows you and your child to experience the classes and ensure that you all like them before you decide.