Namaste: Kids Yoga at Southwest Library
Published on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 3:37pm
Join us on Saturdays at 1 p.m. in the children's room for a free kids' yoga class for ages 8 to 12. This class is made possible through the library's partnership with Yoga Activist, a volunteer organization which helps teachers share their yoga practice in their neighborhoods and communities.
We are excited to welcome our teachers, Deborah and Daniel, who will lead the class, starting this weekend through Saturday, April 5. Because this is an exercise class, a parental waiver/permission slip is required for your child to participate. Waivers can be obtained in the Southwest Library children's room, and must be turned in before the start of class.
Yoga and mindfulness have many benefits for children, including flexibility, alertness, and a greater sense of calm. To explore those benefits, check out some of the library's resources below:
Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Community describes rituals and meditative exercises that members of the community have created to share with children on their celebrated family meditation retreats.
Provided along with the book is a companion CD with songs that teach meditation concepts.
Little Flower Yoga for Kids by Jennifer Cohen Harper outlines a model yoga practice for children, incorporating mental and emotional aspects as well as physical poses.
Harper has created a children's yoga program, also called Little Flower, and trains fellow yoga teachers to teach children's classes as well as spearheading a yoga in the schools program in New York City.
In Fly Like a Butterfly: Yoga for Children Baltimore-based yoga teacher Shakta Khalsa shares a creative way of teaching yoga to children, by giving the poses child-friendly names and incorporating them into imaginative movement-based stories, which children can act out with their whole bodies.