arhodes
Wednesday 21st , 2012
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“It doesn’t take a guru to know the best age to start learning downward facing dog is as a young pup.” –Donnell Alexander, LA Times.

696 Kidspace Children’s Museum is piloting a new Baby & Me Yoga program for 2013!  As the Early Childhood Specialist at Kidspace, I will be leading children and caregivers side by side in a 45 minute nontraditional yoga class.  I am certified by Los Angeles mini yogis-yoga for kids and share their philosophy in providing invigorating, interactive, imaginative journeys into your child’s developing mind, body, and spirit, giving children the sometimes rare opportunity to just be kids within the context of yoga asana and meditation.

697 Why yoga?  Children of all ages can benefit from yoga.  In our 2013 pilot program we aim to focus on our Early Learners ages 3-5 years old as we develop balance, coordination, body awareness, flexibility, and physical strength.  Children will learn how to use their bodies in new ways utilizing the element of coordination through movement across the axis of the spine.  As children manipulate their bodies and maximize their mobility, they are becoming more aware of their spine, joints, and muscles.  Baby & Me Yoga will help develop flexibility in order to prevent injuries and increase range of motion, as well as internal health.  As you and your child twist, you are literally winging out the central core, massaging and maintaining the internal organs.

698 Along with the benefits above, Baby & Me Yoga nurtures imaginative-creative thinking, concentration, confidence, cooperation, respect for others, and inner balance.  A child’s yoga practice is imaginative in nature, which develops creative thinking skills and encourages original thought.  By exploring different yoga postures which mimic different images in nature (e.g. animals, windmills, trees, bugs) children will begin to understand their connection to their surroundings. Yoga also helps children create a single-minded focus on the task at hand, strengthening their concentration skills.  As we build positive self-esteem and self-respect, we also learn to respect and cooperate with others and to promote kindness and sharing in all of our classes.  Another key element of yoga is promoting mental and physical balance, simply by trying the pose.  Even if they do not successfully stand on one foot they will learn to stay calm when they fall and to get up and try again- they’ve learned balance.  Yoga provides opportunities to build energy and stamina, while also calming a child and reducing stress (for parent and child).

Follow this link to register you and your little one for our pilot class on Thursday, December 6th, 2012 from 3:00pm to 3:45pm.  Space is limited.  One caregiver must participate with each child. REGISTER HERE

Please contact me at 626-449-9144 ext. 5212 or email at arhodes@kidspacemuseum.org with any questions or concerns.

References:

With the Kids, 2007 by Donnell Alexander from the Los Angeles Times

Yoga Journal, articles by Marsha Wenig

mini yogis yoga for kids http://www.miniyogis.com/