Can you remember what it was like to be a child? For some of us that question may trigger fond memories of weekend adventuring from morning till sunset, with minimal daily concerns beyond household chores and making it home in time for dinner. Or perhaps there were a variety of challenges navigated to the best of our abilities, either with the support of our loved ones or going at it mostly alone. Whatever our experiences, current youngsters are growing in a rapidly-changing and technologically-driven world, one that encourages social and tactile engagement through a screen rather through their own physical experience and embodiment. And yet, children are innate seekers of deep connection with others, both for their own self-preservation and as divine beings beginning a human experience. How can we best serve their needs?
In the same way that grown-ups find increased confidence and connection to their own body and others through yoga, children reap the same benefits. My children’s classes encourage growing yogis to attempt new physical challenges and access their imaginations, while we play and practice mind-body movements to activate both hemispheres of the brain. Healthy breathing techniques and guided relaxation round out our practice, teaching tools for self-regulation and emotional resilience in the real world.