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Yoga for Children 8-12 yrs

Movement, mindfulness & serenity in KS2 kids

Mentored by

Ma Durga Yoga

Harmonic development and growth with yoga

Organisation links
Location address: Stuston, IP21 4AD
Chosen age group:

For ages: 8 - 12 years

Available tickets:
Block of 4 £28Sibling block of 4 £25Drop-in £8
Next date: None - message Mentor to express interest
What we'll do
Yoga for children aged 8-12 (KS2) involves yoga postures (asanas), which are usually taught in themed classes to offer the body movement and the mind a story line. The focus will regularly fall onto counter acting the effects of sitting for increasing periods of time and its effect on the body. This often means a softening of the neck and shoulder area, back and hips. Paying attention to the breath will be introduced and how we can move our bodies dynamically with the out-breath and the in-breath. We will move more dynamically in some postures (flow like practice) and slow down, calm down as a result. Balancing postures will help to sharpen focus and concentration and build core strength and determination. Each class will have at least one yoga pose that explores the child’s balancing skills. Yoga games will often be part of a class and are either group games or involve pairs. The focus of the games varies from balancing, breath awareness, posture practice and relaxation. To close each class, we rest with a relaxation practice which allows children to find a way to conjure up inner peace. We might introduce basic meditation and visualisation techniques in an age-appropriate fashion that can promote better sleep and harmony between their bodies and minds.
About your mentor
Ma Durga Yoga
Harmonic development and growth with yoga
I, Melanie Sharman, was lucky enough to have a wonderful Baby Yoga teacher George in our local children center and I enjoyed her classes with both of my little ones. I could experience how we engaged with one another in class through song and had a brief moment of calm at the end of each lesson. A class format that I was familiar with from my own adult classes. Whilst my 2 children are now in primary school, I see how much screen time they crave and how their interests are changing towards gaming and being entertained by devices. They also spend 6 hours a day in school and the sitting downtime will only increase year on year. Not to mention increasing peer pressure, self-consciousness and insecurities. I was wondering how I could bring more balance to children's lives and really plant a seed that supports and nurtures their development in our frantic world. Being a keen yoga practitioner for more than 20 years, I qualified as a Toddler & Pre-School Yoga Teacher with Amy Yoga in 2021. I've been teaching this age group since January 2022 and have enjoyed every moment of it! It is beautiful to witness how the young ones explore their bodies with the assistance of their parent or carer or through the encouragement of their peers in nursery/pre-school settings. It has taken one teaching lesson, that I realised I'd like to open up my teaching skills for children of all ages, including teenagers. I'm completing a teaching yoga to children & teens course in May 2022 and a teaching yoga to adults course in February 2023. Both are with the British Wheel of Yoga as I find their recognition within the UK educational sector is unique and their approach to embrace all traditions and facets of yoga the right fit for me. I found in Christiane Kerr (calm for kids), Kari Knight (yoga for people living with cancer) and Elaine Fletcher ( amazing resources of knowledge, compassion and support. The children and adults I have encountered in my classes this far, give me the confidence and confirmation that I am following my calling! My own family & friends are also a huge support of my work, studies and wider interest i.e. child psychology which I'm studying in my own time to support my teaching. I hope that your children will find value in my teaching and that it may help them through the pre-school years all the way through to high school and beyond. Always carrying that light of yoga and being able to shine it where they need it. Let it be in their physical bodies, their mind to calm their thoughts, to gain clarity or to regulate their emotions.
Learning aims
Aim 1
The learner will experience calm derived from relaxation, mindful exercises or breathing and can recall the most helpful to them.
Aim 2
The learner will understand that yoga postures are linked to animal movements and will be able to perform at least one of the poses.
Aim 3
The learner will be able to demonstrate an inhalation and exhalation with at least one dynamic hand or body movement.
Pricing information
Ticket nameBlock of 4
Information£7 for 45-min class
Ticket nameSibling block of 4
InformationIf you have siblings attending the class, please use this rate per child
Ticket nameDrop-in
InformationPay-as-you go option
Where we'll be
Roots Activities, Old Bury Road, Stuston, Suffolk, IP21 4AD
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