Start By Making Yoga Flash Cards
Children are visual by nature. So if you want to teach them something new, you should definitely bring in some flash cards. Make yoga flash cards or use a large roll of paper for a banner of poses. This way, it'll be easier for them to learn the name of poses and different yoga positions. And remember, don't make the yoga class serious or too intense for them, make it playful and fun to keep the little ones excited about learning something new.
Moms, dads and kiddies, this one is something for all of you to enjoy. In a circle, lay out one less mat than there are kids. Place asana index cards at the top of every mat. Press play on a fun, upbeat song and let the kids dance around the mats in a circle. When the music stops, kids take the pose of whatever mat they land on. Whoever doesn’t get a mat is automatically out and can control the music for the next round, switching for each round. This is a great way to make yoga fun for kids.
Set Up A Routine
Kids feel more secure when there is a routine they can follow. You can start with simple steps to get them into a routine, like where to leave their shoes once they are in class, where to put their yoga mats and so forth. This helps create a sense of discipline and order. By doing so, there won't be anything holding back their progress.
We all know that it is a hard task trying to capture the attention of a child, especially when they are still fairly young. So, try to divide the class in different segments to create more variety to keep them interested. You need to time your classes, make each section 10 minutes long and bring different themes in each class. Use music to keep your kids entertained and introduce 'a pose for the week'. Ask questions and let them ask questions, too. Start with easy poses so that it is easier for them to grasp the pose and help them understand what that specific yoga pose is for.
It's easier for kids to learn through repetition as this helps them build their confidence in mastering the poses and to learn the terminology used in yoga. Always remember to be patient with your little ones, because it is a step-by-step process. Teach them the right terminology, this will help them build their vocabulary and it will help them master the poses as time passes.
It's A Family Thing
Get the whole family to join in, because the little yogis are more likely to prosper when there are people around who they are comfortable with. Seeing adults enjoy yoga is the best way to go about encouraging kids to participate. So, as you are teaching them about yoga, be part of the experience and join in on the fun with them.
A Singing Child Is A Happy Child
If you want to grab the attention of your little one, use music. Melody and rhythm are a great way to get kids to engage. So if you can, turn the lessons into songs. This will help them learn faster in a more fun and less serious way. Music also helps children dial up their focus and stay in the moment.
Namaste, we hope you and the little ones find joy in doing yoga together.