Today, I taught that class at the day camp I mentioned last post. The original plan was to teach two classes of about 50 kids each, but rainy weather forced us to change our plans. I ended up teaching all the children in their individual camp groups- about 10 or 15 kids each. I had the privilege of teaching over 100 kids yoga, most of them complete first timers.
I ended, as always with relaxation. I'm always a little shocked at how much the kids seem to enjoy this part of the class. It was a struggle to get them to sit still when I first started teaching! The turning point came when I realized that a child's perception of time is very different than an adults. Remember how long 10 minutes could seem when you were 5 or 6? The trick is to keep the time intervals short and the directions clear "close your eyes and don't move anything but your breath until I finish counting to 10'. This is much more manageable. After that, you increase the time frame: count to 20, or even 30, depending on your group of kids. For younger children, I often enforce this point
with a visit from the "yoga fairy". The "yoga fairy" is very shy, any movements or noise will scare her away. Children laying very still will receive a kiss on the toe.
Please feel free to share any comments or thoughts you have on children's yoga. I love hearing from all of you!
That's all for now! Until next time, Namaste.