Family Yoga - how to enjoy yoga with your kids
Updated: Sep 18, 2019
After seeing hundreds of children transform their lives through yoga & mindfulness, my hope is that more and more children (and their parents) start discovering benefits of yoga & mindfulness. In my past blogs, I’ve talked about 10 benefits of yoga for children and also 5 fun yoga poses for kids. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page if you missed these topics) Today I will be sharing 3 tips to enjoy yoga with your kids in the comfort of your own home. Find some space, roll out your mat and get ready for some family yoga time!
1. Keep it short and sweet
As we’re all aware, young children have a short attention span. Our main interest in sharing yoga with children when they are new is to get them to be curious and interested. So, start with short and simple practice of 5 to 10 minutes. If they enjoy it, you can always do more and gradually increase the practice length to around 20 minutes. If they don’t show interest, don’t force it but try again at a different time.
Try to make body contact with them while staying in each pose. In my class, we do a lot of partner and group poses to encourage physical contact and connection. You can join hands in tree pose, you can join backs as you sit in meditation. Make eye contact wherever possible. Give them your full attention. This is the opportunity to have some quality time with your kids while having digital devices turned off!
Pose of the day - Partner Tree pose
Stand next to your child and do a tree pose together.
Have the leg that’s closer to your child as a standing, balancing leg. Wrap your arm around each other’s shoulder or waist. Your outer hand can come around to meet your child’s (palms placing against each other’s) Switch position and work on the 2ndside. If you’re a group of 3 or more, you can form a little circle.
*For more detailed instructions on how to do this pose safely and its benefits, please visit my past blog titled “5 fun poses for pre-schoolers” (link at the bottom of the page)
3. Make it FUN
Incorporate singing or story where appropriate. Even music would add to fun. Turn it into a little game. Laugh together. My kids yoga & family yoga classes are so different to adult yoga classes I teach. If I taught like I teach adults, kids would be bored in 2 minutes and lose interest. They love seeing you have fun too. Always think of a way to make it fun and get creative!
Pose of the day - Musical tree
Play some upbeat fun dance music. When the music is on, you dance with your kids. When the music stops (you’re in charge of pause/play) everyone needs to freeze and become a tree.
So, there you have it. If you’re new to yoga yourself, it’s probably best to join classes run by an experienced teacher. It’s always more fun to join a local class and meet other like-minded families too. So, if you’re looking for family yoga classes or kids yoga classes you as a parent can be a part of, I’ve got something perfect for you. Come join Family Yoga Workshop on Monday 30 September 2019 in Dee Why! The workshop is most suitable for 3 - 6 year old children and their parents (or caretakers) but slightly younger & older siblings are welcome too. To find out more details, please visit the link below. Make sure to book your mats by Thursday 25 September 2019 to secure early bird prices!
Family Yoga Workshop
10:45 - 11:45am on Monday 30 September 2019
If your kids are much younger, they’re welcome to come along to mums & bubs classes with you. Toddlers & pre-schoolers are welcome too. You will find more details below.
Mums & Bubs / Toddlers Yoga Classes
Friday 2:45-3:45pm from 2 August to 20 September 2019
Here are some related blogs you may enjoy reading:
10 benefits of yoga for kids
5 fun poses for pre-schoolers
Chika is a mum to a toddler and Yoga Australia registered children’s yoga teacher and has been a student of yoga for over 10 years. She specialises in mums & bubs yoga, yoga for mums, kids yoga and family yoga. Since the foundation of Wa Yoga in 2014, she has taught hundreds of children mainly aged between 3 and 12 in Sydney as well as the Central Coast NSW. She has studied with many of the highly respected international yoga teachers including one of the leading kids yoga experts, Lorain Rushton from Zenergy Yoga. Chika hopes to inspire & empower people to practise yoga & mindfulness daily on & off the mat. The best way to stay in touch with Chika for her future offerings is to subscribe to her email newsletters. Please follow the prompts at the very bottom of this page to subscribe.