Our yoga classes for 5-10 year olds are held at the same time every week. Whilst we have eight weeks of classes scheduled we allow drop in attendance too. The classes are structured as such that it is not a pre-requisite to complete all eight successively.
Yoga is a fantastic practice for children and young people. Our Kids after school courses offer a playful, non-competitive environment, which fosters creativity, self-awareness and a team approach to Yoga.
In this course, we explore yoga and mindfulness meditation in a hands-on way through fun games & activities, art & crafts, play & yoga. Children will learn about focus, calmness, gratitude, self love & stress management.
The weekly classes will be child friendly, play based and incorporate individual kids interests. The sessions will include practice of asana (postures), age appropriate breathing practices, yoga inspired games and partner/group yoga as well as relaxation/ meditation practices. Kids will be encouraged to integrate these into home and school life.
Therese Walley from The Kindness Institute will be teaching the classes. Therese volunteers on their kids Mindfulness and Yoga programmes. Proceeds from this course, after expenses, go to helping the Kindness Institute continue their work in this space. More info about that below...
If your child is new to this course please download and complete the Registration form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the first day of the course, or bring it along and give it to Therese.
Student Age Range
Please note that whilst the course is open to 5 and 6-year olds, please consider their level and ability to be in this environment on their own. Parents are welcome to stay for the first 15-20 minutes of the first class if their child needs settling, but after this time we prefer for the children to participate in the session on their own.
Equally if your child is a mature 10 year old you may consider registering them into the older kids course. We are flexible about this dependent on the child.
The Kindness Institute
The Kindness Institute specialises in mindfulness education and has seen great benefits for students learning, listening, confidence, improving sleep, focus and anxiety. Their program is based on world leading programs, including the Holistic Life Foundation supported by Harvard and Jon Hopkins Medical School. They work in primary schools, high schools, youth justice and with women in prison. They have a 100% success rate with youth reporting a reduction in stress in our ATAWHAI (kindness program).
See more about their mahi here in a recent piece on the Sunday program: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/sunday/clips/under-pressure-the-rise-of-anxiety-in-kiwi-youth