From Laura Diaz:
Namaste for the Pre K Set...
Do you have an active pre-school student who you wish would focus a bit more and maybe horse play a little less?
Well, one yoga instructor says she may have just the thing—yoga!
Long considered the mind/body activity for adults— the very young are getting into the act too.
The Children's Bureau in Los Angeles invited us to watch a test class. Even though these young children had never taken a yoga class—they were naturals!
Instructor Theresa Power says the yoga poses are actually providing teaching moments. As example, she says the concentration and the focus are good for these young students. And the fact that yoga is a non- competitive sport means it's suitable for kids of all ages and all different athletic levels.
But these young yogis require a little different technique in teaching. These classes move at a faster rate—they are lively and fun—so as not to lose the attention of the young class. Their poses don't have to be perfect in technique.
Yoga not in your budget for your kids? Not to worry. Breathe in lovingly … and exhale! Power has written a book called " The ABC'S of Yoga." This way, parents can be instructors to their pre-schoolers for a fraction of the cost.
Don't forget the yoga mats!
(Fox 11) - September is National Yoga Month. To celebrate, a preschool class at the Children's Bureau took a yoga class with Teresa Ann Power, author of ABC's of Yoga for Kids.
Power says practicing Yoga poses can help kids with breathing, focus and concentration. It may even help them perform better in school. She teaches classes for children as young as three, but says
With mom's help even babies can start learning.
Power says Yoga for kids needs to be shorter and move faster than an adult Yoga class to accommodate shorter attention spans. She says parent's ought not aim for perfection, but rather aim for exposure. Through regular exposure to Yoga, Power believes that even very young children can start to learn the basics of discipline, calmness and self control.
The ABC's of Yoga for Kids is available at http://www.abcyogaforkids.com/
For more on the Children's Bureau go to www.all4kids.org