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The ethic of Diversity Yoga is to bring yoga to those who need it most, in a simple accessible and enjoyable way.
The aim of any teacher, yoga or otherwise, is to awaken interest and curiosity in the mind of the pupil, giving him or her a clear picture of the subject. And what better subject for small children, than that of discovering their own body, their breath, their heart and their mind?
Much has been written about the benefit of yoga for children. According to the BBC, yoga for children has a profound impact on their behaviour. The Telegraph writes about the importance of yoga as a medium to overcome the amount of screen time children have. The Independent talks about the effect of yoga in the classroom in a recent article.
So it is with great excitement and joy that Diversity Yoga announces a collaboration to bring yoga to small children aged 2-5 on a regular basis through a collaboration with the Aldershot Children’s Play Centre in the Wellington Centre, Aldershot.
The initial classes will run weekly on Thursday mornings at 10.00am, launching on Thursday 23rd May with a special taster class for children to get to know our delightful children’s yoga teacher, Sandra Stoney.
Sandra is a highly experienced teacher, having spent her entire career as a language teacher. She has also been a lifelong yoga practitioner. She retrained as a children’s yoga teacher with Calm for kids.
“I believe today, there is more than ever a need for yoga to be introduced to children at a young age. Their lives are so busy with school pressures, stressed parents, digital games, modern media and an ever-accelerating pace of life. Once children start school, sedentary Immobility starts with long periods sitting at desks or screens. Out sports are also becoming increasingly competitive, adding mental and emotional pressure.
Children love to play and move. They are naturally inquisitive, imaginative and energetic. I believe this inexhaustible love of play, enthusiasm and boundless energy needs to be channelled in a positive, non-competitive way. Yoga can give them the tools to deal with life’s challenges. The asana (postures) help to extend the space between the vertebrae, thus relieving stress to the spinal chord accumulate during the day’s activities.
Each yoga pose explores the elements of gravity, breath and wave (connected with the supple movement of extension along the spine). It is during the process of exhalation that the spine stretches and reconditions without effort, with the muscles being activated by gravity and breathing instead of tension and effort. This is also how the stress and anxiety response is handled in the mind.
Yoga is a form of complete education that is suitable for all children. It develops physical stamina, emotional stability and encourages intellectual and creative ideas and talents. It is a unified system for developing the balanced, total personality of the child, channelling emotions and stimulating creativity, helping to re-establish emotional harmony and developing attention span.”
At Diversity Yoga Kids, we aim to provide a loving, creative environment offering techniques for self-health, relaxation, self-awareness and self-esteem to create the foundations of a life-long practice.
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