Kids Holiday Workshops
Yesterday this lucky duck got to teach seven amazing budding yogis for two hours! It was a total blast – the theme of yesterday’s class was Chandra – Moon, so after starting with our Oms we launched our rockets into space for an inter-galactic adventure! This was the first time I have ever tried Moon Salutes with kids and they loved it! We did them singing ‘Mrs Moon Moon’ (to the tune of Mr Sun Sun, but the kids insisted that since the sun was a boy the moon must be a girl). I love that these kids have started trying to do their salutations with their eyes closed, trying to remember what comes next and focus more on how it feels. It’s really cute seeing them sneak peaks when they forget what’s next and ever cuter when they just don’t worry and are in the middle of the group doing their own thing but with eyes closed and not a care in the world!
I often think more adults need kids’ yoga, so that utkasana (powerful pose) can be a rocket launching off, dekasana (aeroplane) can be done connecting hands in a circle and falling over is absolutely hilarious. Nirvasana (boat pose) is a lot less difficult when it’s actually a space station which opens its doors (legs) to receive a spaceship and then begins to orbit in rock’n’rolls and somersaults. And what do aliens look like in a kids yoga-space class? Well, they’re often upside-down, in shoulderstands, handstands and standing splits, which curl up into tiny little balasana (child’s pose**) alien eggs to rest afterward.
I find it interesting that as adults we always think of kids being so full of energy we can’t keep up with them, but I find that often it’s the rest and relaxation that the kids ask for most. Halfway through the class they start asking me if we are going to do our relaxation (savasana) which often lasts up to ten minutes. Of course we take little breaks during the class too, like lying down in suptabadakonasana (bound angle pose) and using our hands on our bellies to feel our breath going as deep as it can. However, I often hear from my child students (very similarly to my adult students) that the full savasana relaxation is the best bit of the whole class. I always take them on a journey, for instance yesterday when we went to space our relaxation was floating through a rainbow of stars, feeling how each new star and colour affected our bodies in different ways (inspired by the chakras). Afterwards the kids will sometimes tell me that their mind wandered away from the journey, but that they soon came back – sound familar adult yogis?
For me the best part of class comes straight after relaxation, when everyone sits up still silent and with their eyes closed go straight into Omming. It’s amazing to hear. As they open their eyes they look around the room and say to one another ‘I love you and I love myself. Namaste.’ And I know I have the best job in the world.
Kids Yoga Holiday Workshops will be returning to Fluid Form Pilates, Dank St, in January. I can’t wait!
**Whenever I have told a child in balasana that the name of their pose is ‘child’s pose’ they look at me quizzically, wondering why that movement represents them. I can only think it must have something to do with the fetal position.