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What can be technical elements for a children’s yoga class?

Written by Sophie Nusselder

Every hosted a children’s yoga class? It can be superfun!

In this blog I share a list of “ingredients” – elements that proved to be powerful in children’s yoga classes I hosted the last view years. Hopefully they help you to create inspiring lessons that embody the principles of yoga. Remember 🙂 make the class fun and joyfull, inspired by….LOVE

  1. Physical body: Introduce all types of yoga postures: forward bends, backbends, twists, hip openers, supine poses, standing poses, inverted poses and balancing poses.
  2. The senses: Cover the ordinary and non ordinary senses with aromatherapy, massage, music, sound, vibration, food, light, darkness etc.
  3. History / philosophy: Introduce elements of the yoga philosophy to the students. Include stories about who the postures are named after and why and introduce important deities like Shiva and Shakti. Introduce the eight folded path (Yama, Niyama etc)
  4. Pranayama Practise different forms of pranayama from day one
  5. The energy body Yessss! I would really talk about the energetic body, the koshas, chacras, intuition and the web that connects us!
  6. Meditation Make silence, contemplation, meditation and guided visualization
  7. Kula – Create a community Create a space, a community (“KULA”) where all children are and feel safe to express themselves openly and confidently .
  8. Emotional Benefits/ Effects: make the children aware of their emotions, so that they may learn to turn yoga to support their emotional, physical and spiritual life!

Enjoy your teachings 🙂

Let’s end this blog with a lovely poem of Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach (translated by Lella Gandini)

The Hundred Languages

No way. The hundred is there.

The child

is made of one hundred.

The child has

a hundred languages

a hundred hands

a hundred thoughts

a hundred ways of thinking

of playing, of speaking.

A hundred always a hundred

ways of listening

of marveling, of loving

a hundred joys

for singing and understanding

a hundred worlds

to discover

a hundred worlds

to invent

a hundred worlds

to dream.

The child has

a hundred languages

(and a hundred hundred hundred more)

but they steal ninety-nine.

The school and the culture

separate the head from the body.

They tell the child:

to think without hands

to do without head

to listen and not to speak

to understand without joy

to love and to marvel

only at Easter and at Christmas.

They tell the child:

to discover the world already there

and of the hundred

they steal ninety-nine.

They tell the child:

that work and play

reality and fantasy

science and imagination

sky and earth

reason and dream

are things

that do not belong together.

And thus they tell the child

that the hundred is not there.

The child says:

No way. The hundred is there.

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// Picture: Sophie Nusselder

Sophie Nusselder

My name is Sophie Nusselder. I started practicing and teaching yoga in 2008 and knew I started travelling a path that would change my life. Ever since my childhood I remember having a natural desire for physical movement. Born and raised on the Dutch countryside I loved to bike and hike in nature. The awareness of the breath in yoga made me connect with deeper layers. A fortification of magic in life! To me yoga means aligning. Yoga and meditation are tools to remove that what blocks me and allow space – the space of pure presence. By constantly returning to this space I discover what truth is and what is not. It’s direct communication, which results in pure clarity, free feelings, liberation and creativity. I experience yoga as a feeding of my deepest yearning, it creates challenges to develop myself and it works as a support in my inner pursuits.

All points of view are welcome, even contradictory ones ? All we expect is that you put your point across in a civil manner.

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