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Yoga for happy kids.ppt

  1. 1. Kids are like seeds which we have planted. We have to nourish them so that they grow to be healthy, strong, and loving people. Developmental Enhancement Center Yoga for Happy Kids
  2. 2. Yoga for Happy Kids Yoga is unique in its ability to enhance children’s lives through physical and mental stimulation without the fears and pressures of performance. Its incorporation into one’s daily regiment endows individuals with physical and mental fitness, which is becoming more and more necessary for a proper function in our society.
  3. 3. is a wholistic approach to Yoga for kids, parents, and teachers. The goal of the programs is a happy, confident, and compassionate child. Using easy and playful scientific techniques, the development of a healthy body, sound mind, and a spiritual awakening is made possible. Yoga for Happy Kids
  4. 4. Every segment ties Hatha Yoga, modified for young children, with the specific components of positive development supported by developmentally appropriate activities. Individual segments are theme oriented as outlined below. Ten-Segment Yoga-Based Program Segment Topic Segment Topic 1 Introduction to Yoga Unity 6 Principles of Effective Communication 2 Individuality / Self 7 Vision & Perspective 3 Sharing 8 Universe 4 Manifestation 9 Rules, Rights, Responsibility 5 Self study: Strength & Flexibility 10 Play Yoga / Pantomime
  5. 5. Yoga Teaches How to <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Breathe to unlock energy and vitality </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stretch to tone up the body </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Workout to develop suppleness and strength </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relax to release tension to keep the body healthy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chant to experience good vibrations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Meditate to be calm, peaceful, and control thoughts </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interact to share and to make friends </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Each Segment Begins With <ul><li>Opening </li></ul><ul><li>Topic introduction and discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Proper breathing practice </li></ul><ul><li>Eye exercises </li></ul><ul><li>Gentle stretching </li></ul>
  7. 7. Segment Topic Reflection in a Group Mandala <ul><li>Children reflect upon the topic by creating images -- expressing their feelings through a variety of shapes and colors on their own pie-shape piece of paper. </li></ul><ul><li>After finishing, children mix and match their own creations with others making a variety of group whole mandalas, while learning how their Self-expression influences the whole. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Mandala Coloring <ul><li>Mandala </li></ul><ul><li>is a “Sanskrit” word for </li></ul><ul><li>“ circle” or “center.” </li></ul><ul><li>Coloring Mandalas </li></ul><ul><li>is a soothing activity that </li></ul><ul><li>enhances children’s </li></ul><ul><li>Inner peace </li></ul><ul><li>Focus and concentration </li></ul><ul><li>Imagination and creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Self-expression </li></ul>
  9. 9. Asana Practice Fun & Games <ul><li>Each Topic </li></ul><ul><li>is experienced through a </li></ul><ul><li>practice of </li></ul><ul><li>Topic-specific asanas (postures) </li></ul><ul><li>Breathing techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Relaxation and meditation </li></ul>Having fun with Yoga, children learn the importance of daily practice, proper breathing, and relaxation. Love for Yoga helps them to find inner peace, balance, joy, and love for life.
  10. 10. Fun With Asana 1 st Grade Children at 112 th Street Elementary School
  11. 11. Fun With Asana 2 nd Grade Children at 112 th Street Elementary School
  12. 12. Fun With Asana 3rd Grade Children at 112 th Street Elementary School
  13. 13. Fun With Asana 4 th Grade Children at 112 th Street Elementary School
  14. 14. Play Yoga Children love to practice Yoga while having fun - Indoors or Outdoors - In Pairs or in Groups Pair Boat Walking Wheel Barrel Tree “Forest” Belly Breathing
  15. 15. Sequencing or Vinyasa Triangle/Warrior II VINYASA As children learn all program’s asanas they can use their imagination putting a variety of asanas into their own harmonious sequence or a pantomime story.
  16. 16. Each Segment Ends With <ul><li>Relaxation, a guided meditation, or chanting </li></ul><ul><li>Review the five food groups </li></ul><ul><li>Home work assignment review </li></ul>
  17. 17. Relaxation <ul><li>After each Yoga practice, </li></ul><ul><li>children enjoy a quite moment </li></ul><ul><li>in </li></ul><ul><li>Relaxation, a guided meditation </li></ul><ul><li>or in </li></ul><ul><li>chanting – ending with </li></ul><ul><li>Namaste </li></ul><ul><li>“ The light in me bows </li></ul><ul><li>to the light in you.” </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a new day…. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Five Food Groups Review <ul><li>Children learn </li></ul><ul><li>through games, songs, and fun activities </li></ul><ul><li>the essential five food groups and </li></ul><ul><li>their lighter healthier equivalents </li></ul><ul><li>the importance of choosing a variety of foods </li></ul><ul><li>how to eat, what to eat, and how much to eat </li></ul><ul><li>how to create and follow easy to make recipes </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of daily exercise </li></ul>Yoga practice makes it easier to crave lighter foods
  19. 19. Home Yoga Assignment <ul><li>Asana practice </li></ul><ul><li>Topic assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Making smart food choices </li></ul><ul><li>Mandala coloring </li></ul>
  20. 20. Developmental Enhancement Center Yoga for Happy Kids Offers Programs for Children, Teachers, and Parents For More Information Please Call 310. 745. 0956 or e-mail [email_address]

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