Yoga with children, or how we began to practice Ashtanga together | Yoga Teacher Training India

Yoga with children, or how we began to practice Ashtanga together | Yoga Teacher Training India

Yoga with children, or how we began to practice Ashtanga together | Yoga Teacher Training India

Yoga with children has not always been practiced in my home. Here’s the story of how it started:

Yoga with children has not always been practiced in my home. Here’s the story of how it started: I practice Ashtang Yoga for almost 4 years. First, I attended classes, then Mysore style classes, the next stage was starting my own practice at home. And then it began! It turned out that finding time for yourself (quite an hour and a half an day) and a quiet place in your own home is a huge problem!

Especially when you have two small children, running a home, work, sometimes even work at home … It’s easier to buy a yoga studio pass and tell your family twice a week that I’m going out to work out. Easier, however, is not better!

Nothing, I tried. I still try.

Yoga Teacher Training India Yoga with children

Own practice with the family on the back of the neck

Morning. Wake up at 6.30 at the latest. We have an hour to prepare and a half hour to deliver children and commute. Butt So that I can work out, I have to get up at 5.00 in the morning. I tried. Maybe twice … I got up after five, stiff body. I did Sun Greetings and I was wet. Shower and wake up children. It turned out that we don’t have enough time.

I started practicing in the evening or afternoon. When the kids had classes, or just when my husband could do me some work.

Where is Mom?

What is mom doing?

I can look?

Why are you doing this?

It does not hurt?

I also want it like that!

When I heard this, after a time of being hooked, shivering, hanging on my back, attempts to pass under me, above me … the light came on. Like in a cartoon. Bingo!

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Yoga Teacher Training India Yoga with children

We started exercising together. Everyone, even with my husband

It was really fun and fun.

We spread the mats together in the room in front of our large mirror. The children saw each other in different positions, made faces and fooled around.

Positions of the Dog with his head up , Dog with his head down , the slopes usually came out without a problem.

Even in Lotos (Padmasana) my daughter sat down right away, while my son had a bit of a problem with it. He loves the Warrior (Virabhadrasana) and backward roll (Cakrasana), daughter – Candle (Salamba Sarvangasana).

I watched them and wondered how to enable them to feel what Ashtanga Yoga gives ? Rhythm, combination of movement and breath (vinyasa), breath awareness, energy, heat, purification and this meditative pulse …

Is it even possible for children aged five, seven, eight to experience this?

Can children practice Ashtanga at all ?

How to do it so that it is interesting and effective for them?

Once again, I analyzed the First Ashtanga Series , but in terms of the possibility for my children to make it. The problem is that it is too long, asanas can be too difficult.

I developed the first shortened and simplified scenario …

Yoga Teacher Training India Yoga with children

My first Ashtanga session script with … children! You try?

We start by paying attention to the breath.

We sit cross-legged and talk. What do you do everyday? What do you do all the time? We focus attention on the breath. Inhale, exhale through your nose. We align their length. We count to 3, to a maximum of 5.

We put our hands on the stomach, then on the breasts thanks to which children can place their breath. Feel the difference between abdominal and thoracic breathing. We add sound to breathing.

Then we sit in the Lion Position . Inspiration. We’re changing into a roaring lion. Exhale with the tongue sticking out to the chin and a snarling sound. Children are amused. We do this several times.

We get up on our knees. Arms and legs bent at the knees keep the body on the floor. We accept Cat Position .

Inhale: we round the back up. Breathing out – we lower the belly down making a boat from the back. We add the sound of loud inhalation and “softness” when exhaling.

Full freedom of sound. It is important that children understand the combination of breath and movement. Inhale – upward movement, exhale – downward movement. We introduce counting, i.e. ONE – INHALATION – the command: ROUND THE BACK HIGH UP! We stimulate, activate and add positive energy. It is primarily fun, during which we make children aware of the function and existence of breath.

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Yoga Teacher Training India Yoga with children

From the position of the Dog with the head down, we jump with our feet between our hands. We breathe out and incline to the legs. Inhale, we rise. Then we jump. We jump for a few seconds. Up, down, up. Freely. We add hand movement up and down to the jumps. It looks similar to a puppet.

We are slowly entering positions from Sun Greeting A (Surya Namaskar A ) closely related to breath. Inhale – we raise our hands up. We can do it with children for two breaths, so that they all manage to stretch up and feel stretching.

Exhale – we lower our head to the legs, hands to the floor.

Loose, free. Let’s compare this to the balloon from which the air descends.

Then we perform all positions of the Sun Greetings.

Children like jumping backwards and forwards. Let’s do it with them. In Dog with head up let’s stay a bit longer, let’s stretch out even more!

Let’s call, let them stimulate them! When breathing out, sometimes add a sound to make them laugh. Let’s repeat the sequence at least three times. Over time, we will manage to do it five times, but let’s not discourage children.

Let’s remember that it’s fun.

From Greeting to the Sun B (Surya Namaskar B) the most attractive moment for children is the position of the Warrior (Virabhadrasana) . Let’s stop here for five breaths.

Let’s count loudly, motivate compared to the hero who conquers the top of the mountains.

It worked a lot for my children. With this idea they persevered and wanted to position themselves well in this asana. So far, we have been able to perform the Greeting to the Sun B twice. Next time we will try to reach three …

The next positions we can enter are the Triangle (Utthita Trikonasana) , standing on one leg, the transition to sitting positions, Dandasana , Pascimattanasana.

Not too much, but also diversity. We need to feel the participants’ moods and how much strength they have.

We gave us such a mini Ashtanga Kids, i.e. yoga with children took an hour. Perfectly!

Let’s not forget about the most important – relaxation.

What do you think? It is worth a try? I will write about this and other scenarios of activities with children soon, but first I am waiting for a comment from you below!

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