Doing Yoga is not about being the Bendiest person in town :)
Also *not* about doing a full split, a headstand, handstand, arm balances or those fancy shmancy cartwheels.. NO!!!
In the Yoga scriptures the word Yoga literally means "Union". Union of What?
Body, Mind and Breath.
When we perform yoga postures with complete awareness of the sensations and positioning of the body in space (by shutting off the world captured by our senses) and awareness and acceptance of contents of the mind...
When we engage our breath to lead each movement and flow, we are operating in Yoga (Union of body, mind and breath).
If humans start reaping the benefits of this union at an early stage in life (If our Kids do Yoga :) ), they will grow up to be more in tune with their true calm, loving, harmonizing nature and less caught up in their internal mess of thoughts, emotions, prejudices and expectations. So they will struggle less, be more blissful, have beautiful relationships and create fruitful lives!!!
Such a life will be so rewarding and meaningful, it will be gone blissfully in a 'poof'..
While a forcefully structured life, trying to meet standards and benchmarks: will drag on forever, or maybe end prematurely in pain.
For my own practice and for the kids, I aspire to follow the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali
Patanjali's eight-fold path (Ashtanga Yoga) offers guidelines for a meaningful and purposeful life. Here are the 8 parts:
1. Asana (Physical Postures),
2. Pranayama (Breathing techniques),
3. Pratyahara (Turning off Senses)
4. Yama (Ethical Considerations),
5. Niyama (Observances / discipline),
6. Dharana (Concentration),
7. Dhyana (Meditation),
8. Samadhi (Enlightenment)
Our Class is a Super FUN one, tailored to the Ananda (Bliss) of kids per age-group!
A typical class will get the children singing, dancing, skipping, marching, jogging, shaking, saluting the sun, laughing, hopping, limboing, storytelling and story enacting… ALL while practicing authentic Yoga to original KAY music.
Classes are inclusive and offer a complete form of physical exercise in a safe and non-competitive environment.
Each Class will begin and end with a meditation just like a typical day in Yogi’s Life :)
The deep relaxation using visualization will be the Highlight and will ring in the BLISS perfectly :)
Yoga helps kids sleep better, get their homework done sooner and be more confident and joyful individuals!
I don't know about you, But it looks like a win%win to me!!!
This is wonderful yoga class for the kids. Yoga for children are taught in way with fun and the way they understand more (not just poses). It has improved my kids stability and core strength.
Peace begins with me!!! Has a wonderful effect on the kids to bring back their focus.
Thank you so much Taruna. Kids are really enjoying the classes.
I highly recommend Just A Piece Of Life. There are several reasons for it.
1. First and foremost is my son just loves going there, enjoys all the activities and it stays back of his mind he will talks about it or does something he might have done in his camp back at home too.
2. Second thing is: the instructor - she's the most humble, sincere, hard working and expert in coaching healthy living I have ever met. She is certified coach with lots of love for kids and dedication. Shes derived to make the younger generation aware of health habits with not just food for the body but for the mind and brains too.
Just A Piece of Life - tries to give to Just A Peace of life.
Taruna is patient and has a calming effect on the class. She is wonderful with kids especially, engaging them in story telling while working on poses! She talks about mindfulness with such ease it makes the process easier. Definitely recommend Taruna!