EARLY LEARNING CENTRES
Calm, resilient and confident children
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga can help instil a sense of calmness on children and help them develop a positive self-image. Yoga provides children with tools and techniques to help them deal with issues caused by the daily demands and pressures from our modern lives.
Yoga can also help enhance children’s flexibility and strength and refine their balance and co-ordination.
Ideal for 1 – 2 years olds. A 15 min session designed to introduce children to yoga through the use of simple yoga poses. Classes also involve some singing, dancing and use of fun yoga props. Children are introduced to simple breathing exercises, with the class ending in a beautiful relaxation.
Perfect for just before nap times or just before going home!
Ideal for 2 – 3 years olds. A 30 min session where yoga poses are explored through themes and stories. Stories can be based on themes that the centre may be exploring, such as Mother’s Day, ANZAC Day, Reconciliation Week or on popular children’s books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Wombat Stew or the Cranky Bear.
Classes also involve some singing and dancing - your wellness and music program all in one!! Fun and interesting yoga props are used, specifically for breathing exercises. Each class ends with a well-deserved relaxation and foot massage.
Ideal for 3 - 5 years olds. A 30 - 45 min session, similar to a pre-kinder session where yoga poses are used to explore curricular themes and story books. Classes now include partner and group yoga poses, group massage, as well as yoga games. Classes also start to introduce some mindfulness activities.
Breathing exercises still utilise the use of props, however the focus is now slightly longer. Relaxation is also slightly longer and may include a short meditation.
Tools and techniques used in these classes, such as those for self regulating emotions can be useful as the children transition to school.
Family yoga is the perfect opportunity to get the parents involved! Perfect for forming and maintaining the educators' and centre's relationship with the children's family! This creates a welcoming environment for parents and educators to collaborate together. After all, children thrive when families and educators work together in partnership to support the children's learning.
Family yoga is perfect for those special occasions such as Mother's Day, Grandparent's Day, Family Week, Children's Week, Father's Day or any other events that the centre may be exploring.
Family yoga can also help with building a community in and around the centre. It helps families meet other families that they wouldn't otherwise meet during the busy routine of drop offs and pick ups.
Classes involve partner yoga poses, group yoga poses, breathing exercises, games, massage, and relaxation. Most poses are done within the family unit to help enhance connection within the family, with others done as a whole group.
Yoga for Educators
Being an educator can be quite stressful. The more we look after our own physical and mental wellbeing, the more we are able to give to the beautiful children under our care. As they say - "you can't give from an empty cup".
So why not show your appreciation to your hard working educators by rewarding them with a relaxing yoga class? Classes can be held in the centre - at the end of the day or during staff meetings. Smaller classes can also be held at shorter intervals during the day to ensure your educator / child ratio is maintained at all times. For example, 3 x 15 mins classes during lunch breaks.
Yoga classes can also be used to help with team bonding. Where this is the aim, the class will involve fun partner and group yoga poses. Expect plenty of fun and laughter, finishing up with a well deserved relaxation.
For more information on any of our services and how you can incorporate our program into your centre, please don't hesitate to contact us.