EARLY LEARNING CENTRES
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 has been proven to be an effective modality in managing children's mental health and wellbeing.
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.
Kinder / Pre-school Yoga
Ideal for 4 - 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, as well as yoga games. Classes also start to introduce some mindfulness activities and kids yoga therapy poses.
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.
Yoga and School Readiness
Yoga can help children develop the appropriate skills required for optimal learning in school.
Self confidence- Yoga teaches children how to love themselves so that they may learn to treat the world and others with love. Yoga encourages children to let go and accept, it helps them focus while improving their flexibility, coordination and strength.
Self regulation and emotional development - Yoga teaches children to focus and concentrate. It also teaches children how to identify their emotions and teaches them techniques on how to manage these emotions.
Receptive language - Yoga teaches children how to follow verbal instructions on how to perform yoga poses and follow class rules. With time, children develop body awareness and learn how to coordinate their body to achieve the yoga pose in line with the instructions.
Expressive language - Our yoga classes are interactive, where we ask the children questions. These helps develop their communication skills.
Social Skills - Our yoga classes includes partner and group yoga poses and activities. This encourages the development of social skills in children.
Gross motor skills - Yoga encourages development of body awareness. It helps build good core, back, legs and arms strength. It helps develop co-ordination, balance and flexibility.
Independence - Our yoga classes follows a routine - warm up, breathing, yoga poses, games, relaxation. As the children gets used to the routine and the poses, they start to develop independence, requiring less assistance and prompting.
ELC Family Yoga
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. For more info, go to the family yoga tab.