Yoga for children: from what age? What types of lessons and what situations? We tell you everything!

Expert: Martine Giamarinaro, Yoga teacher for adults and children

Can children do yoga? what is it Benefits of this gentle method of personal development ? how to find class or teacher for kids? Answers Martin Gimarinaro, yoga teacher in Paris and author of Yogito and Yogito and the Little Golden Scale, to Editons de l’Homme.

What type of yoga is practiced in children?

“Yoga is a practice that can be perfectly adapted to children,” Exhibits Martine Giammarinaro. It is a gentle exercise, which can please them from an early age thanks to its playful side. ideal? Start with parent-child yoga sessions, which allow you to practice as a family at home.

Any child in kindergarten .. What is the ideal age to practice yoga?

“You just have to adapt to a child’s anatomy and physiology, which are different from those of adults”. In addition to the physical aspects, yoga for kids should also be taken into consideration maturity. This is why a real yoga session can only be considered from the age of 5. “there Yoga for the little oneswhich would not really be so, teacher says. On the other side, from the age of 5And Yoga can be really practiced, and then the kids are old enough to mingle with the other kids and understand the instructions.”

The yoga sessions for children of this age will also be more playful and more happy It is the traditional yoga that we know as adults. “In older children, in adolescence, we approach yoga for adults, by applying the principles philosophical During the sessions such as self-confidence and self-esteem .. in children we will use albums or photo cards To show them situations and get their attention.”

To choose the right course, the teacher recommends parents to go to the RYE Association website, to Research on yoga in education. The association is accredited by the Ministry of National Education. “The association, which has been in place for many years, is a quality guarantee for parents who want to enroll their children with a teacher who will be recommended in this way”, Martine Giammarinaro recommends. Is specific equipment required? ” no, the teacher replied, Yoga postures must be provided by the teacher for the course.” What is the price for a yoga class? According to Martin Gimarnaro,Reviews They vary by region, but in general, for children, their prices remain more reasonable than for courses for adults.”

If you do not want to enroll your child or if you prefer to conduct the sessions at home, it is absolutely possible to get it detailed book It is also clear‘carpet. All you need is a Zen session in the living room or in your child’s bedroom, to implement all poses!

What positions can you do with a child at home?

With the help of a yoga book, you can perform the upside-down dog, cat or cobra pose together.

Cat, cobra and dog poses…Books and their comments will explain it all!

To start, settle into a calm atmosphere with music background Like the sounds of nature or other quiet sounds. Position yourself seated on a rug with your child side by side or face to face. First start doing the exercises breathing, to refocus on yourself. Take a deep breath in through your nose and exhale through your mouth. You can complete this exercise with feather For example, so that the child can see the effect of his breath.

You can start the session with Self-massageOr place your hands on the head, eyes, back of the neck, then the shoulders, back, knees, and down to the ankles.

Once you’ve had that moment of relaxation, it’s time to move on to the poses, detailed with drawings and full descriptions in children’s yoga books.

fan pose

With your child, you can first choose the position of the fan. just whoa, his feet View the pond. Raise your arms in front of you and shake hands, then release your arms along your body.

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cat position

The cat is another popular position for children. You have to wear on all foursand exhale while gradually doing back tour, from the pelvis to the top of the skull. In the second step, inhale while drilling the back from the skull to the pelvis. Repeat the exercise at least three times.

Kids Yoga: Cat Pose

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Dog position facing down

Another popular yoga pose for kids, which they sometimes do naturally, is the dog’s face down. Then the body is formed and V. To do this, you have to sit on all fours, palms well planted in the ground, raise your buttocks while keeping your head relaxed in your arms. take deep breath In this position then relax. This exercise can also be repeated 3 times.

Kids Yoga: Downward facing dog pose

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cobra stand

Finally, the cobra is placed on your stomach. We extend our arms and raise chest. This movement is similar to what babies do spontaneously when placed on their stomachs. To start over three times also.

Yoga for Kids: Cobra Pose

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A session that can last from 15 to 45 minutes depending on the age of the child ends in a moment relaxation and breathe. Lie on your back with your arms slightly extended with your palms facing outward. Breathe calmly and listen I felt feelingsThen grab your knees and rotate your pelvis from right to left before getting up.

Why does your child practice yoga? What are the benefits?

Parents have various reasons for wanting to push their kids to practice yoga, according to Martin Gimarinaro. “Sometimes they do it themselves and introduce them to this practice during Parent-child course “,” teacher says. “But sometimes it’s just trying to calm their baby down, too Very worried, or “unlock” a shy child, or even help a reticent child gain self-confidence … In all cases, the child must adhere to the idea of ​​​​practice, he cannot be forced to do yoga exercises. And then it should be a moment complicity with the father. In any case, the child will benefit from learning to live together and will learn to refocus and breathe, through these yoga lessons and exercises. It’s also a moment of relaxation, and a luxury, to learn improve your focus And get rid of stress.

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