Term 1 at the studio has been full of learning about how our bodies work.
Learning new things stimulates the muscle that we think with - when we do that it gets stronger and we learn even more.
We learnt about the different systems in our bodies - respiratory, nervous, digestive, muscles and bones and the organs and how these systems all work together to keep our very complicated selves healthy and happy. We learnt yoga poses to stimulate different systems and how important different healthy habits are for each system.
Lots of adults with highly stressful lives find it very difficult to relax and do nothing. It's alarming to see it in kids too.
What could a 10 year old possibly be stressing about - they're 10! There job is to be a kid, have a go at new things, make mistakes, learn from mistakes and have fun in the process.
An introduction into sharing each system has been to ask the kids to describe or act how their bodies would react if a system was taken away. The lump of jelly without bones was a favourite as was the statue or zombie when the brain was taken away by a click of my fingers.
It was a little harder to impress on them what your body does when it doesn't have a chance to rest and rejuvenate. However they could all relate to "tired and cranky" and then the gates opened.
Feelings of "everything is going wrong today", listless - not knowing if they're hungry or thirsty - coming or going, distracted, easily upset, forgetful, quick to get angry and tired even when they first wake up in the morning. Blurry eyes and the feeling that you're brains all "woolly" were also well related to with the older group.
As we near the end of this 8 week program, today was about how important rest and stillness is.
Stillness for kids can be a real challenge (adults too) - either from discomfort (sitting is hard work when you have no core and back muscles) and the compulsive reaction to fidget and adjust OR the urge to check to see what everyone else is doing.
Some of the kids loved these poses. And the more we did the quicker they were to settle in.
The little kids made themselves a nest of bolsters and blankets and quite content.
Others are already struggling to switch off and do nothing - to just BE in the moment without the need to be 'on'.
'On', as in - with a screen in front of them, a thing to be doing, an obligation to be seen to be doing something.
That's a bit of a worry.
I'm busily planning next term which starts on 24 April (week 2 of the school term) and runs to 22 June (week 9 of the school term) and it's going to be great - all about building confidence and developing a Growth Mindset.
If you would like your little yogi to join us, please email me your details and the age of your child and I'll send more information.
Remember, a person is a person, no matter how small.
Til next month.
Tracey is a knowledgeable yoga instructor and the children look forward to her regular visits. It's amazing to watch the children grow and learn the poses and strategies that she uses. The children are always excited to share what they have learnt and often transfer what they have done that day into other aspects of their play. Educators are using the calming strategies during the day.
Tracey, my daughter loves your yoga classes at day care. I have just watched her attempt to retell a story through yoga. Thoroughly cute! Thanks so much for your thought and effort.