Kids' yoga - the Katie way
“Doing yoga allows children to exercise, play, connect more deeply with their inner selves and develop an honest relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. What’s not to love? Children have a beautiful playful inner light, and it’s incredible to see this inner light shine through.”
Katie Chandler, the yoga teacher at the Push Summer Camp explains the importance of kids' yoga.
“Why should children do yoga? Yoga presented in a child's language can help counter the stress experienced by them living in a fast-paced world. Our children live a life filled with busy parents, hormones, technology, school pressures and competitive sports. We usually don't think of these influences as stressful for our kids, but often they are. The crazy pace of our children's lives can have a profound effect on their innate joy and usually not for the better.
My intention for kids' yoga focuses on creating happy minds and healthy bodies. In little people’s yoga, we use interactive sequences, arts and crafts, and intentional games to build mindfulness, strength, flexibility, balance and confidence. In this playful practice, we aim to cultivate focus, introduce coping mechanisms through breathing techniques and meditation to calm and balance the nervous system. Within that space they can discover themselves, foster cooperation and compassion, learn to respect themselves, others and all creatures of our planet and let go in a safe, non-competitive and nurturing environment.”
Katie's own journey started with an interest in health and well being that drew her to the realms of nutrition, anatomy, and exercise before stumbling on yoga thanks to YouTube. That turned out to be a revelation, and what followed was yoga certification in Cape Town, then a 200 hour yoga training in alignment-based Vinyasa from Wellness Connection, a 50 kids' yoga training from Yogalini, and aerial yoga training from the Yoga Mala. Katie brings those skills to the Push Summer Camp where the kids enjoy yoga as the perfect physical and mental preparation for climbing. As well as gracing the Push Summer Camp Katie can be found teaching adults the joys of aerial yoga at Ha's Boutique Yoga Studio, 204 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, ward 6, district 3.
Climbing and kids’ well being are more closely linked than you might think. As well as teaching kids confidence and climbing skills our Summer Camps, like our adult climbing courses, are all about creating a comfortable, relaxed, safe, space to grow in.
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