Yoga isn’t just for grown-ups. There are many benefits for little ones too, such as improving balance, strength and coordination, not to mention helping in those moments when parents need to calm the kids down and practically peel them off the ceiling.
Bahrain-based GroovyKids Yoga instructor Catherine Campbell says getting your kids doing even just six simple yoga poses can help. She suggests the Downward Dog, Cobra, Boat, Tree, Warrior and Bridge. “[The poses] improve their overall mind-body awareness,” Campbell tells us.
“The combination of concentration and calmness enhances their ability to relax and reduces stress.”
Campbell explains that children are affected by the speed with which their family conducts daily life. “Therefore, it is really important to be able to give children effective tools to manage stress and anxiety,” she says.
Even if you haven’t had a go on the mat yourself, there is no denying the benefits.
“A yoga class is an inclusive, healthy and non-competitive environment,” Campbell says. “It also increases their confidence.”
In her particular classes, open to children aged three to 12, she teaches how to manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement. Essentially, she says, at GroovyKids Yoga, “we try to host programmes that combine yoga, joy and movement in a fun and innovative way.”
BD5-6. Mondays at MyGym, Seef, and Tuesdays at Twinkle Twinkle, Saar. Classes also held privately. Call Catherine Campbell on 36 22 0949.
Sit straight, bend your legs. Press your hands against the floor behind your back and raise your half-bent legs with your shins parallel to the floor.
Bend the right knee, shifting weight onto the left leg. Turn the right knee to the right wall, while resting the heel against the left leg.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet on the floor. Press your feet and arms firmly into the floor, lift your hips to the ceiling and roll your shoulders back.