During the month of July, I’m excited to offer my Preschool Yoga program through the Early Years Family Centre. The classes will be held at Dr. Hanna Tuesdays at 2:00 and with Alyssa at Miller Thursdays at 10:30. Come with your child to play with the poses and tell stories through movement. We will begin with a dance for the sun (sun salutations), play games, enjoy some of my favourite books and relax together ending with some quiet time.
As an educator, I know the importance of modeling to children appropriate behaviours and, as a mom I have seen the benefits for my own children as they mimic my yoga practice. I encourage parental participation as it allows children to see their parents active and engaged in exploring movement and their bodies. It is also a fun activity to do together, creating a sense of calm, sharing some laughs and practicing relaxation techniques. Parents will leave with a few ideas of how to incorporate poses throughout your day at home to encourage energy or relaxation and creative play.
The Preschool Yoga program offers a fun, non-competitive approach to gaining gross motor awareness and mobility. Some of the benefits for children are that it increases flexibility, develops strength, improved balance, sleep, breathing, raises body-awareness and self-image while reducing stress. Yoga is integrated with adventure stories, games with movement through poses and relaxation techniques which all promote a healthy lifestyle and holistic sense of self.
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Jada has a Bachelor of Education, has completed her Yoga Teacher Training (300-hours) and a specialization in children’s yoga. She continues to deepen her own understanding through a dedicated practice and teaches adult and Kid’s Yoga throughout the city and incorporates yoga and the teachings in her daily family life.