Deciding to teach your children yoga can be exciting. It can also seem a little daunting if you have a high energy child or one that doesn’t want to stay still for very long. Figure out the routines and teachings that you want to do ahead of time so you don’t have to keep them waiting. This can be very fun and can increase the bond that you two share. It is also a good way to get in some exercise. Before beginning with your child, considering doing your own routine and meditation before you bring them in so that you can get yourself grounded and in a more patient state of mind.
Always have fun
If you two aren’t having fun then there is no way that the practice will be successful. Keep in mind that they won’t do everything you say and they may be wiggle worms. This is part of the experience though. Overtime you will learn what they enjoy doing more and what flows might bore them. Remember the positive outcomes that come along with a yoga practice and use this mental image to get you through the trying times ahead.
Go with intention
Figure out what you want your goal to be when you are dedicating some yoga time with your children. There energy will be entirely different from your own and it can be hard to get them to sit still and to listen to what needs to be done. Figure out what you want to get out of the class. Even if your intention is to be patient rather than to actually teach, you can achieve this. It can make the lesson more enjoyable as well when you aren’t being hard on yourself.
Create a theme
When you are teaching your children yoga thinks bout what else you are teaching them. You are teaching them to become grounded and to focus on the present. Use this time to tell them about your own insecurities and how they are ok so that they don’t feel alone in them. This can make it more meaningful to them while also expanding the lesson that they learn.
Make some rules
The best way to make sure that your kids know what is expected of them is to make sure that you have laid out some rules. If they know the rules they know what they need to do and what they shouldn’t be doing. It also makes it easier to keep them in line if they are especially full of energy. Always have consequences for the rules as well so your children will know you mean business what it is time to do yoga.
When it is time for the meditation part of your yoga routine, don’t skip it just for your children. If anything children can benefit from taking some time to meditate. It can teach them valuable skills that can get them ahead in life. If you want to you can take this time to talk about stress coping skills or how to work out a difficult problem. Teaching your children yoga isn’t limited to just different positions.