If you are looking for an intense work out, this is not the yoga class for you. Many yoga classes out there focus on giving the student a vigorous exercise routine. If and when a student decides to practice yoga to gain physical fitness, they must first know how to do the poses correctly and safely. Although yoga is promoted as a safe practice, studies have shown that students risk serious injury when participating in classes beyond their ability. Even experienced yogis have suffered physical damage from over doing it.
Little Yogis' studio provides a calm, relaxing atmosphere where students can practice their yoga postures and learn new poses. Our yoga classes focus on a static series of traditional poses, taking time with each position to achieve correct alignment and posture. Yoga here is not about ego, or rushing to master the next asana. Rather students are encouraged to have a humble approach, to accept their own limitations, and modify poses to accommodate individual ability and skill.
Yoga is about becoming aware of how the body, breath, mind, and emotions are interconnected. To achieve this we have to be quiet and listen, be still in our poses. This is not something that comes easily to many students, but it can be learned and improved upon over time. Little Yogis hopes to create a place where students can take a break from the busyness of life, to become self aware, and to learn how to be still. It is a special time for parent and child to slow down, be present with each other, and reconnect.
Often the challenges and struggles we encounter each day can begin to weigh heavy on our shoulders. Literally. As the day progresses we may begin to slouch, hunch over, and slump. Posture is important for good health and Mountain pose is a beneficial practice for standing up straight. With feet grounded to the Earth, body elongated and aligned, shoulders rolled back into their natural position opening the chest and heart, crown of the head rising toward the sky, the body is in position to begin the standing yoga poses. The body should feel taller, balanced, and strong. Mountain pose provides a solid foundation and the stability needed to help overcome the little daily defeats of life.
At Little Yogis we allow students to find the pose that is perfect for them, right now. We encourage students to move in many different ways; adjusting positions and modifying poses to respect individual ability. Some children will try every pose, some may only try a few. Our goal is to create a safe place where children can explore yoga, without pressure to get into perfect position. As with any endeavor, over time students will improve their practice, moving into positions and poses that are perfect for themselves.