What is Namaste Kids?
Namaste Kids was created in Benenden, Kent in May 2014. Its owner and teacher is Hayley Sanderson.
Hayley says: “After practising yoga for over 6 years I decided to venture back into the “real world” I am a full time mother to two beautiful girls and had given up a career in management within the travel industry in order to raise them. As they are now getting older I felt it was time to do something for myself. I decided to combine my loves of yoga and children to become a children’s yoga instructor. I studied with Yoga Bananas which is a Yoga Alliance recognised school and as soon as my training was complete I started teaching.
“My first class was a real eye opener; my idea of children floating in to yoga serene and calm was quickly shattered. At the end of that first class I was ready to reconsider my decision and would have given it all up if it hadn’t been for one 10 year old boy came up to me and thanked me for the class. He said he had loads of fun and his Mum signed him up there and then for the rest of the term. Since that class I have never looked back.
“I am proud to say I still teach that 10 year old boy and really enjoy sharing yoga with children aged from 2 years through to 11 years in the seven classes I currently run each week. This August I am training to become a Teen Yoga Instructor and I am really looking forward to adding teen classes to my timetable. Teens have so much stress, anxiety and pressure put on them in this modern fast paced world and I will be able to provide an antidote through yoga.”
Why Kids Yoga?
I know there are many choices already available to parents for extra-curricular classes including gymnastics, swimming, football and dance; so why choose yoga?
Yoga for kids is a fun way to develop important skills in a non-competitive environment. It is easy for girls and boys to become overly self-critical and to lose confidence in themselves as they grow and change. Yoga is a great remedy. There is no judgement in a yoga class about how a child does a yoga pose or plays a game. It is not the aim of the class to have a child do a perfectly aligned yoga pose and this way of thinking helps to nurture a child’s inner strength and self-acceptance.
There are many health benefits of yoga including
1. Maintaining strength and stamina
2. Improving the immune system
3. Exploring creativity and imagination
4. Improving memory and concentration
5. Teaching respect
6. Reduces stress and anxiety
7. Improving sleep
Namaste Kids teaches yoga in a fun and accessible way through the use of stories, songs and games.
Yoga = Fun.
People speak about the importance of health and exercise, the importance of education and the importance of discipline… but what about the importance of fun? Fun is an element in adults’ lives, and even in kids’ lives, that is often neglected and dismissed as unimportant. But fun has lots of benefits:
• It makes you happy! …and therefore healthy! Woo-Hoo! Endorphins!
• It provides a much safer environment to learn in, as opposed to fear
• It helps to release tension
• It creates space to explore and release unprocessed emotions
• While having fun, because fun always involves interaction with other people, we learn to play, communicate and live under certain basic rules of mutual respect… which is the only way to keep the fun going!
So come on, have some fun!