Its Okay, Its Just The Changing Moon
A lesson on how teaching kids self-love through Yoga is beneficial for developing brains
So, here we are in the Gibbous moon entering Virgo, and nearing the end of the waxing cycle. What this means is, the full moon is coming. Why is this important, and how does it pertain to teaching my kids yoga? Following the moon is helpful in giving us insight into our emotions, and our children’s emotions as well. If your child has been highly emotional lately if their expressive or more introverted and has been shut in there is going to be a break in the clouds soon. With the burgeoning moon on the horizon it will bring a release of emotions and break throughs. Now is the time to set intentions with your kiddos and yourself and set new goals with practicing self-love.
As practitioners, we know that Yoga teaches us self-love and self-belief. We must work through emotional and mental difficulties to progress, and our progress ebbs and flows like the ocean. It seems with each new accomplishment we stumble somewhere else in our practice- even if its in terms of taking Yoga off the mat. I firmly believe that the Yoga we practice off the mat is what matters the most in implementing our physical practice on the mat.
As parents, this can be tough when it comes to our growing children to find the balance. To incorporate good values and lessons in life while giving them a physical outlet to provide energy release through play. Why not try implementing life lessons in with your Yoga play?
Being a Kids Yoga Instructor through Ignite Yoga has it challenges. Some days all the kids are talking to you at once, and its hard to get your thoughts together. Some kids will decide they don’t want to participate that day, or there are tears, or it’s a highly emotional day and it’s a messy class. That’s okay if that’s what your own Yoga practice with your kids look like, and here’s why:
Neuroscientist Alex Korb, Ph. D states:
“As a neuroscientist, despite my initial incredulity, I came to realize that yoga works not because the poses are relaxing, but because they are stressful. It is your attempts to remain calm during this stress that create yoga's greatest neurobiological benefit.”
Imagine having this great secret you found that helps you with life and benefits you physically. You’ve read or heard that there is science behind the benefits, and you have personally been impacted by practicing this secret…why keep it to yourself? Share with your children. Sure, depending on the age and stage of development your child is in it may sound easier than done, but trust me not all kids in my Yoga classes want to be there. There parents signed them up and they are strictly abiding their parents wishes. However, even those that I know don’t want to be there I have experienced some magical moments of them learning something new or a laugh here and there when we make mistakes.
This is what motivates me to keep trying with my own kids, and with my kids’ classes. Even on tough days when it doesn’t seem like they are hearing anything I say. I know the benefits, the science, and have experienced it personally. Making waves by being who we and they are is fine, the moon does it all the time. If all kids did Yoga from a young age up it is my personal belief that there would be more healthy adults in life with powerful coping mechanisms and endless self-love that the world would be an even more amazing place to live and be in.
Keep Calm, and Yoga On.
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