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April 7, 2008 - 2:48 pm
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Does anyone have any ideas about organizing Mommy and Me Yoga Classes? We are getting a lot of requests, but we teach adults only at this point, so any input would be appreciated.

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April 26, 2008 - 7:43 pm
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Organize Yoga practice to your children with a local yoga studio, church group, school, or pre-school.

There are many options for kids to learn yoga with family members.

Try setting up a Mommy and Me Yoga group for like-minded parents who know about the positive value of yoga and for those patents who are interested.

You can split them into two basic groups (3-6 and 7-12) and schedule yoga classes for both. We should also try to etablish Yoga as a physical education activity in our kids schools. Kids will learn to focus instead of labeling them as ADHD.

Namaste

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May 1, 2008 - 2:45 pm
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Namaskar,

It is interesting to read that parents want Mommy and Me Yoga classes. You see, some yoga teachers had the opposite experience with parents. One example is parents who didn't see a value in yoga and had to be sold into the idea.

Some parents are "tough payers." The same type of tough payer doesn't like to pay day care, dance schools, karate class, or her phone bill. This is frustrating for tough paying parents and yoga teachers because neither one is a good match.

How do yoga teachers find appreciative students?

Offer your services to educated people. Sorry, but only a fool would neglect his or her health. Why should you have to sell the idea of good health?

Don't waste your time on the ignorant, they will never see the light. All your talk about the benefits of yoga is wasted, if you are talking to a mule.

Peace,

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Sounds like a bad hair day to me! But you hit the nail on the head about good health. If a person sees scratch tickets, beer, and cigarettes as a priority; you can never convince them about the value of good health.

It's like selling a vacuum cleaner to someone who lives in a mud hut.

So, you have a point - Yoga teachers have to reach out to those who have a brain. The brainless do not see a value in good health.

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Namaskar,

Here is some food for thought.

Have you noticed that our students are some of the most educated people, within our geographic areas.

It is no accident, when people, who take care of their health, are educated.

However, this does not mean we should give up on those who are less fortunate?

Yoga teachers are public educators, and some people will not see the value of good health, unless we point it out to them.

Om Shanti,

Paul

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I know you teach yoga classes for mommy and me groups, but the greater message of yogic philosophy is being watered down by all these fads. The Sanskrit word yoga has many meanings, and is derived from the Sanskrit root "yuj", meaning "to control", or "to unite". These concepts cannot be taught to toddlers! Translations include "joining", "uniting", "union", "conjunction", and "means". It is also possible that the word yoga derives from "yujir samadhau," which means "contemplation" or "absorption." This translation fits better with the dualist Raja Yoga because it is through contemplation that discrimination between prakrti (nature) and purusha (pure consciousness) occurs. My feeling is practicing yoga with children, dogs, cats and cows is wasted energy.

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Hi Folks,

Just bringing this thread back full circle to the concept of Mommy and me!

Yoga for Toddlers

Picture this scene: a mother in her living room with a yoga mat and a DVD going, trying to flow into focused yoga poses while her 18-month old clings to her leg during balance pose and tries climbing her back during downward dog. Mother makes it half way through the series, falling once and stopping often, encouraging her toddler to pose with her rather than on her. Then she gives up, turns the television off and pours the child a sippy cup of juice.

As thousands of mothers across the United States can tell you, trying to practice yoga with a toddler around is no easy feat. But that is just one of the reasons studios have developed classes that invite toddlers and young preschoolers to yoga sessions. Depending on the class and the age of the children, moms who stay with their toddlers may not be able to get much exercise, but they can expect to have fun with their children, working with them to stretch and move into poses that strengthen little bodies and improve flexibility. Many moms prefer to help teach their young ones yoga poses, but some studios allow mothers to take their own yoga class while experienced instructors work with the toddlers.

Young Toddlers

For classes with young toddlers between the ages of one and two or so, the big challenge will be getting kids' attention and helping them move through poses. Young ones this age are probably not developed enough to do balance poses, and most eagerly get into a pose and then just as eagerly jump out of it, ready to do something new.

The upside to this age is that one and two-year-olds are very interested in doing what others are doing, especially if their fellow toddlers are doing it, too. Thus, if the instructor can make each pose fun and brief, incorporating games and songs and stories, toddlers will follow along.

Older Toddlers

Older toddlers, between the ages of two and four or so, have better motor development and increased physical strength and are therefore able to practice more yoga poses and hold them for longer than their younger counterparts. They are also as eager as the young toddlers to imitate their peers and have developed some cognitive reasoning skills like the concepts of waiting, cause and effect, and cooperation, which can facilitate better behavior.

While toddlers obtain physical and mental benefits from practicing yoga, if instructors and parents can make it fun for their toddlers, engaging creative as well as physical attentions, then maybe, just maybe, that young mother can go home and practice yoga alongside her child rather than try it only to end up as a jungle gym.

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Are these classes working to help young children? What is the Best Age for Children to Start Yoga?  We all have a fair clue that yoga is the most advantageous physical activity for people of all age group. It just not only helps an individual to relax but also benefits in several other ways. However question that arises after reading the above statement; is yoga holds same significance for children too? Children are considered as our future and it is very important for the future to be turned into a well rounded individual and to be healthy.

Nowadays children are engrossed in computer and other technologies such as XBOX and PSP, preferred not to play outside or lack physical activity. They like staying at home mostly which has lead to laziness and unhealthiness more importantly it has made diseases like diabetes and poor eyesight more common in kids. Majority of children these days wear glasses and are prone to illness because of unhealthy life style they lead. World has turned into a competitive place where everything is a race and in such a competitive environment it is essential for kids to prepare themselves from the start and yoga is recommended as the best way to kick start the practice.

Adults fight stress in different ways, stress is not just for adults but kids encounter stress too for example they have to face competition, handle the peer pressure and meet their parent expectation and for children this call for a stressful situation. We all are aware of numerous benefits of yoga as it provides support to all systems of our body, also proven to leave a positive impact on the mental and creative ability of a child.

The optimum age for children to start yoga is 8 years; at this age bones of the body are still under development as they are soft hence it is very easy for body to adopt changes and can adapt to flexibility becomes easier. At the age of 8 air sacs of lungs in our body stabilize so if we introduce paranayama techniques to kids at this age and incorporate these exercises in their routine will be helpful in strengthen the breathing and respiration process. Even our immune system is completely developed by the time we are 8, so getting children acquainted with poses like sun salutation, cat and cow pose will help in maintaining and enhancing their immune system. Yoga helps in increasing spirituality also and the best age to do that is 8 years by this time learning about morals and ethics can definitely help in the development of the child’s personality by leaving positive effect.

Children can learn a lot from performing different techniques of yoga however it does not mean that parent should force their kids to perform it. When the right age comes the best way to push kids in right direction is by encouraging them to perform yoga for better mental and physical wellness. There is no doubt that every child will flourish and be healthy if yoga becomes the part of their daily routine.

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