This summer, I was blessed to teach K-6 children yoga in the Cincinnati Boys & Girls Club program, helping them have fun as they learned to stretch and calm themselves by focusing on their breathing.
Only a few hands went up Day 1 when I asked who knew what yoga was. Kids wiggled around, paying little attention to my direction. But within weeks they became more coordinated and responsive, enjoying each class’ unique themes and games.
The weeks have progressively filled me with joy. What a thrill to witness their little smiles! Boys & Girls Club staff report some children have asked parents to let them stay after school on Yoga Day! And I overheard one little boy said to another, “I was going to punch my little brother last night, but I took a deep yoga breath instead.”
This YogaJournal article outlines benefits yoga provides children.