I was blessed this summer to teach children yoga within the Cincinnati Boys & Girls Club program, helping students K-12 have fun as they learned to stretch, sit still, and calm themselves by focusing on their breathing.
Only a few hands went up on Day 1 when asked if anyone had heard of yoga. Early on, most kids wiggled around, paying little attention to direction. But within weeks they became more coordinated and responsive, enjoying each class’s unique theme and fun yoga games.
Every week progressively filled me with more joy. What a thrill it was to witness their little smiles! Boys & Girls Club staff reported that some children were asking their parents to get them to school on Yoga Day! And one little boy said to another, “I was going to hit my little brother last night but I took a deep yoga breath instead.”
By the end of summer, kids who found it impossible to sit still in the spring were now saying their favorite part of yoga was ending with quiet relaxing. Read this YogaJournal article about the many benefits yoga provides children.