Children's Yoga Camp Dates: August 22-26th
For children ages 7 & up, tweens & teens welcome! All yoga experience levels welcome!
Yoga is very beneficial for children's overall health and development. While the emphasis is upon mobility and agility for the younger ages, gradually the postures are improved and perfected. Join us for a daily quickly-paced playful class of yoga asanas (postures), yoga story time about sages, postures, and ethical precepts of yoga (yama and niyama) that will enrich children's understanding and experience of the background of yoga followed by an art and writing activities that will reinforce learning of the sanskrit (the language of classical yoga, which is taught and practiced in the yoga asana class) and english translations of the classical yoga posture names and elements of the names. The class will close with some restorative yoga postures and a chant in Sanskrit to come full circle. We will also learn and practice poses that are soothing for stomachaches, headaches, and much more! Stress reduction is learned through practicing relaxation and poses that help strengthen and tone the nervous system. Other poses help with balancing the glandular systems for optimal development. Practicing yoga postures helps improve posture, promote healthy development, balanced mind and emotions, and cultivate a positive outlook.
Daily Schedule Plan:
2:00 - 2:45 pm yoga asana class
2:45 - 3:15pm break, snack & clean up
3:15 - 3:30 pm Story time: stories about the yoga postures, yoga sages, and ethical behaviors (yama and niyama)
3:30 - 3:50pm Art/Writing Activity There will be two activities to choose from each day. Both activities will reinforce understanding the names of poses and connecting them to the meaning. Some basic yoga philosophy may be introduced: such as learning the names of the yamas/niyamas (ethical behaviors such as non-violence, honesty, non-acquisitiveness..., especially as related to the story that we read that day.)
3:50 - 4:00pm Closing short restorative yoga practice and closing chant.
The Iyengar Yoga Center of Grand Rapid's Children's classes (especially for children ages 7 & up, tweens & teens welcome!), is modeled on the children's yoga program taught at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, and based on curriculum written by Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar.
$95/ 1st child; $85/2nd & + child/family
About the Instructor:
Jennifer Beaumont is an Intermediate Jr. 1 Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT). She holds a B.A. from University of Michigan, and also completed postgraduate work in secondary education at Aquinas College. She is a mother of two children and has been practicing & studying Iyengar yoga since her teen years. She began a pilot teen yoga program at City High School in 2005 and at Yoga Studio in 2006, and Yoga on the Hill in 2007-2008. She taught kids yoga at Yoga on the Hill from 2007 - 2008. In 2007, She attended two months of intensive study and practice at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, where she observed the children's classes weekly.
policies: We need a minimum of 8 participants to run the week long camp, so please tell your friends! Tuition is 100% refundable if camp week is cancelled due to lack of enrollment. For other cancellations, tuition will be refunded, minus $20 service fee if before May 30, 2016, and credit for classes after that date.