What is it?
Yoga is a form of exercise which is about 5,000 years old. The word 'yoga' means 'to unite'. It is a union of the body (physical exercise), mind and breath (mindfulness).
Yoga was designed to empower self respect, health and happiness. Yoga combines physical movements (poses/postures) with deep, slow breathing and a focused calm mind.
Yoga for Children
Traditional yoga is adapted by Sara to suit the needs of children. As yoga postures are mainly based on nature (e.g. tree, down dog, and cat poses), they appeal to children's creative minds. The physical poses become part of various stories, team and partner games. The mindfulness breathing and focusing of the mind aspects of yoga are made playful and fun with the use of a variety of props, activities and games.
How I explain yoga to children:
"Yoga is a type of exercise that makes your whole body strong - not just your muscles, but also your brain and your heart!"
"Yoga is a very old science that helps our bodies to be strong and stretchy and our minds to be happy and peaceful."
"Yoga makes your heart happy and healthy, your body strong and stretchy and your mind marvellous!"
"A long time ago, in a far, far away country called India, some people who lived in the mountains, forests and caves noticed how animals and nature lived together in harmony. They copied the shapes of the natural world to exercise their bodies."