Child’s Pose

Toronto’s chillest kinder­gart­ners on liv­ing the yoga life

Toronto Life - - The 2018 Self-Care Guide -

is ev­ery­where. There are classes in aquar­i­ums and brew­eries. There’s Harry Pot­ter– and Drake-themed yoga. And if you drive to Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake, you can do down­ward dog with goats. So it should come as no sur­prise that some schools are in­cor­po­rat­ing yoga into their cur­ricu­lum. At David Hor­nell Ju­nior School in Mim­ico, four- and five-year-olds in Kelly Wen­zel’s kin­der­garten class do a post–rest pe­riod yoga ses­sion a few times a week. They fol­low along with Cos­mic Kids Yoga, a video se­ries on YouTube that teaches kids about mind­ful­ness while im­prov­ing strength, flex­i­bil­ity and bal­ance, all through in­ter­ac­tive sto­ries. And ev­ery ses­sion starts and ends with a “na­maste.” We paid a visit to see the pint-size prac­ti­tion­ers in ac­tion and asked what yoga means to them.

“Yoga makes me feel strong and good!”

“Yoga makes me feel happy. And I like balanc­ing.”

“Yoga makes me strong—and it makes me so, so, so, so fast!”

“If I made up my own pose, I’d call it the funny flamingo!”

“Do­ing yoga makes me feel healthy and re­laxed.”

“If I could in­vent a yoga pose it would be called the cuckoo pose.”

“I don’t re­ally like yoga… but the boat pose is easy.”

“My favourite yoga is Frozen yoga. My favourite poses are the Frozen poses.”

ten­zin, 4

nyla, 4

BaI­ley, 5

ocean, 4

Jack­son, 5

nIc, 4

Jas­mIn, 3

Izzy, 5

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