Lit­tle ones learn the yoga ba­sics at kindy

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Ev­ery Wed­nes­day is yoga day for the chil­dren and staff at Cen­tral Kids Kinder­garten Hazelmere.

Yoga teach­ers Re­nee Page and Di John­ston, from Te Awa­mutu stu­dio Yoga & Oils, run an op­tional weekly yoga class at the kinder­garten.

The 20-minute ses­sion uses nar­ra­tive tech­niques to teach ba­sic moves like the tree pose and the down­ward-fac­ing dog.

Re­nee says the moves are mostly based on sto­ries about na­ture, weather and an­i­mals.

“We keep it re­ally sim­ple with­out any spir­i­tual as­pects.”

“The moves bring a lit­tle bit of still­ness into their world.”

Kinder­garten head teacher Tina Singh says yoga is a won­der­ful skill for the chil­dren to learn.

“It teaches mind­ful­ness and al­lows the chil­dren to slow down, re­lax and feel safe.”

“This skill helps them cope when things get stress­ful and pres­sured.”

Tina says the chil­dren em­brace the class, lis­ten and fol­low in­struc­tions.

“They leave the class feel­ing calm and carry that feel­ing with them for the day.”

Tina says she is grate­ful to Re­nee and Di for vol­un­teer­ing their time.

Photo / Bethany Rolston

The op­tional 20-minute ses­sion uses nar­ra­tive tech­niques to teach ba­sic yoga moves.

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