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Kids Yoga: It's About Movement!

Updated: Jul 27, 2019

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This week was an exciting one as we launched our new programs in our brand new studio space! Though this space is small, it is big on what counts. We shared this warm and inviting space with so many lovely families this week, introducing their children to the joy of aerial yoga and mindfulness. The response from the community has been overwhelming and I know we are just getting started on what is sure to be an amazing ride! I wanted to share here a little bit more about what we do in order to encourage parents that yes, this is the right space for your child.

Something I heard a lot this week was "I don't think my kid could sit still long enough for that" or "So I think we would have to go run around the park before we came here to get the wiggles out." So, I'd like to clarify a few things.

First off, at some point we got the idea that yoga is just about holding still, but that couldn't be further from the truth. It's about MOVEMENT! Whether adult or child, we spend a good chunk of our day in the same repetitive positions with very little variety to our movement. Yoga gives us an opportunity to explore our full range of movement options, awaken muscles we don't always use, and develop a greater awareness of what our bodies can do!

Secondly, who said that children are meant to hold still?! We ask them to sit still at the dinner table, and in school all day, and while we're waiting in line at Target, and while they're in the backseat of the car being shuffled from here to there. But children are meant to move. It is how they learn about themselves and the world around them. It is our job to give them ample opportunities to move and then TEACH them HOW to be still.

So, we'd be doing quite a disservice if we expected all our little yogis to come to class and be quiet, and still, and on their best behavior. We ask a LOT of kids on a daily basis and at some point they are going to need an outlet to shake their sillies out. Why NOT do it at a yoga class?! This is why I, as a full grown adult, much prefer children's yoga classes. We move, and sing, and have FUN while learning how we can quiet our body when we need to.

To sign your child up for movement programs at Play to Grow, visit our registration page.

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Hey! I'm Christine.

I'm the founder of Play to Grow, a children's yoga studio in Gaithersburg, Maryland. As a pediatric physical therapist and mom, I am passionate about helping children and their families live a life full of movement, mindfulness, and creativity.

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