While yoga offers unique advantages for each individual, sometimes it’s more fun to share! Yoga is not only for the individual child. It can be fun with friends and parents too. Yoga Sprouts incorporates many partner poses to challenge and to bond individuals. In this picture, the girls are sitting in Double Flower. Double Flower requires core strength, balance, and flexibility on the part of the individual, but it also necessitates cooperation and builds trust as two people try to hold the pose. These yogis know how to work together!
Today’s sprouts at the YMCA faced quite a challenge - they had some tough poses to attempt. The room was full of wiggles and wobbles as students kept on trying new things. It didn’t matter whether or not they perfected the pose, but simply that they never gave up!
Even in the younger class, the parents set a great example for their little ones by participating in each and every pose. They showed their children how important it is to try and reinforced the Yoga Sprout message that attitude matters more than accomplishment.
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This fall, Rachel has taken on a new yoga intern - me! My name is Ansley Dickinson, and I am a Human Development and Family Science major at The University of Georgia. I’ve been so excited to start working with Yoga Sprouts, and today I got to experience it firsthand.
The Lifespan Montessori kids welcomed me into their yoga session and showed me their very best poses. The theme for the older kids was the color green, and they said it makes them feel happy “just like eating a cupcake!” Then, Rachel gave the children clues, and they got to guess which “green” pose was coming next. I saw some sturdy cacti, bouncing frogs, and strong rockets. Green rockets of course!
I had a fantastic time being with the kids as they talked about colors and feelings and reminded themselves to love who they are. Thanks Lifespan Montessori for making my first day so much fun!