Yoga for Kids

Posted July 24th, 2015 by Erin under Recommended Materials.

Recently I was asked to photograph a class of elementary school students at Karuna. I met them in the entrance and watched them race up the stairs, excited to see their teacher, Rebeca Allessi, for about an hour of yoga.

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They were let into the studio in small groups, a method to mediate the high energy and excitement among them. They each had a mat waiting and, as they filed into the room, I could hardly imagine the practice of stillness that I find on my mat translating to these energized little bodies. I thought to myself; Rebecca has quite a task in front of her!

Yoga for kids is different than it is for adults. Movement is essential to the practice and engagement for kids comes far more through doing than contemplating. It was moving to watch the children embarking into this practice and inspiring to see how Rebecca was able to  help them harness their energy rather than stifle it. Each time Rebecca played the Shruti box they responded by getting into child’s pose, finding a moment for stillness.IMG_3547

The students have been practicing with Rebecca at their school over the past year. They know the names of poses, songs, sequences, and some games that introduce the practice of mindfulness. They transition from movement into stillness impressively and, just like many of us, are grateful for moments of rest.

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By the end of the class there was so much sweetness and softness in the room. It was moving to watch the children practice. Kids seem so naturally open and receptive to expressions of love and this, in my opinion, makes yoga a great outlet for young people. Rebeca teaches a kids Yoga class is on Wednesdays 4-5 starting back up this September.

-Erin McNally

Please enjoy the gallery of images from class and check out the upcoming workshops with Rebeca Yoga For Parents and Teachers, teaching methods to “discover how your own yoga and mindfulness practice can be the most effective way to help the young people in your life to find focus, manage stress, and increase emotional regulation”.

 

rebeca in sidhasanaRebeca Allessi is a graduate of the 200-hour Karuna Yoga Teacher Training Program and is certified by Yoga Ed to teach yoga in the schools, grades K – 8.  She is currently a Tiered Support Specialist at Jackson Street School and Bridge Street School here in Northampton.  She is also enrolled in Eileen’s 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program at The Yoga Loft in Albany. She has been a public school classroom teacher for over 20 years and has been taught the importance of truth and kindness by her hundreds of students. Rebeca is drawn to the Karuna community as a place where she can find inner peace and meaningful growth. She is dedicated to bringing the transformative power of the Eight Limb Path of yoga to people of all ages and abilities.

 


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