Children ages 0-7
Children can start yoga at any age. The key to the younger ages is just about the movement, learning the names of the postures, meditations, and breaths. Introduction is the key. The more they see the more they do.
Children ages 8-12
When children get to the age of around 8 they begin to start hitting their growth stage, they may be playing sports for a few years so their muscles are tight and the stretch of the postures in yoga can be very beneficial. This age is also the age where children can begin to recognize what stress is and how it negatively feels in their bodies and minds. We begin to develop a concentration and meditation practice to help children learn internal tools to use to balance these feelings and emotions.
Tweens ages 13-15
Tweens get their own category. This stage of development is all about what others think of me, how I can fit in. What and who am I? Tweens are really trying to figure out who they are. Their bodies are growing at a super fast rate and their hormones are out of control. At this stage many Tweens need to talk and be heard as well as move the body to move out all the excess energy. Mindfulness at this stage is one of the most important tools you can give your tween. Mindful Movement and a more movement based yoga.
This stage in life is all about testing boundaries and exploring the edge. The practice of YIN yoga for this age group may be useful and helping them learn about their physical edge and help them release things they may be holding from testing boundaries. This age group can find a great benefit in learning meditation and focused concentration. It is here where we can teach our youth to manifest and create the journey they want. Guided meditation will be useful tools.
This state we all will need different styles and practices based on our previous lifestyle. Were we active or inactive? Did we overuse our bodies from sports? Are we depleted mentally? Are we healing? Our previous life path will dictate what type of yoga we need.
This stage of life is very similar to adult but we may need many supports for that previous life path. Remember we have been on this path for a long time now so our body and minds are very programmed. Gentle, Restorative, Healing and Sound can all benefit this age group.