Wait...Is Yoga...Religion?

When it comes to Kids' Yoga, a question parents and school administrators have is whether Yoga is religion.  Since many of these exercises were originally inspired by the wisdom traditions of India and Asia, one might wonder if kids take part in chanting or rituals that conflict with family beliefs or school policies.

At Yoga Buggy we have a deep respect for all religions and cultures, family traditions, and personal values.  We often weave folktales or wisdom teachings from various world cultures into our classes to widen our perspectives and celebrate diversity.  Having said that, our approach to teaching Yoga is secular and does not involve teaching any religious rituals or beliefs.

The Yoga Buggy teaches postures, breathing and meditation exercises, as well as games and songs, as forms of exercise, play and learning.

We look for creative ways to help all children feel more at home in their body and in the world, to relate well to their emotions, and to have fun.   

At Yoga Buggy we welcome and include all children.  Contact us to bring some Yoga to your kids!

It Might be your New Favourite Thing

That looks yucky Mummy, says Z., scrutinizing the unfamiliar noodle dish before him.  

Queue the teacherly speech.  Flex that ‘trying’ muscle!  I say for the five thousandth time in his young life.  You won’t know until you try- it might be your new favourite thing.  

It’s good to remember how scared I was before I taught my first yoga class.  Even now I have to marshal some courage before I walk into a new class. But when I first started...I was sweating with anxiety.

It was like Z’s noodles in two ways:  1. He was hungry!/I wanted to teach! 2.  I had to TRY to find out if it was good/So did he.  

To quote the kids’ book Going on a Bear Hunt:   

“You can’t go OVER it.  

You can’t go UNDER it.  

You have to go THROUGH it.”

It can be hard to go through it/try it/do it if it’s new and unfamiliar.  But if you do...it might be your new favourite thing!

Kids experience that feeling of anxiety often because so much is new and scary for them.  But also, it’s the new scary stuff that can benefit kids the most. Indeed, it can benefit all of us the most.  

Mmmmm, says Z., as he tries the noodles.  Not bad.  Feel my ‘trying’ muscle.  It’s getting so strong!