The Yoga Playhouse Difference
We are a yoga studio dedicated to KIDS, but that’s not all that makes us stand out from the rest. While Yoga Playhouse yogis are having tons of fun, They are also learning how to help themselves sail through difficult situations in life and appreciate the good situations all the more, which increases their happiness immensely. YP Yogis learn breathing techniques then they put them to use while they are in the studio—we’ve been known to play a game of Jenga just to practice our fear-fighting breath. Practicing putting their breath to work will make it easier to remember the techniques when they’re off the mat. During each YP class our studio serves as a safe space for yogis to explore issues and actions they experience outside the studio—such as courage, individual strength, kindness, decision making decision making, impermanence, cultivating kindness and happiness, or just learning to love themselves. Yogis explore these themes through yoga poses, games and discussions. Through all of this, they develop strength, flexibility and confidence.
Once a Yoga Playhouse student moves into the Namastes class (ages 6-9) they can earn wristbands by accomplishing specific yoga skills. After gaining all seven wristbands, a Yoga Playhouse yogi will be well on the way to having a meaningful and life-long yoga practice.
Why Kids Need Yoga
If you think there’s no place for a little kid in a yoga class, you’re right—if you’re thinking of a 75-minute hot yoga class where students follow a teacher’s cues without giggling and chatting or taking time out to run circles around other yogis in the class. A yoga class made for kids, however? That’s a different story—and there may be no better place on earth for a kid!
It might not look like a traditional yoga class. There’s a lot of chatter, a lot of laughing and instead of props like blocks and straps, you’ll see feathers, hula-hoops and pom-pom balls. If you’re wondering how this could even be yoga, let me explain. Both kids and adult yoga classes, teach the same principles—breath awareness, body awareness, focus and, of course, yoga poses. As a result, both children and adults can benefit by gaining flexibility, focus, confidence and the ability to find calm. Of course, kids aren’t likely to endure a series of asana cues to hone these skills, so instead we teach them in a language they understand—the language of play. Here’s how it works:
Breath awareness: We take deep breaths throughout the class while imagining to smell flowers or pizza or other yummy things. We also play games that involve using breath as a tool—we might blow pinwheels, or move pom-poms across the floor by blowing into straws. Some of our poses also include breath work, sniffing like a bunny or breathing like a dragon.
Concentration or focus: We play several games throughout our classes that require intense concentration. Kids may watch, remember and recreate a series of poses. They may also complete a physical task that requires laser focus—such as using feet to pass a ball around a circle, or trying to keep a bell silent while walking with it.
Body awareness and confidence: Here’s where the traditional—and some untraditional—yoga poses come into play. We sprinkle them throughout classes in stories and games. There is no emphasis on alignment. Instead we let children explore how the poses feel on their own, building awareness of what they can do. While achieving poses and becoming more comfortable in their own skin, children gain confidence.
Finding calm: Every class ends in a meditative visualization. Think of it as a kid’s savasana. This, in addition to exercises that involve using breath as a tool, shows kids how to take charge of their emotions and find calm when they need to.
* Other benefits for kids practicing yoga include: Coordination, patience, teamwork, problem solving, communication, self-expression, following direction, eye contact, improved gross motor skills, flexibility and creativity.
Where to find us!
111 Irvington Ave
South Orange, NJ 07079
(ENTER ON SOUTH ORANGE AVE)
Yoga Playhouse Camp
60 Linden St
Millburn, NJ 07041
Phone: 917 270-8530