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Strength, Fitness and Movement Classes for Children incorporate balance work, coordination exercises, yoga, resistance bands, body weight exercise, and functional movements. We will walk, jog, run, sprint, jump, lift, push, pull, bend, twist, turn, stand, climb and lunge. Classes will include a variety of different methods including circuit style fitness, yoga and body weight mat work, weights and resistance bands, games, and sport drills, Please wear comfortable clothing, bring a water bottle, comfy socks and also bring a yoga mat to class. Children MUST wear athletic type shoes to class. Pick a shoe they can run, jump and climb in. Parents may stay and observe OR participate in class alongside their child.

Dates: TBA

"Strength-training programs may include the use of free weights, weight machines, elastic tubing, or an athlete's own body weight. Multiple studies have shown that strength training, with proper technique and strict supervision, can increase strength in preadolescents and adolescents" (Council of Sports Medicine, 2008).

The Benefits of Strength Training for Children

  • improve mental health

  • increase lean body mass (more muscle, less fat)

  • burn more calories

  • make bones stronger

  • improve overall fitness and sports performance

  • have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

​Movement, Fitness and Yoga Circle for Children blends yoga movements, balance exercises, breathing, songs, and yoga games to help children develop self-balance, posture, body awareness, and spatial orientation, all while having fun. Please wear comfortable clothing, bring a water bottle, comfy socks and a small blanket or a beach towel and a yoga mat to class. Due to space limitations it is suggested that parents of children over age 6 wait outside of class unless their child has a special need for an adult helper.

Parent Child Class for ages 5 and 6     Dates; TBA

Kid's Class for Ages 7-10                        Dates: TBA

The Benefits of Yoga for Children

  • Self-empowerment

  • Self-confidence

  • Positive Attitude

  • Mindfulness and Focus

  • Self-Calming Abilities

  • Empathy

  • Brain-Body Coordination

  • and many more!

 

"Yoga and mindfulness have been shown to improve both physical and mental health in school-age children (ages 6 to 12). Yoga improves balance, strength, endurance, and aerobic capacity in children. Yoga and mindfulness offer psychological benefits for children as well. A growing body of research has already shown that yoga can improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance, and classroom behavior, and can even reduce anxiety and stress in children" (Wei, 2016).

"Kids are very eager. It seems to be an ideal time to hard-wire strength gains and movement patterns. It can be so much fun that it never occurs to the kids that they’re getting quote-unquote ‘strength training’ at all” Reynolds, 2010).

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REFERENCES

Bostic, J. Q., Nevarez, M. D., Potter, M. P., Prince, J. B., Benningfield, M. M., & Aguirre, B. A. (2015, April). Being present at school: Implementing mindfulness in schools. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25773322

Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. (2008, April 01). Strength Training by Children and Adolescents. Retrieved from http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/121/4/835

Falk, B., & Tenenbaum, G. (1996, September). The effectiveness of resistance training in children. A meta-analysis. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8883214

Radiant Child Yoga. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://childrensyoga.com/about-radiant-child-yoga/

Reynolds, G. (2010, November 24). Phys Ed: The Benefits of Weight Training for Children. Retrieved from https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/24/phys-ed-the-benefits-of-weight-training-for-kids/

Wei, M. M.D. (2016, August 30). More than just a game: Yoga for school-age children. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/more-than-just-a-game-yoga-for-school-age-children-201601299055