Yoga has become quite mainstream for adults in recent years, but have we ever considered sharing the practice with the kids? Yoga can benefit kids significantly, and in some ways, possibly even more so than it nourishes adults. The key aim of yoga for kids is to develop the physical, psychological and emotional abilities of a child. Little Steps has rounded up the top places that conduct yoga classes just for the little tikes in Kuala Lumpur.
An easy-to-follow weekly yoga session for school children to get down with some serious fun and at the same time establish communication between body and mind, striking a balanced growth along the way. Children are guided through tailored yoga poses to safely develop balance, poise, strength, and suppleness as they establish a sense of physical, mental and emotional balance in them.
Super Yoga Kids, No.3, Jalan Ang Seng 3, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2282 4980, www.superyogakids.com
Kids Yoga classes are for 3 to 9-year-olds and parents can also opt for the Prana Yoga Lil’ Warrior Camps during school holidays and term breaks, where children learn life skills, yoga philosophy, creative arts and yoga. All Prana Yoga Kids classes are taught by trained teachers who have a passion for working with kids. Learning is disguised as fun at Prana Yoga KL.
Prana Yoga KL, Unit 2.3, 2nd Floor, Pusat Kreatif Kanak Kanak Tuanku Bainun, 48 Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +6012-976 4866, www.pranayogakl.com
The key part of the routine in this class is the postures which generally comprises stretching, and other moderate movements pooled with a simulation of poses shown by the trainer, frequently using photographs of the plants and animals that kids are asked to imitate. It is also quite widespread for kid’s yoga classes to integrate yoga poses into games and songs that the kids are already familiar with.
Yoga Lesson Malaysia, + 6012 379 163, www.yogalessonmalaysia.com
The yoga playground at Cocoon Yoga offers specially designed classes to equip kids with the necessary life skills for them cope in a more hectic world. Through the guidance and support from their experienced instructors, children go home reinforced with positive attitudes. They believe that their programme fits in well with today parents' worries and will assist children in meeting the challenges of the rapidly changing world. Yoga also encourages children to enhance their mind, body, and soul.
Cocoon Yoga, No.27, Lorong Ara Kiri 1, Lucky Garden, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 6203 0112, www.cocoonyoga.com
The classes offered are great fun for children’s minds, bodies and spirit as they have experienced and dedicated kids yoga teachers. Each class combines traditional yoga techniques with breathing exercises and mindfulness to create a unique kids yoga experience that makes them feel good both inside and out. Private classes are offered for kids with special needs.
Developing strength, flexibility and self-awareness help children and teenagers build confidence, resilience and improved self-esteem. If life for your children seems hectic, the approach of this yoga class is to help students relax and feel restored –especially perfect for teenagers dealing with study stress and anxiety.
SHU Kid’s Yoga, +6012 245 3369, www.facebook.com/SHU-Kids-YOGA-204079979770175/
For primary-aged kids keen to find an after-school activity that helps them stay healthy and chill out after an active day at school. The mood is energetic and the moves might be challenging but your children will leave feeling more calm and centered and ready to face a new day.
Two Fairy Hand, No 14A, Jalan Rodat 4/KU5, Bandar Bukit Raja, 41050 41050 Klang, Malaysia, +6016 366 5699, www.facebook.com/twofairyhand
While kids might not be as stressed as adults, they definitely experience stress as well. Yoga is perfect to reduce kids’ stress levels, just like in adults. If the children in yoga class are quite small and full of energy, yoga can help get some of that energy out and calm them down. Hi-5 House of Learning encourages kids to treat yoga like a play session. Perfect for the fun-lovers!
Hi-5 House of Learning, 22, Persiaran Damansara Endah, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2095 9919, http://hi-5school.com/my/
Yoga is a practical aid and an ancient art based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit. The continued practice of yoga will lead a person to a sense of peace, well-being and also a feeling of being at one with their environment. Yoga helps to focus better and overcome any obstacles in your way while on your road to perfect health, spiritual contentment, and total well being.
Dakshra Fine Arts, 15-3, Jalan USJ 9/5m, Subang Business Centre, 47620 Subang Jaya, Selangor, +6012 389 3334, www.facebook.com/Dakshra-Fine-Arts-1002142363185305/
In this fun and creative class, children explore the physical and mental practices of yoga. They will learn poses that engage their creativity and the environment around them. Using songs and games children will become familiar with how they feel, how their bodies move through space, and basic alignment. Balance, flexibility, and coordination are explored as poses are practiced. Kids get a chance to teach the poses to each other and work in partners and groups.
Surya Yoga, No. C-1-9 and C-1-11A, Jalan PJU 1/45, Aman Suria, 47410, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, +603 7803 6044, www.suryayoga.com.my
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