Want to get keep your kids and yourself active during the winter months? Come to the Gardens each week for a fun family yoga course each Wednesday. Class participants should bring a yoga mat and water. This isn’t just for kids; this is for the ENTIRE family. Come, exercise and unwind from the day together. Classes will meet in the south lobby for check-in each week.
“Our children live in a hurry-up world of busy parents, school pressures, incessant lessons, video games, malls, and competitive sports,” says instructor Lisa Woodard of This Land Yoga. “We usually don’t think of these influences as stressful for our kids, but often they are. The bustling pace of our children’s lives can have a profound effect on their innate joy—and usually not for the better.”
“I have found that yoga can help counter these pressures. When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life’s challenges with a little more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that’s noncompetitive. Fostering cooperation and compassion—instead of opposition—is a great gift to give our children.”
Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface. Yoga Journal .
Lisa Woodard has been instructing Yoga Tuesdays in the Gardens for two years and has built a dedicated following.