The primary focus of family yoga is promoting bonding between family members, while still having the opportunity to soak up all the other benefits of yoga practice. Yoga helps equip children and parents alike with tools to help them balance the stresses they face in life. Yoga helps to improve your confidence, optimism and, of course, your sense of humour; I frequently incorporate humour into our family practices, whether that be through stories or laughing at ourselves when we tumble over! More points!
Family yoga provides a space where there is some structure, yet there is space for each person to explore and find their voice. In performing partner poses communication is key and continually encouraged; sometimes it may even require some problem solving if the pose is toppling or one body is significantly smaller than the other. It encourages you to consider how other people may experience the pose and how your actions may impact them and the pose you create together. Shared family recreation time has been documented as an important factor that supports resilience. Family yoga helps to develop child social skills and cognitive skills; it improves the families’ cohesion and adaptability.
Make family yoga your family’s ritual and see first hand the benefits of strengthening your mind, body, spirit and family unit. Amma Yoga classes help foster community with space to play, snack, and chat before and after classes. We also encourage dialogue during classes, to foster connection. Hope to see you in a class soon!
Family Yoga happens weekly on Wednesdays from 6:15-7:00pm & Sundays from 10:30-11:15am. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions!
Written by Kendra Hinton