The Inky squid.
The Inky squid.
Yoga and Mindfulness.
What is The Inky squid?
Inky squid is a gentle, fun way of introducing children to the world of meditation and relaxation as well as yoga sequences that include brain development exercises, classical poses, chants and more. My classes use fun stories, games and activities that incorporate yoga poses. This is a great way for children of all ages to explore their imagination. The yoga will help them maintain strength and stamina while improving the immune system. The mindfulness and meditation will improve memory and concentration, while reducing stress and anxiety which many children experience while trying to navigate the world around them.
Yoga and mindfulness have been shown to improve both physical and mental health in children. Yoga improves balance, strength and endurance. And mindfulness offers psychological benefits for children as well. A growing body of research has shown that yoga can improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance, and behaviour, and can even reduce anxiety and stress in children and adolescents with a variety of challenges, from autism spectrum conditions, ADHD, anxiety, depression, anger management issues etc.
Inky squid offers a full and professional yoga and mindfulness class for children aged 2-16 years old run by a fully trained and experienced teacher
- Mindfulness & Yoga -
- Mindfulness & Yoga -
What is Mindfulness and how can it help my teenager?
Mindfulness is a ‘fully-conscious’ state of living that enables us to relate to our experiences with higher accuracy and clarity. Much of Western society perceives mindfulness to be ‘emptying one’s head of thought’, whereas the exact opposite is true.
Mindfulness involves being acutely aware of our thoughts, emotions, and why we do what we do. It means being aware in the moment and paying close attention to what is happening in the ‘here and now’, instead of focusing on our past memories or future predictions.
While the research on children and adolescents is really just beginning to gain real traction, studies are showing that for those who suffer from stress, anxiety and autism spectrum conditions, mindfulness can be especially helpful. Mindfulness meditation can be thought of as a ‘way of being’ that helps us be in contact with our experience on a moment to moment basis. This allows people that practice mindfulness to be more present in the moment rather than concentrating on what may happen in the future or what might have happened in the past, which can often lead to anxiety or depression. Mindfulness can also help people become less judgemental, as it encourages people to view their experiences without assigning labels or interpretations to internal or external events that occur.
There is a lot of research on the benefits of mindfulness. For example, there is evidence that it can help you to:
• Cope with pain
• Relieve stress
• Improve sleep
• Manage anger
• Improve memory
• Aid learning
• Improve emotional stability
• Manage depression and /or anxiety.
How can Yoga help?
Yoga improves balance, strength and endurance. Yoga and mindfulness offer psychological benefits for children as well. Research has shown that yoga can improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance and behaviour. It can even reduce anxiety and stress. Younger children are encouraged to develop their creative imagination through stories. Their self-confidence will begin to increase as they are taken through a variety of yoga poses in the form of a story, while embracing the journey of the characters we meet along the way.
The benefits of Yoga classes will:
• Build core strength by using a variety of yoga poses
• Promote healthier sleep patterns by actively learning how to relax, we do this at the end of every class
• Increase confidence
• Through regular practice of the yoga and breathing techniques children learn how to self-regulate and channel their energy
• Build on imagination and communication skills
• Explore feelings and empathy by imagining how characters in the stories might feel
Namaste: The light in me sees the light in you.
Yoga teaches acceptance and tolerance of others. In practicing yoga, kids learn early in life that all living beings are to be cherished and respected as they are, thus helping to create more peaceful local communities and a more peaceful world in our future