by Ashley McGuirk
Yoga time and time again has proven its magic in the lives of many. It transforms the way we think, breathe, stretch and treat our body on a daily basis. However, how often do we come across the opportunity to extend this practice to our children? We hear about a hot yoga class, even a goat yoga class but it’s not often you come across a kids’ yoga class. Fortunately, the recent popularity of yoga has created an outlet for integrated classes like these to exist. In return, the incredible opportunity for kids to create and establish their own yoga practice has flourished. This is amazing news for both kids and parents because kids’ yoga is extremely beneficial to all kids no matter the age, shape, gender or level of athleticism. In addition to its nonjudgmental nature, yoga offers health benefits both mentally and physically. By giving your children the opportunity to begin a yoga practice you are setting them up for success. They will gain so many wonderful skills and learn valuable life lessons. Like the yoga guru Sri Dharma Mittra says,
“If you open your heart and become like a child, you will always be blissful, always content.”
– Sri Dharma Mittra
This summer give your kids the amazing opportunity to learn how to teach and practice yoga. Dharma Kids is a one week summer yoga camp, July 22-26, open to kids from ages 9-14. This interactive yoga camp provides kids the opportunity to learn a variety of useful skills on and off the mat. Led by 500 hour trained yoga teacher Beth MacMullan, kids have fun while increasing focus, flexibility and strength. Each day includes a yoga practice, relaxation techniques, games, art + more. Your kids will walk away gaining leadership, communication and teaching skills. They will specifically learn how to create and offer yoga at local community events like scouts, family gatherings and festivals. Other topics covered include breathing techniques for calming the mind & body, systems of the body, nutrition, and yoga postures. This well-rounded camp will provide your child with the skills he/she can use in school, sports, and other extracurricular activities.
Inspired by the teachings of Sri Dharma Mittra, Dharma kids is led by Beth MacMullen. Beth is a dedicated yogi who enjoys bringing the practice of yoga into all communities. When she’s not teaching at the Jemicy school, Beth is teaching yoga to her community of fellow yogis in Baltimore, Towson, Columbia and Phoenix. Well known for her kids’ yoga class, (offered at Razz on Thursdays afternoons during the school year) Beth incorporates fun kid-friendly exercises to keep kids interested and engaged. What makes Dharma kids so unique are the traditional teachings of Sri Dharma Mittra integrated with kid friendly activities. The combination of breathing techniques, physical yoga postures and teaching skills will provide your kids with so much more than just a yoga practice. They, themselves will find a sense of independence knowing how to create and offer a yoga class. After last year’s Dharma kids, Beth explains the successful use of connection students used to create their own practice and teachings.
“It is beautiful to be able to share the yoga teachings with children and see them pass along the breathing, meditation, and physical techniques to other children and/or adults. I have observed the kids who did my training lead yoga classes, even deep relaxation, confidently at school. Putting yoga teaching in the hands of children is the future.”
At the end of the week, students will also receive their very own manual to take home and share with family and friends. Sharing the yoga practice is a great way to bring the community together and connect on a deeper level. If you have any questions pertaining to Dharma Kids, please feel free to contact the lead teacher, Beth MacMullen at firstname.lastname@example.org
For registration information, visit our website.