Kids of all ages enjoyed getting their downward-facing dog on as they stretched into all sorts of shapes as part of the school holiday program held at the Kingston community library.
Two classes were held, catering for both primary school and high school aged participants.
There was laughter and giggles as the kids transformed into ‘parachuting spiders’, ‘angry cats’ and ‘crazy beetles’ as they challenged their balance and core strength.
Pam Gibson, more affectionately known as Yoga Pam, ran the classes and said there’s far more to yoga than just stretching.
“A lot of kids have trouble sleeping, they’re don’t switch off, they’re not learning how to switch off, so to me that’s the most important part for kids,” she said.
“[Kids] have a really busy life, they’ve got their sport, they’ve got school, they’ve got their things at home, they’ve got all their activities, and all the computer stuff, and their brains just don’t stop.”
There was a slightly more advanced session for the second group, as participants learnt about sun salutations, energy flows, breathing and learning to let go.
Pam says yoga is a great balance to other sporting activities, such as football or netball, as it encourages focus and to breathe properly.
“A lot of sports are great and they work their physical body…but yoga goes a little bit deeper.”
Yoga can beespecially beneficialfor high school kids as they start to approach exams, Pam said.
“It’s really nice to know how to de-stress, and not be overwhelmed by life.”
Have a look at some of the photos from the sessions!
Bit of a stretch: kids enjoy school holiday fun tree pose!
Learning warrior pose
Planking – harder than it looks!
Learning downward-facing dog
Yoga can be relaxing too
namaste! High school students with Yoga Pam
stretching in the sunshine
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