|Butterfly pose- Yoga at Kanhas|
This year, I have focused on improving the physical aspect of my preschool programme. Initially, i would think that kids are running and jumping all the time so whats the need to do anything extra in that aspect.
But last year when i completed some development checklists for my younger kids i found that certain physical milestones were not being achieved because of lack of exposure to certain activities. E.g. able to hop, runs backwards etc.
Obviously, every child will eventually get there. But what i realized was that preschool children need exposure to different kinds of movement..lots of gross motor development is still ongoing in the child.
So this year I am much more diligent in this area. We do compulsory outdoor play with different games and activities. We do lot of dancing movement indoors.
And we do yoga. Yoga is such an amazing way to get in touch with your body, stretch different muscles, balance the breath and relax.
We have a simple yoga routine. We start with the sun salute, do a few different poses and end with yogic breathing and relaxation.
It’s been wonderful to see the kids develop that inner steadiness as they master the different poses.
Hopefully this will be the start of a lifetime of yoga practice and good health for most of them.