preschool & kindergarten
The beauty of yoga is that its benefits are available to students of all ages, irrespective of experience. For younger students, The Yoga Project classes create a framework for total body movement and gross motor development. These classes reflect the use of imagination and exploration. Since many of the yoga poses are animal based or resemble elements in nature, children learn about the world around them and are encouraged to be global thinkers. Songs, stories, games and mindfulness activities are explored to further foster the development of interactive and collaborative learning, in a multi-sensory environment that caters to all learning styles.
In a TYP elementary class, there is a balance between spontaneity and structure, so that participants learn to listen to each other as well as express themselves creatively. Besides the immense physical and mental benefits, a main component of yoga is respect and honour: for ourselves, for each other, and for the environment. We believe that children learn best while they are having fun and are engaged; therefore, The Yoga Project classes interweave story, games, poses, breath work, mindfulness and relaxation. This allows participants to learn in a cooperative and multi-sensory environment which explores kinesthetic, visual, oral, inter- and intra-personal learning. Elementary classes are lively and active, complemented with mindfulness activities.
intermediate & secondary
In The Yoga Project classes for older students, the balance between spontaneity and structure still occurs, encouraging participants to learn and try new elements of yoga, while honouring the desire and individuality of their practice. Each class revisits the principles and groundwork of yoga, while exploring new elements, and safely challenging the students to reach their highest potential. A large focus is placed on stress-reduction, mindfulness, and celebrating uniqueness with this age group; resulting in an increased self-image and self-esteem, positive relationships with self and others, and a greater awareness towards compassion and respect.