This post is the first in a series focused on sharing yoga's principles (universal principles, by the way!) with children. The principles to be discussed are loosely based on Patanjali’s Yamas (attitudes or values) and Niyamas (personal healthy habits), though they are not all represented. I have chosen to focus on those most meaningful and understandable from achild’s standpoint. If there is one, I have included the related yama or niyama in Sanskrit. Older children will especially enjoy learning these!
These principles can be used individually as class themes or lessons, or touched upon as opportunities arise. Each principle listed provides suggested points of discussion. Try to use age-appropriate, relevant, real-life examples when discussing the principles, asking the children to come up with their own as well.
Book suggestions are provided and can serve as discussion starters. For older children, journaling and drawing about a given principle at the end of class or as homework assignment is recommended as wonderful way to help them internalize its message and meaning.
Yoga Principle #1: Practice Peace