SMART Toddler Yoga
Stretch, Move And Relax Together -bringing adults and children together through yoga
SMART offers a structured base for parents to exercise and have fun with their children, promoting strength, flexibility, balance and relaxation to contrast with energetic activity.Toddler Yoga enhances physical well being and stimulates language, listening and developmental skills, but also nourishes the spirit and strengthens family bonds. During the transition to independent movement when toddlers’ physical contact with their parents is often diminished, SMART supports loving and playful contact and provides a positive shared experience to carry young families through what can be a challenging time as they tackle tantrums and boundary testing. Parents are re-connected with their own inner child, their creativity and intuition.
SMART is a continuation of the Birthlight Baby Yoga approach using playful yoga for mobile babies, toddlers and preschool children, using songs and rhymes alongside plenty of movement and stretching. The movements are designed to help infants make the transition from babyhood to independent movement, and are therefore easily adaptable to infants of all stages between the ages of 18 months to 4 years.
Birthlight SMART classes are most for children from 18 months to 4 years with their parents or adult carers. The songs and rhymes used in class play a vital part in language development and the shared aspect of the practice helps with social skills and communication.
I keep my classes to 30-45 minutes, to capture children’s imagination and attention, we practice playful yoga through story-telling, singing and rhymes, class starts with a welcome song, then activity for both parents/carers and children, we finish with joint relaxation, were I play a 2 minute chant, after relaxation we have bubbles and our good bye song.