Self Affirmation Exercise
Your Child doesn’t have to be stressed to practice Yoga .
Part 1 Includes Self Affirming Exercise
When I am surfing the web for information on Children’s Yoga, more often than not the title will read something like; “Yoga can reduce children’s Stress.” Or “Today children are under more stress than ever”. While it is true that yoga's anti-stress benefits include a host of biochemical responses. For example, there is a decrease in catecholamine, the hormone produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress. Lowering levels of hormone neurotransmitters -- dopamine, nor epinephrine, and epinephrine -- creates a feeling of calm. Some research points to a boost in the hormone oxytocin. This is the so-called "trust" and "bonding" hormone that's associated with feeling relaxed and connected to others. Yet, there are many more reasons why children should be introduced to yoga. Two of them are:
• Compassion
In a children’s yoga class we take on the shape, sound, and attributes of all types of living creatures. A wise owl, a majestic mountain, a small seed planted in the soil of our mother earth, a strong horse, a soaring eagle, and many others. By roll playing we develop awareness, appreciation and sensitivity to all. We begin to realize our interconnectedness to our world. The child awakens to the feeling inside that says “A part of me is strong like a horse”, it is that “I Am That” knowing.
• Self-Confidence
Usually when the subject of self confidence and children is talked about it is related to how well you can do something. In Yoga we practice positive “I Am” statements, such as
I am unique and special.
I am perfect just the way I am.
I am blessed.
I am truthful.
I am enough.
I am forgiving.
I am thankful.
I create a beautiful, joyful day for myself.
I deserve good things.
I am a fast learner.
I am smart.
I am full of good ideas.
I am very creative.
I am a good influence on others.
I am unique and valuable.
You can print or write out these affirmations (maybe add some of your own) and make it a morning practice to take 3 deep breaths and then choose a statement to set the tone for the day!

I will be posting more information and ideas. If you have any questions you may contact me.

Katrina Durocher RYT is the owner and founder of GYMZONE, a mobile yoga and gymnastic company that incorporates yoga poses, breathing techniques and philosophy into the program, ‘Just for You Yoga’ a unique and ever expanding Yoga program designed especially for children to be used in Yoga studios and ‘Just for You Yoga’ Lessons, designed to aid Yoga instructors with fun ideas to engage their classes. Visit for schedule and more info

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