Flexible learning with fresh focus has a great yoga twist

LOTS OF FUN: Amanda Richards conducts Jungle Kids Yoga classes specifically adapted for children.
LOTS OF FUN: Amanda Richards conducts Jungle Kids Yoga classes specifically adapted for children. Contributed

EVERYTHING old is new again.

THE practice of yoga that began centuries ago in the East took on another life as it travelled to the western world and now it has made a fresh, new, youthful re-incarnation at Noosa Junction.

And while possessing all the benefits of adult yoga, it has adapted to suit an age group that's not quite ready to engage in the quiet meditative poses often associated with the ancient practice.

In fact, Noosa's Amanda Richard describes her yoga classes for kids as a lot of fun.

Amanda has introduced yoga for kids after completing the Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher training and is currently part of its worldwide mentorship program - Jungle Kids Yoga.

"It's a wonderful way for children to stay or become confident, strong, balanced, and healthy, as it engages a child's natural, boundless energy, and conveys valuable lessons in positive thinking, body and mind awareness.

"Jungle Kids Yoga use music and song, lots of silly props, games, stories, relaxation and visualisation, meditation, Mandala painting and more. The kinesthetic, aural, visual, intra- and interpersonal aspects of each class helps keep kids involved and focused with the main aim of having fun."

Amanda said the focus was on a balance between spontaneity and structure, so that kids learnt to listen to each other as well as express themselves creatively.

"Kids learn best when they're having fun," she said.

"So the classes interweave story, song, games and poses, allowing children to learn in a multi-sensory environment which explores kinesthetic, visual, aural, inter-and intra-personal learning."

Besides the immense physical and mental benefits, a central tenet of yoga practice is respect and honour: for ourselves, for each other, and our environment.

In a yoga class, children often go on magical journeys around the world, learning about many cultures in the process.

And since many of the yoga poses are based on animals, children also learn about different animal habitats, endangered species, and often get to share their knowledge of a favourite animal.

Yoga Zone

Where: At Shedlock Training Systems (above the Commonwealth Bank), Noosa Junction.

Phone: 5412 2955 or e-mail

Topics:  early learning health and well being

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