With the amount of pressure our children face in the local school system – its continuous assessments and sheer volume of homework and after-school test preps – our kids these days lead sedentary lifestyles, habits which will inevitably take a toll on their overall health and wellness. It’s important to remember that sleep and play (yes, having fun!) are vital to their growth.
It’s no secret that yoga benefits adults in so many ways, and if presented in a way that resonates with children, think of all the ways yoga can help counter the stress experienced by our littles living in the hustle of Hong Kong; it affects them too. Having your tiny tot to pre-teen youngster involved with yoga can help them develop better body and spatial awareness, which can help lessen those bumps and bruises that children get from clumsy collisions or encourage self-esteem and relaxation to navigate their daily challenges at school. Allow your little monkeys to put all their creative energy to good use and foster and sense of calmness and concentration in a non-competitive environment. We put together five of the best kids yoga guide around Hong Kong to bring out the inner light in our children!
One of the first dedicated kids yoga studios to open in the city, Little Yogis brings a combination of yoga, mindfulness and healthy eating to Hong Kong littles. Their unique approach introduces asanas and breathing techniques to help kids relax, focus, and concentrate. Toddler classes, for strong walkers to three-year-olds, are full of fun and imagination where instructors lead children on imaginary trips under the sea to safari explorations. Kids yoga consists of utilising games to practice yoga poses for strength and balance training. With classes available from ages two to eight, all hourlong sessions have 40 minutes of yoga and 20 minutes of healthy cooking in their child-friendly kitchen.
Room 1606, 2 Heung Yip Road, One Island South, Wong Chuk Hang, +852 2562 3688, email@example.com.
The Yoga Room
A boutique yoga studio located in the heart of Sheung Wan, The Yoga Room implements YogaKids, an internationally-recognized yoga education and fitness program developed by renowned children’s yoga educator, Marsha Wenig. Offering classes from ages six and above, the YogaKids technique aims to increase focus, attention and concentration span of youngsters, develop imagination and creative expression, learn breathing techniques, build self-esteem, and sleep better.
3/F, 4/F, 6/F, 16/F, 104 Jervois Street, Xiu Ping Commercial Building, Sheung Wan, +852 2544 8398, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pioneering private yoga sessions, Inspire Yoga offers semi-private kids yoga classes to help children increase their coordination, self-awareness and confidence while they stretch and strengthen their bodies and imagination. Taught by certified kids’ yoga instructors, toddlers will be led through stories, games, animal shapes and progress gradually toward traditional techniques as they grow along. All semi-private sessions are 45-minutes long to promote a fast paced and creative environment. Enrollment is available from children ages three to 12.
Unit 1803, 18 – 20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Car Po Commercial Building, Central, +852 9167 3376, email@example.com.
Offering AntiGravity Yoga for kids, Flex Studio invites kids (and pre-teens) to let their spirits fly high in this fun and engaging aerial yoga. Guided by certified AntiGravity® Kids instructors who specialize in working with children, our young ones will be engaged and encouraged to swing, stretch, spin, balance, strengthen core muscles, and expand their imaginations. Opt for their Just Kids Intro to develop courage and self-confidence or their Flyers Kids class to learn sequences and poses to discover their sense of independence.
3/F, 15 – 17 Wyndham Street, Man Cheung Building, Central, +852 2813 2399, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shops 308 – 310, 2 Heung Yip Road, One Island South, Wong Chuk Hang, +852 2813 2212, email@example.com.
Yoga Bam Bam
A creative environment for your children to explore and grow, Yoga Bam Bam offers aerial arts for kids combining traditional asanas with the use of a hammock. For all class levels ages seven and up, their studios offer an opportunity for your child to develop a strong sense of balance and the feeling of safe, weightless flight. Have them increase their flexibility, strength, trust and happiness in a safe and non-competitive environment.
28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, +852 5500 3117, firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 Shin Hing Street, Central, +852 5500 3117, email@example.com.
Images courtesy of Health Press (lead), Little Yogis, Inspire Yoga, and Yoga Bam Bam.