What are the didactics of children's yoga like?
The educational principle applies to collect children from where they are at present, that is the lessons are (also) geared to the current needs of the children and the group and are therefore environment and group-oriented.
It makes sense that a yoga class held at lunchtime after a tiring morning at school should be structured differently to an afternoon class that children can attend after doing their homework. Also there is little point in starting with a quiet exercise, for example, if the group has a strong urge to be active.
The exercises and principles of yoga tend to be approached in a playful manner, as the focus is on enjoying the movement and the "basic posture experience" and not at all on proficiency or even perfection.
As far as didactic considerations are concerned, the emphasis is much more on process orientation in children's yoga than when teaching adults. Thus, spontaneous reactions and contributions by the children can be included in the lesson. As a result, the lessons take on a "commonly binding" aspect. They are part of a process in which the children can learn in a very lively way on the basis of well-known yoga principles, which is what yoga is ultimately about, namely being authentic, "not getting stuck" and remaining in a state of development.
The demands on yoga teachers are therefore far greater when dealing with children. They need to have a sound knowledge of yoga and intensive experience based on their own practice.
Teachers must be able to call on both qualities spontaneously and at all times during the children's yoga class, whilst at the same time displaying a large amount of flexibility.
A willingness to take (apparent) "detours" and to carry out situation-based work and teaching is an important requirement for ensuring that children can experience yoga authentically in class.
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