Flexible Families: Fall Programming at Semiahmoo Family Place

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Flexible Families:

Fall Programming at Semiahmoo Family Place

I’m so excited to be offering Family Yoga at the Semiahmoo Family Place as part of their “Active Saturdays” here in South Surrey at the Kensington Prairie Community Centre.

Click HERE to link to their site for more detailed information.

Have you ever considered bringing your family to yoga?

Family yoga programs are emerging as a fun way for families to bond and play together, while also learning how to relax, renew and restore. In these busy times of hustle and bustle, moving through jam-packed days with school, work, after school activities, homework and mealtime preparation, many families are feeling stressed, exhausted and disconnected. Family Yoga is a wonderful way for a family to de-stress together. Many family members report increased relaxation and less stress in the household with regular yoga practice.

Yoga promotes holistic health because it involves both the body and the mind. There is a growing body of evidence-based research to demonstrate the many benefits of yoga for both physical and mental health from reliable medical sources, including the Mayo Clinic and the World Health Organization. Hatha yoga is becoming increasingly accepted by the medical community as a safe, gentle and healing practice when taught by qualified instructors and in collaboration with an integrated health team.  

Yoga is especially good for children. Among the physical benefits, yoga aids in building healthy, balanced brains. Neuro-muscular development is strengthened as connections and awareness between the brain and the body are consistently highlighted during a yoga class. This practice helps children develop functional control of their fine and gross motor skills, while also increasing coordination, balance and concentration. Yoga also promotes core strength which helps children to establish life-long healthful posture habits. Yoga also relaxes the body, promotes better sleep, increases immunity to guard against illness, improves digestion and elimination, and helps to manage sensory processing issues, as well as ADD and ADHD.

As childhood obesity becomes an increasing concern in North America, family yoga is a wonderful way for parents to promote physical activity in a way that fosters dignity for children who may struggle with weight issues. Yoga teaches self-compassion and thus promotes positive self-esteem, personal responsibility and supports students to become the best version of themselves. 

The mental and cognitive benefits of yoga, especially for children, include the reduction of stress and anxiety, promotion of critical thinking, and stimulation and strengthening of auditory processing and responsiveness. Yoga also helps children to expand their imaginations, express their creativity, to balance high and low energy levels, improve brainpower, boost memory, and to calm and quiet their busy minds. Yoga teaches children to value stillness and silence in their lives as they learn to self-regulate and self-soothe.

I love this saying: “Blessed are the Flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape”. Let’s get together and promote flexible families.

May you be happy, healthy, safe and at peace.