Yes, we truly believe that yoga is what will equip us to face a future full of uncertainties. And the humble mat plays an important role in developing an affinity for this life sustaining practice.
Now let’s get one thing clear – one size doesn’t fit all. As yoga teachers, we’ve observed that children feel more comfortable when they have mats that fit them. We often forget that kids live in an adult-size world. They like things that are specially built for them. They want mats that are ‘just like their parents’ but in their size.
We are not advocating mini mats but if we want children to take up yoga as a lifelong practice, then it is necessary to equip them with the gear. It’s important to choose the right mats for children to avoid breaks and falls. ‘Chatti’, towels, bed sheets or standard exercise mats are a no go. These simply lack the stickiness or the traction that is needed for many of the yoga poses.
Here are some mat related tips that will help bring out the ‘yoga vibe’ during sessions.
Now that we’ve laid out the mats, get flowing with your yoga sessions. Let the little yogis evolve into their practice, but remember to make it fun. Children naturally take to the exercises that are presented to them as playtime. Include props, toys and stories in your sessions and watch them go back home refreshed and recharged.