Youngsters into yoga in Kingaroy
YOGA for kids is sweeping the nation and the South Burnett is no exception.
Yoga has long been associated with adults, but a Kingaroy fitness studio has opened its doors to children to participate in their own classes to increase flexibility, strength and co-ordination.
The stresses of school, home work and busy schedules can often be overlooked as being stressful on children, but parents are noticing the difference yoga is having.
Kingaroy's Lisa Brydon, a yoga enthusiast herself, is one of many mothers who has seen that difference in her daughter Kira, nine.
"The relaxation and stretching has been great for her," she said.
"It is good to promote to children that getting active is fun.
"I do yoga so I have taught them a few exercises at home."
Kira said she enjoyed the classes and was happy to show off a few of the poses taught in her first week.
Yoga instructor Zarly Steffensen said the classes were designed specifically for children with incorporated story telling and a vibrant atmosphere.
Yoga for kids has been growing in popularity around Australia with more parents seeing the benefits of the classes and the foundations it lays for wellbeing.
Kira takes classes each week after school.
She is the third generation in her family to regularly participate in yoga, alongside her mother and grandmother.
"I had never thought of it like that," Mrs Brydon said laughing.
"What yoga teaches is great for mental and physical health and well being.
If you're interested in your child participating in yoga, contact Zarly on 0478 006 564 for more information.
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