Kid’s Yoga has so many positive effects on children’s physical and mental well being. Research from Harvard and the National Institute for Health has shown that yoga, meditation, and mindfulness in children can improve focus, memory, and self-esteem as well as reduce anxiety and stress. While we’re all cooped up let’s create a space to let our favorite little people seek and find the benefits that we receive from practicing.
The key to a successful kids’ yoga space and practice is to make it fun and playful! Yoga and meditation can be done anywhere; inside, outside, in a tent, in a fort! Get creative! Have your kiddos grab a yoga mat, blanket or beach towel. This gives them guided space where they can maneuver and express each pose or cardio burst to the fullest (get the sillies out!) without getting into someone else’s space.
I love to have kids start off with a Sun Salutation. Begin by letting them know what a salutation is, saying hello to something. It can be simple down dog, forward fold, Mountain pose, forward fold, down dog. Have them do it at least three times. If kids are older (7+) make it a little more advanced.
Let your children use their imagination. Maybe each day you go on a “fieldtrip” to a different spot. Think beach, zoo, the mountains, the Olympics etc. You can create postures that go with each “theme” (i.e. for zoo- low cobra for a snake at the zoo). You can then try tying multiple postures together.
Tie in a game that gets their bodies moving. I love to add in Yogi/Simon says or Red Light, Green Light. Kids love to get silly in these games and let them, especially on their space.
After a game come back to a breathing exercise. One of my favorites if 5 finger breathing that they can take with them anywhere. Follow your hand with your finger. Trace your finger up and breath in, trace your finger down and breath out.
End with a simple meditation/mindfulness activity. Make it simple and something they can come back to. Have your kiddos spread out on their space. Instruct them to close down their eyes, think of a person that they love. Imagine their face, how tall they are, how their voice sounds. What does their smile look like? Take a big breath in and exhale imagine giving them a ghost hug.
After this mediation they could draw a picture or write about the person they love and send it to them via mail, e-mail, or slide it under their door if they live in your house!
Check out our Kids Yoga classes on YouTube at Power Life LIVE.
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Kirk was working 80-hour weeks and wearing his shoulders as earrings when he found yoga in 2005. Forever the competitive athlete, he loved the physicality of yoga. When the spiritual and philosophical side of yoga were exposed to him, Kirk was hooked. Yoga provided him with what other activities couldn’t -- the ability to foster the benefits of practice both on and off of the mat. Yoga was something that Kirk could bring into all aspects of his life.
Kirk knows that yoga can be intimidating, so he crafts a class that is playful and inviting, while still being challenging and safe. His creatively planned classes build strength and flexibility in your body and mind while establishing clarity, giving you more confidence to overcome obstacles in your life, and keeping you injury-free. His classes are themed with a message that is relatable and will inspire you to take it with you off your mat. Kirk has been teaching yoga since 2008 and lead his first teacher training in 2012. Where Kirk truly shines is in coaching, developing and bringing out the best in others.
Kirk enjoys traveling (40+ countries to date!), snowboarding, and cherishes time with his wife and two daughters.
Christen Bakken’s yoga journey began in 1998 in a Bikram studio that provided a safe and secure place to practice. She saw the yoga mat as a place to remember her purpose and a place to play. As she continued her studies and began her journey to teaching in 2006, Christen infused yoga classes with devotion and the yoga mat became a place of personal transformation and healing. Her classes are filled with laughter, song, sweat, and usually heart openers. In 2013, Christen began training yoga teachers. This is the place where she finds the most joy - in community with folks looking to grow and be of greater service in their homes, on their mats, and in the world. Over the years, she has led trainings in Denver, the Midwest, Florida, and now abroad. She has trained in continuing education modules, 200-hour, 300-hour, and 500-hour programs. Beyond the mat, Christen is a passionate adventure seeker - she loves to bike, snowboard, and spend time with her husband and pups. She sees each day as a blessing and hopes to remind all who interact with her of this truth.
Did you know that we validate parking for TWO garages?!
For the Two Light garage, please bring your ticket inside for validation. For the Power & Light garage, please ask for a parking pass at the front desk. (Hot tip: the Power & Light garage has a ton of space! But be sure to give yourself a little extra time to walk to the studio.)
If you find that you are running a little late, please call the studio to let the instructor know to keep an eye out for you.
We have partnered with our friends at Greenslate to provide 1 hour and 15 minute validated parking for Power Life students in the lot at 36th and Harney (just south of the Cottonwood Hotel). Read below to learn how to take advantage of this perk:
Step 1: Scan the QR code located in the lot.
Step 2: Select your destination (i.e. “yoga studio”).
Step 3: Ask for the validation code at the Blackstone studio front desk and enter it on your phone.
Step 4: You are all set! Have fun at class!
The validation provided by Power Life and Greenslate is for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Need to add additional time to your parking space? You can do that conveniently from your phone!
This option is valid once per day per license plate.
There is a paved lot and gravel lot on the West side of the building.
Meters on Court and 4th (by Peace Tree) for $0.25/hour, 9am-9pm Mon. – Sat. 12-hour max
Meters on 4th (to the North) for $1.25/hour. Mon – Sat. 4-hour max.
All meters are free on Sundays and major holidays.