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Yoga helps all ages

May 13, 2019
Jess Fluharty , MOV Parent

I became a certified kids' yoga teacher in 2016 and am currently obtaining my bachelor's degree in child development from West Virginia University at Parkersburg. I am passionate about children and teaching kid's yoga and as I reflect on my own childhood, I can see how I would have benefited from the many tools and coping skills that yoga offers. Because of this, I feel it is my purpose to offer these tools to our children in hopes they will adopt healthy ways to cope with life's everyday challenges and changes.

Children today aren't living the same existence we did growing up; they are starting school earlier and the social/ emotional aspect of their development is getting diminished by our performance-based culture. As we attempt to keep up and stay busy, our children are feeling overwhelmed and with no tools these feelings can surface in unhealthy ways and create coping skills that are destructive both physically and emotionally.

The National Institutes of Health reported that nearly a third of all adolescents ages 13-18 will experience an anxiety disorder during their lifetime, with the percentage of girls outnumbering the boys. Emerging research studies show yoga can improve memory, self-esteem and reduces anxiety and stress in children. Research also supports yoga's role in helping children with ADHD by improving the core symptoms, such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity. I strongly believe that prevention is much better than a cure and it is up to us to empower and equip our children with the tools they need to cope and make healthy choices in life.

In a yoga class, children may not fully grasp the importance of the techniques they are learning, but my goal is to plant seeds that they can build on, practice with and come back to as they grow and face challenges. Planting Seeds Kid's Yoga meets every Sunday from 2-3 p.m. at Full Circle Yoga in Vienna. For that hour, children ages 3-10 are introduced to breathing and meditation techniques, we practice postures and play fun yoga games that help keep the children engaged, as yoga is put on their level.

Another great aspect of the class are the friendships that are formed and confidence that is gained as children discover their bodies abilities and unlike other activities children may attend, we offer an atmosphere where they aren't competing with their peers, only themselves.

Full Circle Yoga is also offering a kid's yoga camp that I will be hosting, Camp Namaste. The first camp will be open to 3-5-year-olds, June 3-6 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The second camp is open to 6-10-year-olds, July 8-12 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. To register or for information on the camps offered visit Full Circle Yoga's website,

I believe as parents and adults we have a responsibility to prepare our children for life, that involves preparing them emotionally as well and giving them the tools to cope.

Jess Fluharty is the kids yoga teacher at Full Circle Yoga in Vienna.



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