Building character & connection through yoga
To help children grow in resilience, character, and connection, so they may experience meaningful, fulfilling lives.
The YogaYAMA Method
We use movement, storytelling, and conversation to teach emotional resilience, character, and connection – all necessary skills to create a meaningful life. Each class features an original story that incorporates character-building concepts from yoga philosophy.
Some of the benefits may include:
- Reduced anxiety
- Emotional stability
- Improved communication
- Physical fitness & fun
- Healthier relationships
- More focus & confidence
Parents have more on their plates than ever before. After covering the household and parenting basics, there’s rarely any time or energy left to cultivate goals, such as a close-knit family that likes to be together, children who embrace our values, and a meaningful, fulfilling life for all of us.
Raising our emotional quotient (EQ) – especially raising our EQ together as a family – is a way to reach these goals. In fact, long-term studies show that a high EQ is a better predictor of a good life than a high IQ.
It’s so hard to do this parenting thing “right”. We all know that modeling good behavior is really important, but no one is perfect. Great news! Our kids don’t need us to be perfect. They need:
- For us to be present and authentic
- To see that we are human and learning and growing, just like them
- Watch us admit to and improve on our mistakes
How does yoga fit in?
Yoga principles include the five yamas (universal, pro-social values) and the five niyamas (personal skills essential for emotional resilience). These 2,000-year-old insights into the human condition continue to assist our personal development to this day.
DO THESE 10 PRINCIPLES RESONATE WITH YOU?
Click below to see what they are.
As we develop more emotional resilience and self-confidence, healthier connections follow. Pro-social behaviors such as kindness and honesty are natural expressions of self-love combined with a desire for connection. Integrity – the alignment of what we say and do – is a reflection of an alignment between the inner world (emotional stability) and outer world (healthy relationships).
When integrity is established, trust follows. Trust is the cornerstone of deep, fulfilling interpersonal connections.
YogaYAMA classes use story and movement to demonstrate the benefits of living in alignment with the yamas & niyamas. Students also learn yoga poses, breathwork, and meditation techniques to stay clear-minded and open-hearted, even when difficult situations and strong emotions arise.
Caregivers and families have many opportunities to participate: join in the YogaYAMA classes, or connect at home with short recorded practices. Keep the communication going with conversation prompts and simple meal-time games.
Which yamas & niyamas matter most to your family? Find lists of values, traits, and ethical principles under our Resources tab. YogaYAMA supports your family in connecting around your yamas!
at Eden Yoga
40 Thorndike St. Suite 2C
Concord, NH 03301
Please inquire about on-site classes at your school.
It is vital that when educating our children’s brains that we do not forget to educate their hearts.H.H. Dalai Lama XIV