Children's Yoga Classes Fun Facts and Ideas

Expert advice and interesting facts

Interesting facts

  • The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ meaning ‘to yoke’ or ‘join together’.

  • ‘Doga’ is a kind of yoga in which people aim to achieve harmony with their pets!!

  • The Swastika is originally a yoga symbol meaning ‘That associated with well-being’.

  • The first person to establish Yoga as a spiritual and philosophical view was Patanjali in the 2nd century BC although it is thought that it might date as far back as the 3rd century BC!

  • While Yoga was practised in the East for many years, the West only became widely aware of it in the mid-19th century when wandering monk, Swami Vivikenanda, introduced it to the USA and Europe.

  • The longest yoga marathon ever was by Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow from Canada. It lasted 32 hours and took place on 2nd to 3rd August 2010 .During this time 1008 different yoga positions were completed.

  • There are many, many types of yoga from Hatha, Lyengar and Bikram to Ashtanga, Anusara and Kundalini. Each type has its own characteristics. Something for everyone!


How to pick a yoga class for your child

Some points to consider:

  • Do you need to buy anything prior to your child joining the yoga class? For example, will you need to purchase a mat?

  • Are there any specific clothes they need to wear?

  • In many children’s yoga classes parents are encouraged or even required to take part. Would you like to take part, watch or leave your child at the lessons and can this be catered for?

National associations & clubs

The British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) is the largest yoga membership organisation in the country. It is committed to promoting a greater understanding of yoga and it's safe practise through experience, education, discussion, study and training.


Qualifications of tutors/coaches etc

The British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) is recognised by the Government’s Sports Councils (Sport England, Sport Wales) and is the governing body for yoga in the UK. It acts as an umbrella organisation for yoga and also trains yoga teachers. Anyone holding the BWY Diploma has undergone a thorough, assessed training programme lasting approximately three years. Qualified Wheel teachers also have insurance and ongoing professional development through in-service training.

Central YMCA Qualifications was launched in 1998 as the UK's first and only awarding body to specialise in health and fitness qualifications. A qualification from CYQ became the first nationally recognised measure of standards and skills for those working in the health and fitness sector.


Learnings from the activity

  • Balance

  • Coordination

  • Posture

  • Strength

  • Flexibility

  • Concentration

  • Relaxing

  • Calming

Yoga has many health benefits for children of all ages such as increasing core strength, balance and flexibility. There are also many mental and psychological benefits to be gained such as relaxation, self-awareness and concentration.

It doesn’t matter if your child is not the fastest runner, the best at ball skills or even particularly fit because all ages and abilities can join in with yoga. There is no competitive element so the environment is non- threatening and calm.

Famous people

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, otherwise known as Lady Gaga (born March 28, 1986) is a practitioner of Bikram Yoga. Bikram Yoga sessions run for exactly 90 minutes and consist of a set series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. Bikram Yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to 105°F (40.6°C) with a humidity of 40%, and is the most popular form of hot yoga. Other celebrities who practise this type of yoga include David Beckham, Ashton Kutcher, Robbie Williams, Andy Murray, Madonna and George Clooney.

Front man of American band Maroon 5 Adam Levine (born March 18, 1979) claims that doing yoga has revolutionized his life. He first tried it 5 years ago and now practices regularly. He uses 5 styles of yoga; Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Iyengar and Anusara.

Robert Downey Jr (born April 4, 1965) used a combination of therapy, meditation and yoga to help beat his drug addictions in 2003 and now has become a celebrity yoga teacher.


Take a look at this fun children’s yoga video ‘An Ocean Adventure. Meet Squish The Fish and friends.’ Yoga with a story, ending with a few moments of relaxation.

Interesting articles

Classroom yoga helps improve behaviour of kids with autism - Researchers in New York found that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who did yoga at school behaved better than those who weren't doing yoga.

The children followed a specific yoga routine each school morning which lasted 17 minutes. The program continued for 16 weeks and then the researchers compared the children who were doing yoga to a control group who had done none. The results demonstrated that use of daily classroom yoga had a significant impact on key classroom behaviours among children with ASD.

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