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ShamaniYouTubeKidsYoga.jpgLet Prairielands Chiropractic Clinic Yoga for Kids help your child develop flexibility, focus, and coordination for a happy, healthy, balanced life.

What is ABC Yoga Club? It's a yoga program founded in Council Bluffs by Shamani Langille to engage with children and teach them life skills while practicing yoga. Learn more by watching this video from Shamani.

By enrolling your child in Kid's Yoga, you are providing a positive learning environment for your child for 30-45 minutes a week.  Young children learn through modeling and repetition.  Our goal is that the parents will take the songs, poses, and activities learned in class, and repeat them with their child at home.  Classes include a take home music CD.

ABC Yoga Club is founded by Shamani Langille, M.A., Ed., NCTMB, E-RYT (500+), LMT


National Yoga Day 2011 Saturday February 19th

18 month - 5 year old Kid's Yoga class. 

We had lots of fun!


National Yoga Day 2011 Saturday Feb. 19th 

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Kid's Yoga class. 

It was a nice group!

Best things about Kid Yoga

1.  Kids that practice regularly (including the breathing) do better in school!
2.  Behave better
3.  Better in sports
4.  Calming skills
5.  Concentration
6.  Coping skills
7.  Enjoy reading more
8.  Focus better
9.  Memorizing drama lines
10. Performance in difficult situations
11. Test taking skills

Yoga helps balance children physically and mentally. It is more than a workout for little ones because it focuses on building strong character on top of building physical strength. Kid yoga is the perfect choice for all kinds of children: those that are in sports find that yoga balances their athletic training and prevents injury. Those not involved in sports report yoga gives them much needed exercise in a non-competitive atmosphere. Beneficially, kid yoga minimizes the physical and mental effects of stress.

Balance_Board_Shanti.JPGShamani Langille

Children today are under a lot of stress. Homework, pressure to compete with other children, endless after school activities, over-scheduling -- it all adds up. And just like their parents, kids today are turning to Yoga to help them relax. Teaching yoga to children helps them develop better body awareness, self control, flexibility and coordination. Kids can carry these skills beyond class and into their daily routines. For example, when a student gets frustrated, like when her computer doesn't work properly, they can think about what would help. She could do her breathing exercises, such as the three-part breath, which could help her stay centered and calm in difficult situations throughout the day.

Yoga has been shown to help the hyperactive and attention-deficit child. These children crave movement and sensory/motor stimulus. Yoga helps channel these impulses in a positive way. Yoga poses that work well are the warrior pose and tree pose. They help instill calm, confidence and balance. The trick is to get beyond just "doing" the posture.  

Prairielands Chiropractic Clinic Yoga for Kids instructors try to get students to think about what the postures mean, to become like the postures -- strong and confident like a warrior. The partner poses are used to develop trust.  Working with each other on the poses, the children develop team skills.  It also fosters bonding.  When it comes to relaxation, some children have a difficult time closing their eyes while others can't get enough.  Sometimes children ask us if they can have an extra long relaxation session as they want more time to relax.  

One technique that encourages relaxation is visualization.  At first we may have them focus on belly breathing and listening to relaxing music. Then we may ask them to imagine that they are at the beach, playing their favorite sport, or doing some other activity that they like. At the end of the relaxation exercise, I encourage the children to share their own experiences.  

Another approach is to create a guided visualization or story  with a calming theme of some kind.  For example, we may ask them to imagine themselves walking in a green pasture and say "Notice the beautiful trees and the butterflies flying over head", "Smell the fresh air. Listen to the bluejays calling for their mates."  The idea is to instill a sense of peace and feeling of oneness with nature.  In class, we also try to encourage input from the children.  Most importantly, their ideas and questions are easily addressed to allow learning to take place.  importantly, their ideas and questions are easily addressed to allow learning to take place.  There is such a wealth of knowledge we can offer our children with the practice of Yoga. 

Although our classes are taught in Iowa, Kids for Yoga was developed in California, and are geared toward their high physical education standards.

(California) Physical Education Learning Standards Elements of Hatha Yoga Aligned to (California's) Physical Education Standards
Grades K-3
Balance while bending and stretching Nearly every standing yoga pose involves balance, often with one foot lifted from the floor. Several standing poses also involve balance while bending into various poses, all of which involves stretching.
Keep the body stable in high, medium and low positions Physical stability is a fundamental element of hatha yoga. Students practice finding internal stability in all standing poses, including poses held for up to two minutes at high, medium and low positions.
Recognize that skill development requires practice The ability to successfully hold most yoga practices involves practice.  The wide range of poses ensures that students with abilities ranging from great athleticism to physically disabled are given appropriate and challenging poses.
Describe the location, size and shape of their heart and indicate that it beasts faster during exercise Because conscious breathing is an integral element of hatha yoga practice, and because much of this breathing is visually connected to "breathing through the heart," students learn the heart's location, size, shape and beating rates.
Discuss the connection of food, nutrition and energy Hatha yoga deliberately relates to overall health, an essential component of which is food and nutrition.  The connection between food, nutrition and energy is frequently discussed in yoga classes.
Identify various body parts and their location Every part of the body is discussed in the course of learning yoga, thereby helping students to gain a basic understanding of human anatomy.
Create movements using different body parts In the vinyasa flow approach to hatha yoga, students learn to use different body parts in relation to one another while moving from pose to pose.
Demonstrate contrasts between slow and fast movements In the vinyasa flow approach to hatha yoga, students directly experience modulations of movement between slow and fast.
Identify feelings that result from participation in a movement activity In as much as emotions are rooted in the body outside of the brain alone, hatha yoga tends to stimulate a wide range of feelings in a safe and supportive environment, allowing students to identify the types of feelings associated with different poses, movements, and parts of the body.
Develop responsibility for expected behavior on the playground and in the classroom The practice of hatha yoga involves self-discipline and concentration as well as respect for others in the room. ABC Yoga Club teachers emphasize individual responsibility for behaviors that are conducive to small and large group physical interaction, including that occurring on playgrounds and in classrooms.
Create rules to follow individually, with a partner or in a group Yoga involves many principles (rather than hard-and-fast rules) that allow students to practice safely. In practicing with these rules, students learn to importance of rules more generally.
Stretch basic muscle groups The practice of hatha yoga stretches every muscle group in the body.
Demonstrate dynamic balancing Nearly every standing yoga pose involves balance, often with one foot lifted from the floor. Several standing poses also involve balance while bending into various poses, all of which involves stretching.
Move each joint through a full range of motion Students in hatha yoga class learn to move every joint through its full range of motion, with an emphasis on safely extending the range of motion.
Discuss the principles of warming up before vigorous activities and recognize the benefits of cooling down afterwards ABC Yoga Club teachers begin every class with warming activities and end every class with cooling activities. Students learn the underlying principles for these practices.
Participate in warm-up exercise to prepare the body for more vigorous activities ABC Yoga Club teachers begin every class with warming activities and end every class with cooling activities. Students learn the underlying principles for these practices.
Perform a locomotive activity for an extended period of time to create an aerobic effect In the vinyasa approach to hatha yoga, students are engaged in a process of continuous movement which may extend for as long as thirty minutes, thereby creating a strong aerobic effect.
Increase awareness of others While yoga is primarily an individual practice that focuses the student internally, ABC Yoga Club teachers emphasize the importance of appreciating and respecting others in their own practice.
Recognize and appreciate their own positive and negative feelings and those of others As indicated in item "9," above, a variety of feelings arise in yoga practice (as in other physical activities). ABC Yoga Club teachers stress the importance of validating one's own feelings and respecting those of others.
Analyze mistakes and celebrate achievement of personal goals As one progresses in learning yoga, daunting challenges require slowing down, pausing, and reflecting upon obstacles. One becomes capable of performing a more advanced pose, there are powerful intrinsic rewards.
Be considerate of others in physical activity settings ABC Yoga Club teachers frequently discuss the value of respecting others in yoga classes.
Use equipment properly and assist in proper storage and maintenance Students learn the proper care, handling and storage of all yoga supplies and props.
Participate in multicultural games and activities In as much as yoga is rooted in an set of ancient practices originating in India, students are exposed to another cultures activities. In India, there are today local, regional and national yoga competitions. It is entirely possible to plan and structure yoga demonstrations and games for students here as well.
Grades 4-8
Discuss and list advantages and disadvantages of body types related to specific activities. Yoga practice readily reveals the capacities and limitations presented by various body types in relation to different poses.
Designate whether a selected activity enhances cardio-respiratory endurance, flexibility or muscular strength. In the course of practicing yoga, students learn to appreciate all that is involved in particular poses or sequences of poses, including the development of endurance, flexibility and strength.
Describe healthful benefits that result from regular participation in physical activity. ABC Yoga Club teachers provide explanations of each poses benefits while students are practicing the poses.  Classes also often begin and end with formal discussions of what benefits (and dangers) are present in each pose.
Integrate personal meaning through a creative movement experience. Yoga practice is as much an introspective meditation on one life as it is a system of physical exercise. Through the regular practice of hatha yoga, personal meaning is emergent.
Identify activities that contribute to personal feelings of joy and satisfaction. Every yoga student finds poses that contribute to his or her overall sense of happiness and well being.
Participate in activities that contribute to personal feelings of joy and satisfaction. The overall effect of yoga is a feeling of joy and satisfaction that is derived from stimulating every muscle, organ, gland and nerve in the body along with oxygenation of the blood supply from intensive breathing activities.
Appreciate individual differences by modifying small group cooperative and competitive games to meet the needs of all involved. ABC Yoga Club teachers provide a variety of options to students based on individual differences. This helps students to appreciate the value of their differences in other activities as well.
Cooperate with a partner in using equipment and helping one another improve object manipulation skills. As one advances in his or her yoga practice, ABC Yoga Club teachers provide opportunities for students to work together as partners in practicing more advanced poses (such as handstands).
Seek out, participate with, and show respect for persons of different skill levels. Most yoga students are intrigued by the abilities of others in the room and want to learn other's methods for doing the poses. ABC Yoga Club teachers encourage this form of healthy interaction, and create opportunities for students to demonstrate it.
Demonstrate correctly activities designed to improve and maintain muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and cardio-respiratory functioning. Every yoga class taught by ABC Yoga Club teachers provides opportunities for students to demonstrate correctly activities designed to improve and maintain muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and cardio-respiratory functioning.
Improve and maintain appropriate body composition. Balance is a fundamental concept and element of yoga, including the proper balance of muscle and fat in the body. The effect of regular yoga practice is both the development of this proper balance and an understanding (based on how it feels) to move toward that quality of balanced bodily composition.
Participate in an individualized fitness program. Hatha yoga is an individualized fitness program. Classes taught by ABC Yoga Club teachers will ensure that every participating pupil has a fitness program that meets his or her individual needs.
Recognize the effects of substance abuse on personal health and performance in physical activity. The yoga principle of "saucha," which is on the Niyamas, emphasizes self-purification and
Participate in games, sports, dance and outdoor pursuits both in and outside of school, according to individual interests and capabilities. ABC Yoga Club teachers instruct hatha yoga in a way that ensures participation in accordance with individual interests and capabilities.
Feel satisfaction on days when he/she engages in physical activity. Every yoga student finds poses that contribute to his or her overall sense of happiness and well being.
Accept and respect decisions made by game officials, whether they are students, teachers, or officials. Yoga practice creates an auspicious environment in which respect for self, others, and leaders is validated and reinforced.
Engage in activities that provide for challenge, problem solving and decision making. The intricacy of many yoga poses challenges students both physically and mentally, requiring that they make conscious decisions about how to practice.
Discuss personal and group conduct, including ethical and unethical behavior, appropriate for engaging in physical activity. Students discuss all the Yamas and Niyamas, directly addressing matters of personal and group conduct, including ethical and unethical behavior for engaging in physical activity. Students are also encouraged to keep journals recording their feelings and thoughts relative to ethics and behavior.
Grades 9-12
Students will begin to identify preferences for types of physical activity that can be pursued over the long term for fitness and recreation. Yoga is a life-long form of physical activity. Students practice yoga in a learning environment in which they make conscious choices about how they are engaging their bodies and minds in their daily life.
Assess personal fitness and set goals for personal improvement or maintenance. Hatha yoga provides an immediate source for taking personal inventory of one's fitness. ABC Yoga Clu teachers work with students to set goals and personal improvement and maintenance that will work within the context of each students individual needs.
Demonstrate an understanding of the connection between nutrition and fitness. ABC Yoga Club teachers regularly present information and facilitate discussions of the relationship between nutrition and fitness. Various theories of nutrition are presented, emphasizing a wholesome diet comprised of a maximum of fresh and whole foods.
Analyze the personal values and risks of various physical activities based upon personal fitness levels, medical situations and environmental factors. ABC Yoga Club's teachers' highest priority is creating a safe environment for physical activity.  This involves carefully assessing each student to ensure that the yoga poses they practice are based upon personal fitness levels, medical situations, and environmental factors.  Teachers work closely with students in making this assessment so that students become more knowledgeable and skilled in their own ongoing personal self-assessment.
Select an area of focus and apply a practice routine that will result in measurable improvement. Students are encouraged to focus on and practice a limited number of specific appropriate poses so that steady and tangible improvement is made.
Serve as peer coaches and group leaders in a variety of physical activities. As students progress through the yoga program and advance in their knowledge and skills, they begin to assist other students in the class and are given opportunities to assist teachers in providing guided instruction.
Discuss sociological issues related to physical activities and sports including violence, fair play, ethics and courtesy. Students explore the concept of violence first and foremost in reference to their own yoga practice, thereby helping to ensure that they do not injure themselves.  The value of non-violence is then extended to peers, family, school, and community.  Ethics, including honesty and respect, are routinely and regularly explored in the context of challenging physical activity.
As a member of a team or group, demonstrate conflict resolution skills. Students indirectly learn conflict resolution skills by developing skills for coping with their own impulses, gaining mental clarity amidst challenging circumstances, and practicing communication about needs and interests.
Create games, dances or activities from personal cultures and those of others. Students learn to create their own moving sequences of yoga poses, often in timing with music, drawing from the ancient traditions of India.
Demonstrate intermediate or advanced competence in one activity from each the six following categories: aquatics, dance (e.g., modern, folk, ballet); outdoor pursuits (e.g., hiking, biking, canoeing); individual activities/sports (e.g., golf, cycling); dual activities/sports (e.g., tennis, racquetball); team activities/sports (e.g., soccer, softball). Students learn, develop, and practice skills that involve, strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, poise, regulation of energy, and mental focus, all of which apply to other physical activities.
Focus and develop a personal level of excellence in an activity of choice, such as a sport, dance, gymnastics, or aquatic activity. Students learn increasingly complex, challenging, and intricate physical poses and breathing techniques that require intensive focus, concentration, discipline and practice.
Show evidence of a positive self-image and the ability to cope with success and failure. Students master increasing levels of skill and ability regardless of their initial abilities, thereby having experiences that enhance self-image. The practice of yoga itself instills coping skills for dealing with challenging or arduous situations.
Explore career opportunities in physical education, recreation and related fields. Students learn about opportunities for teaching yoga in yoga schools, athletic gyms, and other settings.
Make a commitment to physical activity as an important part of oneÕs lifestyle. Students learn the value of a lifelong commitment to physical exercise, proper nutrition, and conscious living.
Willingly participate in games, sports, dance, outdoor pursuits, and the physical goals and the maintenance of wellness. Hatha yoga invites students to discover feelings of joy and self-motivation within the regular practice of poses.
Apply social skills acquired in physical education activities to enhance their interaction with diverse populations during work and play. Each of the yamas and niyamas help students to interact more positively with peers, leaders, and others in work and play settings.
Support and participate in community organizations that promote health, fitness and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. ABC Yoga Club itself provides students with a living example of a participatory community organization actively promoting health, fitness, and recreational opportunities for people of all ages and physical conditions.


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