World Yoga Day in My Giggle Garden

6/21/20242 min read

Celebrating International Yoga Day in My Giggle Garden, Preschool and Daycare

International Yoga Day, celebrated on June 21st, offers a wonderful opportunity to introduce young children to the joy and benefits of yoga. At our preschool, we believe in fostering a holistic approach to education, and incorporating yoga into our daily routine helps promote physical health, mental well-being, and emotional balance among our little ones.

Why Yoga for Preschoolers?

Yoga is not just for adults; it offers numerous benefits for children too. It enhances flexibility, strength, and coordination. Additionally, yoga encourages mindfulness, helps manage stress, and improves concentration. For preschoolers, yoga can be a fun and engaging way to develop these important skills.

Our Yoga Day Celebration

Our celebration of International Yoga Day was a blend of fun, learning, and relaxation. We started the day with a brief introduction to what yoga is and why it's beneficial. We used simple language and engaging visuals to explain the concept of yoga, making it accessible for our young learners. Children who were interested participated readily. Later we coaxed all to join.

Interactive Yoga Sessions

We organized interactive yoga sessions, where children were guided through a series of playful poses inspired by animals and nature. The "Cat-Cow" stretch became "Kitty-Cow," and "Downward Dog" transformed into "Puppy Pose." These imaginative names not only made the activities fun but also helped children remember the poses.

Mindfulness Activities

In addition to physical poses, we incorporated mindfulness activities. We practiced simple breathing exercises, teaching children to take deep breaths and find calmness. We also included a short, guided meditation session, where children closed their eyes and listened to a peaceful story, helping them to relax and focus.

Ending on a Relaxing Note

We concluded the day with a calming relaxation exercise, known as "Savasana" or "Corpse Pose." The children lay down on their mats, closed their eyes, and listened to soothing music. This helped them to unwind and internalize the day’s experiences.

A Day to Remember

Our celebration of International Yoga Day was a memorable experience for both children and teachers. It highlighted the importance of integrating physical activity, mindfulness, and creativity into early childhood education. The smiles and laughter of the children as they practiced yoga poses were a testament to the joy and benefits of this wonderful practice.

We look forward to making yoga a regular part of our preschool routine, nurturing the well-being of our little ones one pose at a time. Happy International Yoga Day!