Sacred Playground® yoga & meditation for 2-17 year olds
If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation. -Dalai Lama
Sacred Playground is currently in session. Due to the coronavirus our session has been moved to a virtual format. If your child is currently enrolled in this session, please check your inbox for more information.
Urban Yoga Chicago's unique Sacred Playground® Yoga & Meditation for Kids curriculum is geared to meet the children where they are....
We begin with a foundation grounded in security (so they feel safe in who they are) with the opportunity to advance into higher levels of self-authority. It is our hope that they learn to default to their inner compass rather than to the external world for validation, the latter of which can often lead to feeling defeated and disempowered. With harmony and increased capacity to conquer one's "monkey mind" comes what can feel like mystic powers: greater command over one's inner world magically affects how they experience the outer world.
Meditation is a practice that has been around for thousands of years, and for good reason.It...
grounds and centers
offers physical, mental and emotional balance
reduces stress and anxiety
calms and relaxes
helps with insomnia
helps to manage anger
increases self-control and self-discipline
alleviates addictive behaviors
enhances sibling, peer and authority relationships
increases focus and clarity
provides a sense of okay-ness
Sacred Playground® Classes
Parent-Child, ages 2-4 with parent focus on yoga movement and connection through story, breathing games and meditative chanting.
Yoga for Kids, ages 4-7 focus on yoga movement to help kids connect with their bodies and to self-calm.
Their meditation happens through stories, movement, mindfulness, sound and crafts.
Kids Meditation, ages 8-12(ish)*** focus on connection and communication (through games and open dialogue), mindfulness practices, and meditation (using breath, sound and movement) to set their inner compass and change the negative self-talk.
Teens Meditation, for the older 12-17 continued focus as in Kids Meditation with consideration for the challenges and opportunities faced in the middle through high school years. We will build on the fundamental tools to work through stress, minimize the "noise", find peace and connect with safe, internal space to carry us forward.
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***ages 8 to 12(ish): very few exceptions are made on the front end. Your child must be 8 years old (have completed the 1st grade) in order to begin the meditation for kids class. Starting earlier does not serve the child, nor the class. On the other end, your child might be done by 12, or this class might still work for them at 13. This depends on the child, and their developmental level must be appropriate for the class. Please ask us if you have any questions. We absolutely want to hear your questions.
About Special Needs
Our Sacred Playground program is dedicated to affirming children in who they are, helping them to stay tuned in to their intuition and creativity, and to keep remembering the power of play, space and dialog as they grow up. This is a safe space for them. We do more than just sit in meditation, and we remain flexible in our activities and conversation to the personality of the groups we have in session. We are NOT trained in social work, psychotherapy or have special training in dealing with diagnoses such as AD(H)D, Autism or extraordinary disciplinary issues. While yoga and meditation can be helpful to these children, our Sacred Playground program is not meant to specialize in these issues. We work with children with the typical stress, anxiety and sleep issues that arise from the pressures of school, peers, adults and society. We understand that stress, anxiety and sleep issues are rising rapidly amongst our youth population, and we strive to instill tools to help children thrive in their teenage years and beyond, reducing the amount of chronic issues that can lead to breakdowns. That said, the spectrum is wide, and we do have children with AD(H)D, Autism and anxiety. Whether or not your child is appropriate for this program depends on the level of individual care your child might need and how this might affect our staff-child ratio as well as the energy focus of the class. If you have any questions at all about whether or not this program is appropriate for your child, please reach out. We want to hear from you.