Programs

Yoga and Meditation

Our yoga instruction helps children develop balance, flexibility, strength and stability. While these physical benefits of yoga asanas (poses) are broadly 

accepted by both professional institutions (such as the Harvard Medical School) and everyday practitioners, a holistic yoga practice entails more than just the asanas. Its objective is to build awareness and discipline for a more purposeful life. Our curriculum is designed to help children experience and embrace the lifelong benefits that come from a sustained yoga practice.

 

About the style of Yoga:
Kids will learn a unique hatha yoga practice called Vinyasa Krama. Vinyasa Krama yoga is a specific sequence of yoga poses that build strength over time. These are well suited for kids, teens and young adults who are in the growth phase. Students will move in a specific manner to get into and out of poses while working on different muscle groups, and integrating their breath and thereby mind with the practice.     
The yoga lessons at Sankalpa Academy will be offered within the framework of Patanjali’s Yoga. The goal is to use some of the eight limbs of yoga as tools for comprehensive wellness in body and mind. The eight limbs of yoga are: Yamas (rules of conduct), Niyamas (rules of personal behavior), Asanas (physical practice), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (control of the senses), Dharana (mind control), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (absorption).
 
Highlights of physical practice:
Asana sequences (Yoga Poses) and Pranayama will be the main focus, with students exploring the different types of breathing. In the Yoga anatomy system, the life nourishing breath is identified in 5 different parts of the body, with each serving a different purpose: Prana Vayu (chest through the top of the head), Apana Vayu  (all regions below waist), Vyana Vayu (present in the blood for circulation throughout the joints and all other parts of the body), Udana vayu (present in the thoracic cavity and regulates alternate inhalation and exhalation) and Samana Vayu (present in the digestive system).  
1. Kids will learn the asana names in English and Sanskrit along with interesting stories behind many different poses
2. Benefits of each pose at the skeletal-muscular level will be discussed 
3. The physical practice facilitates a natural progression into a calm physical and mental state that then leads into a meditation practice
 
Socio-Emotional Practice: 
Yoga framework provides yamas and niyamas as principles for staying calm, focussed and contented at all times. At Sankalpa, kids learn self regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and the states of alertness we experience into four concrete colored zones. The same 4 zones exist in our yoga parlance as well:
 

Zone of Regulation

Characterized by

Yoga State

Red

high alertness, high intensity; very low control

Rajas

Yellow

controlled high alertness and intensity

Rajas

Blue

low alertness, low intensity, disengaged, lethargic

Tamas

Green

balance

Satva

 

Socio emotional practice will focus on Asana and Pranayama practice to aide in reducing the Rajas and Tamas in our physical system, and on Yamas and Niyamas to help in controlling the intake of Rajas and Tamas from the outside world. 
1. The 3 neurological zones of Hyper sensitive (Red zone - Rajas), Hypo sensitive (Blue Zone - Tamas) and Balance zone ( Green - Satva ) will be gradually introduced for self regulation 
2. Art (preschool) and journaling (elementary) and reflection exercises will be encouraged through the lenses of Yamas and Niyamas. 
3. Story telling, case-studies and role playing activities will increase self awareness and empathy in children.