Toronto Life 2004

YogaBuds™ for Kids

Temmi Ungerman Sears's enthusiasm infects these nurturing, non-competitive classes, Iyengar yoga, lauded for its therapeutic, self-healing effects, is practised in a bright, naturally lit studio.

Children as young as three and a half and as old as 14 playfully move, bend and stretch their bodies, increasing physical coordination, flexibility, balance, strength, stamina and concentration.

Performing asanas (the series of yogic postures that involve grounding, breathing and lengthening the spine) is said to help a child develop self-confidence and enhance concentration skills, self-discipline and self awareness.

At first delighted to achieve back bends and handstands, kids soon find themselves enjoying the calming effect of connecting with their thoughts and feelings.