US yoga teacher and author, Darrin Zeer, will lead a Family Yoga Circus class next month as part of a weekend beach retreat in Hawaii.
Family yoga – or kids’ yoga – is practised with growing frequency in The States, and Zeer says parents are keen for the children to learn ways to relax and have fun at the same time. Yoga is the perfect medium for this, Zeer says – and also allows parents and children to connect with each other.
He explains: “Kids these days are very sophisticated and need to be challenged. The Family Yoga Circus requires great teamwork for parent and child.
"With such physical and mental challenge, both parents and kids want to keep practicing the acrobatic poses together. It can be very fulfilling and provides lots of outbursts of laughter.”
The workshop is based on a series of partner poses and leads students through meditation and yoga techniques geared towards families. Stretches are based on the hatha style, but presented in a light-hearted way that’s accessible to children.
Zeer’s published books include Office Spa, Travel Yoga and Everyday Calm.
Studies have shown that yoga practice can improve concentration and stress in children, as well as help fight obesity. Up to 25% of children and teenagers in The US are now obese.
Darrin Zeer’s retreat will take place on May 27 and 28. For details see www.outrigger.com/specials_travel_package_details.aspx?tpID=427