The Balyayoga® Manifesto

INTRODUCTION

Doing yoga with children means putting them on a path of growth that enables them, through a playful approach, to experiment with their own physical and mental capacities and develop a better understanding of themselves. Balyayoga is our method of doing yoga with children.

Balya in Sanskrit means ‘childhood’ or even ‘for children’, but this word in Italian immediately brings to mind a figure that takes care of children, raising and nourishing them with love and attention.

Balyayoga aims to be just this: a new way of doing yoga through a path and specific teaching method which “nourishes” the child and at the same time lovingly supports them in their physical, mental and emotional growth, so as to lead them to their own self-discovery.

 

THE BALYAYOGA® MANIFESTO

Yoga for children, according to the Balyayoga method
… is a playful path that leads children to the exploration of self
… Awakening the physical, mental and inner potential of each one
… Through joy and fun it facilitates the assimilation of new concepts
… Stimulates the development of creativity and freedom of expression
… It guides the child to come into loving contact with all creatures in the universe
… Strengthens the indissoluble link between mind and body, between reason and emotion
… It aims to educate (and bring out) and not simply to instruct: the result itself is not important, but the cognitive and internal process that leads to this result
… It stimulates curiosity, intuition, rational and emotional intelligence
… And supports the child to use his natural propensity to play, as a force to promote learning.

 

THE CHILD
The child is at the center of this world, with their own identity, and their own way of being and doing things
… They acquire skills and awareness of their bodies, emotions and themselves
… Through an integrated approach that develops all levels of their existence, helping them to grow harmoniously and fully develop all of their capabilities
… As they master their specific skills, they are able to boost their self-esteem
… And learn while having fun.

THE EDUCATOR
… Accompanies the child in this path of growth, but remains a step behind, to allow him to be the true and only protagonist of this adventure
… They stand as an example of strength of character, selflessness and righteousness, to serve as a role model for the child
… They are positive, cheerful and purposeful and transmit these values through patience and a smile
… They speak with the heart to get to the heart of the child
… And they regularly practice yoga and meditation, aware that only those who sincerely practice can teach others to do the same.

THE TOOLS
The teaching of Balyayoga method is through these tools:
… play: The fun part is the basis of our approach, as a privileged language to get to the heart of the child
… The asanas (yoga positions): recall the names of plants, animals and elements present in nature, and these act as an inspiration to expand the child’s knowledge of their body
… Stories: nourishment for rational and emotional intelligence, they are vehicles for comprehension of the world
… Songs and rhymes: enable better memorisation in a pleasant and cheerful way
… Artistic activities: allow the child to give voice to their feelings and emotions, and to express, through the beauty and the use of colors, their inner world
… Silence: the fundamental key in learning to focus their attention on themselves and to get in touch with their inner self.