Children practice their strength, balance, and flexibility at the Medfield Library’s yoga class. Photos by Laura Drinan
By Laura Drinan
Hometown Weekly Reporter
Children aren’t particularly well known for being able to sit still for very long. They wiggle and giggle, fidget and squirm. But at the Medfield Public Library, a group of children proved to be quite experienced in practicing mindfulness at the library’s yoga for children class.
Erin Mann, a certified children’s yoga instructor, perfectly blended meditation, yoga, literacy, and silliness into one 45-minute program. As the preschoolers walked into the children’s program room, Erin excitedly greeted them and welcomed them inside. The kids made themselves name-tags and claimed their spots on the teal-colored yoga pats placed around the room.
Although many of the children were seasoned yogis, Erin reminded them and informed any newcomers of her rules for the class: that the kids must keep their listening ears on and remain in their special spot on the mat at all times.
They began with the downward dog pose, stretching out their hamstrings and counting to 10. Standing tall on their mats, they then discussed some of their morning routines. The kids took turns providing Erin with answers, like putting on pants, brushing their teeth, and eating breakfast.