Yoga is an ancient practice that has many benefits. It began in India almost 5,000 years ago and encompasses physical, mental, and spiritual practices of disciplines. It uses many physical postures that are great for the body and the mind. It also incorporates breathing techniques to help you focus better mentally.
K2 Dance Studios in Corona is a kids’ dance studio that offers many forms of dance, including ballet and jazz, as well as yoga. We believe in focusing on the entire person, teaching by the positive nurturing of kids with a strict, but loving approach. We teach the fundamentals to build solid technique in a safe, caring environment.
When children first start dance classes and yoga classes, they are often scared, unsure of what to expect. We’ve found that having a basic understanding of the terminology used in our kids’ dance classes can help immensely to get your child settled in. Below, we’ll go over some common yoga terms your child is likely to hear. Contact our kids’ dance studio today!
COMMON YOGA TERMS YOUR CHILD SHOULD KNOW
Yoga words come from the Sanskrit language, which is the ancient language of India. This is why they sound foreign to us when spoken.
Asana simply refers to the physical poses of yoga. When translated, it means “seat.” When spoken, the word “asana” follows all instructions for yoga moves.
Downward Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana
This is one of the most popular yoga poses and is used in almost every kids’ yoga class. Downward dog is where you perform an inverted “V” shape. It’s often performed while standing, so you go into a high plank, upward-facing dog, into a downward-facing dog, and back to standing. It’s also a staple of sun salutations. This movement is great to stretch your hamstrings and other muscles in your legs.
Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskara
Sun salutations are specific moves that are either 12 poses or 16 poses that are designed to use every organ and system in your body. They are often used as a warm up to yoga classes. The theory is that if you face east when you do them, you will get a complete workout for the mind, body, and soul.
This move is the opposite of downward dog. It means “four-limbed staff pose.” You will hear and do this move a lot in vinyasa flow classes. It’s often seen when you move from a plank pose into cobra pose or into an upward-facing dog. Specifically, it’s where you move from high plank into low plank without going all the way to the ground.
Vinyasa is a style of yoga that is very popular. It’s meant to never really have a break as you transition from one yoga pose to another in a “flow.”
Hatha is a style of yoga that is characterized by holding poses one at a time. This style of yoga is much slower than Vinyasa and focuses on developing balance and strength, which is very useful for kids in the dance classes here at K2 Dance Studios in Corona. “Ha” means sun and “tha” means moon. Thus, hatha is meant to foster unification of the mind and body.
Savasana translated means “corpse pose.” This is usually one of the final moves of yoga class that is relaxing and soothing. Simply put, you lie face up on your yoga mat like a corpse with your palms facing up to receive the energy and peace of the universe. This pose is meant to help bring you back to center after working hard in class. It helps you to focus and concentrate once you leave as well.
Namaste is a greeting you will hear in virtually every kids’ yoga class. Translated, it means “the light in me bows to the light in you.” When spoken, it’s meant to send peaceful energy outwards. The light is metaphorical for all of the light inside all of us. Namaste is spoken as a reminder that we are all one. It’s usually spoken at the beginning and/or the end of yoga class, and you usually press your palms together and bow your head.
CHOOSE K2 DANCE STUDIOS IN CORONA TODAY
K2 Dance Studios in Corona, California, has a huge heart for kids. Founded by Kenzie and Kierra Fischer, two identical twin sisters who love to dance, our kids’ dance studio teaches with positive reinforcement and sincere caring. We believe in encouraging children to find and follow their dreams.
Not all kids will become professional dancers, and that’s ok! The kids in our dance, ballet, and yoga classes will learn so much in dance class beyond the fundamentals of dance. They will gain self-confidence, friendships, a greater sense of awareness, balance coordination, and improve their self-esteem. As they accomplish one move after another, they will grow more self-assured and ready to take on the world.
Learning how to express yourself takes time, and our kids’ dance classes offer the best environment for your child to express themselves. Our dance instructors have years of experience and love to share their passion for dance with your child.
If you are interested in learning more about our kids’ dance studio in Corona, then contact us today. We offer studio tours where you can see our kids in action and then decide for yourself if we are a good fit. Give us a call today!