March Blog 2017

3 Things I’ve Learned from Kid Yogis

Meet Rachael.... Arts & Mind's Intern Extraordinaire / Enrichment Teacher / Kid Whisperer. 

We love Rach - and she loves teaching Kids... This is why. 

When I started my personal yoga practice, I understood yoga to be a time when you came to your mat to digest and unwind from all of life’s insanity. But since becoming certified to teach children’s yoga, every yoga class I’ve taught has shown me that yoga is so much more than just a space to decompress. 

 

1. Yoga is FUN

While yoga is a great space to center yourself and be serious, there is an opportunity to be playful and relaxed, which is one of the biggest things I have learned from little yogis. Fall out of tree pose? Instead of getting frustrated that your balance is off that day and allowing that frustration to fester, giggle at the silliness that is ‘fallen tree pose’ and move on! There is no reason to expect progress to be linear, which I am guilty of occasionally accepting as fact. 

 

2. Yoga is so much more than just the poses

It’s easy to get caught up in the physical asana of yoga when your practice is based around the hour you spend practicing different poses, but in kids yoga the format of a class is different. We spend time on breathing, or pranayama, in every class I teach. We also take time to practice yoga off the mat by doing things like picking up trash in our community to creating thank you cards for our school!

 

3. everyBODY can do yoga!

I sometimes look around a yoga class and see that everyone is similar in their needs, they all seem to be able-bodied and are able to focus on the teacher long enough to finish the class. In kids’ yoga, little yogis come from all over the board! I’ve had children with physical impairments be my MVY (most valuable yogi) and it’s a surprise if I don’t have at least one child who struggles with hypersensitivity in each class. But you know what? The unique characteristics that each kid brings to our class is what makes teaching kids so much fun! Yoga offers the opportunity to learn and grow, and everyone is entitled to that chance.