Overheard in the Hallway

T.G.I.F. Today is Tuesday, so I think it may be a good day to tell this story – Friday’s far enough away so hopefully we won’t get influenced by it. I’ve been holding it in for a while trying to decide if it is worth writing about. One Friday morning I was walking by the open door of a daycare class and I heard the teacher saying, in her daycare teacher voice, this little snippet of conversation, “and ‘F’ stands

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Kids and Relaxation – a Trouble Shooting Guide

Kids Yoga Encourages Children to Discover the Art of Relaxation Here’s the second part of the a letter I received asking about the sometimes difficult part of a kids yoga class: relaxation with kids. Dear Aruna, After completing my yoga therapy course I stayed in Bangalore for a couple of days and I went to teach kids yoga at my friends daughters kindergarten. 4-5 year olds, we did a “yoga safari” letting the kids imagine what animals we ran into.

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Times for Kids Yoga Classes

Build a Pyramid: One Yoga Activity for a Long Class Aruna Teaching a School-age Class The times for yoga classes is one of the most common questions I get asked about kids yoga. Recently asked by Anna, another yogini in Singapore: Dear Aruna, After completing my yoga therapy course I stayed in Bangalore for a couple of days and I went to teach kids yoga at my friends daughters kindergarten. 4-5 year olds, we did a “yoga safari” letting the

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The Brainwashed Children

Sometimes people talk about not wanting to brainwash kids with yoga ideas. Is it fair to tell kids all this “yoga philosophy” while they are young – before they can think for themselves – they wonder.   May I suggest you watch the video below and you’ll see that THE BRAINWASHING HAS ALREADY BEGUN.     If your kids are plugged in, in any way – whether it is TV, Internet, games, movies, even their clothing and lunchboxes – there

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Mother, Are We Poor?

Kids know joy is the true wealth. I wrote this post about success earlier this week, and then this story appeared in my in-box in a newsletter from Touchstone Seminars. It’s a very short story from Tulshi Sen about understanding success: There was a poor boy who went to his mother. She was a widow. He said, “Mother are we poor?” His mother said to him, “No son, we are very rich and someday we will have money.” That is

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Do You Want to Be Famous?

It’s Summer Yoga Time! Hello all, Today, I want to start off with some questions for you: Do you want to be famous? What is your idea of Success? What do we teach kids about success? How do we inspire kids to challenge themselves but not get fanatical. How do we teach children and teens about moderation but also keep them from getting lazy? How can kids be self sufficient and also be able to love others? These are the

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How to Start to Teach Kids Yoga – Part 2

Keeping Kids Attention in Yoga Class CONFESSIONS OF A NEWBIE KIDS’ YOGA TEACHERIn my last post, Ling from Singapore asked about how to get started teaching kids yoga. This account of her first class really gives a clear picture of what it can be like to teach real kids, as opposed to adults pretending to be kids in a training course. Here are the ups and downs of her very first yoga class. Thanks to Ling for her honesty and

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How to Start to Teach Kids Yoga – Part 1

Teaching One of My First Yoga Birthday Parties This question came to the Teaching Kids Yoga blog from a yoga teacher in Singapore who is new to teaching kids yoga . In this post I answer her question with advice for a “newbie to teaching kids yoga.” In the next post you’ll hear Ling’s account of her first yoga class. Thanks to Ling for her honesty and courage in her desire to be a powerful teacher of yoga for kids.

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One of the Biggest Dangers of Kids Yoga

Can You Spot the Dangers? I was reminded once again of one of the biggest dangers in kids yoga classes, and maybe even one of the biggest dangers of being around kids. No, its not loving them too much. Nor is it trying to protect them from getting hurt, thereby never letting them grow. Sure these are important, but there’s one thing I’ve found to be even more dangerous than these. The problem is we forget about it until it

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