Classroom Management: Do you ask kids questions like these?

kids yoga camp picture of Aruna and Charlotte

When teachers or parents start getting frustrated with children they often resort to asking questions to get back control of the situation.  The problem is when these questions aren’t really questions but are criticisms disguised as questions. Questions like these don’t help with classroom management and don’t help the child correct their behavior either. For example: A pre-school teacher assisting in yoga class who pulls an overactive 3 year old out of the room, stands over her asking:  “Are you

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Kids Yoga for Disabilities

First off, take a look at this fun video of two Canadians, Rick Mercer (comedian/host) and Rick Hanson (Man in Motion hero/educator) blowing away all ideas of what one can and cannot do when one has a disability: Pretty Amazing, Eh! This Friday marks the beginning of the Paralympic Games  in Vancouver.   It’s another event that shows how ABLE all people are.  The first Paralympics Games were held in 1976 in Sweden and this Paralympics has  five sports: alpine skiing

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The Word I DON’T Say In Kids Yoga, Do You?

A couple years ago I wrote about how I accidentally swore in a Kids Yoga Class.   In my defense, it wasn’t a swear word when I was a kid! But this post about Yoga Music got me thinking about another word that has become TABOO in many kids yoga classes. The word? The word is:  G O D You see, if this word is in a song, I don’t play the song in my kids yoga classes. This word just

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Chocolate Covered Swiss Chard – An Important Classroom Yoga Tip

A Valentine’s Yoga Mismatch Mmmmmm,  Chocolate!  Oh so euphoric, bittersweet goodness that melts on the tongue. Swiss Chard, my tender green friend.  Proudly named the Valedictorian of Vegetables. Valentine’s Day is the time of Romance and sometimes surprising coupling.  Let’s follow up on my last post about the Romance between the head and the heart and the coming together of the Olympics and Valentine’s Day with this lesson learned in my three classes last Friday: Like Chocolate and Swiss Chard,

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Kids Meditation – 7 Year Old Yoga Sensation on Fox News

The Kundalini Kid! Check out this News Story from Fox News:   Seven Year Old Sensation The seven year old boy in this news story has grown up around yoga.  Obviously he’s watched many a yoga class over the years from his birth to “almost eight years old.”   But the story also reveals what yoga has done for him.  First, he’s creative enough to make up his own celestial communication meditation.  Second, he accepted the invitation to lead the

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What Else Kid’s Want – A Get Acquainted Game

A Yoga Game:  What Do You Want Under the Tree? I’m extending Christmas just a little longer to play a game with you. Imagine if for Christmas we could ask for presents, but we could also ask for other things, things that are less tangible.  What if we could ask for a virtue or a quality from Santa?  What if we could wake up and find happiness, faith, or love under the tree?  What would kids ask for then?  What

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Imagination: Creates and Destroys

Sand Sculptures at the Canadian National Exhibition, 2009 One day a bunch of us, adults and kids, were hanging out for a bit after yoga class.  As the kids played I divulged that soon I’ll be lying on the beach for a week’s holidays.  I mimed building sand castles and swimming in the ocean and my three year old friend who was listening started to pretend to play in the sand along with me. As the adults talked she built

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Get Kids Active with Donkey Kicks

Donkey Kicks are a Kid’s Favorite Thanks to everyone who has been sending in questions! Here’s part one of a question that came in from a yogi in Toronto who’s just starting teaching kids: I was teaching an age 7 – 12 age group at a daycare and I had this one boy (who will never engage with me — have taught him 3 times now), who ended up sitting on his mat the whole time through the entire class.

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