Do You Believe in Yourself Enough?

Confidence For Kids Yoga Teachers Confidence is crucial for us as teachers, don’t you agree? On my blog, most of the questions I get from kids yoga teachers are from those not sure how to manage a class or certain situations in a kids yoga class. Often teachers resort to blaming the child and writing them off as “Un-teachable.” It’s not me, no one can teach them. For instance, this summer in one of my daycare classes, I had a

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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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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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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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Good-bye Sophia, We’ll Always have Pre-School

For a Teacher, Each Kid Eventually Moves On The last week had a lot of goodbye’s. It started with moving and saying a joyful goodbye to a phase of my life stuffed into a tiny apartment with my husband and our two home businesses. For a while that little apartment was kinda romantic. His desk took up the dining room and mine was wedged into the hallway. The sound of our computer keys tinkled like a love song. Discovering the

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Kids and Anxiety: What is Thought? (Part Two)

Hello everyone – well I’m in the middle of a pile of cardboard boxes, dollies, and carts. Yes, I’m moving and it’s been exciting to be going to a bigger place but also takes focus. So rather than delay – here’s a short post to follow up on Part One about my bullied student who was becoming a bully. This little boy in my yoga class was feeling bullied and doesn’t know what to do about the bully except to

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Kids and Anxiety: What is Thought? (Part One)

Picture by GangaSunshine As all of us who work with children know – stress and anxiety are not only for those with bills to pay and families to feed. Anxiety and Acting Out in Class Last week in my kids’ yoga class one of the boys was acting unusually defiant. He was acting out and not following the rules to the point where he ended up crashing into one of the other kids in the class. No one was permanently

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Did the Hare Bully the Tortoise?

Unwitting Wisdom: An Anthology Of Aesop’s Fables (click on this link to look inside the book) Last week in my kids yoga class, I read the story Steady and Slow from this book of Aesop’s Fables. The story has been told many ways, but a few things remain consistent no matter where you hear it: The hare is chock full of confidence to the point of bragging all the time and annoying not only the tortoise, for being slow, but

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Develop Your Teaching Style and Enjoy the Consequences

Aruna with her kids yoga class in 2003 This post about the noise level in a kids yoga class has really touched on an important topic. As we develop our style as a teacher we will also develop our own guidelines for what is acceptable and what is not in our classes. When we go out and teach, not everyone will like those guidelines!  We also decide which of our guidelines we are willing to change and when to move

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