Teaching Children's and Family Yoga

 Yoga play.

Yoga play.

I have known for quite some time that I wanted to teach children's and family yoga. This past month (June 2015) I began my training toward the Yoga Alliance Registered Children's Yoga Teacher credential, and I am so thrilled I have taken the first step. I have read just about everything there is out there and feel that certification is the next step. I've been running classes around the Denver Metro and am looking forward to my second training in fall 2016. Then it will be a bit to save up for training #3 which should complete my certification.

All my studies have shown me how fun it can be to teach mindfulness to children of all ages. Even better, is how the techniques have allowed me to teach mindfulness to my toddler on a daily basis. Some of you may be thinking, "mindfulness in a 2 year old?"

Getting a toddler to calm down and focus may seem like an insurmountable task sometimes, let alone asking them to focus inwardly. The amazing work that I am learning has shown me just how simple this can actually become. I have instituted a few simple calming activities into our daily routine and have found them hugely beneficial to our family life. In addition to our daily yoga practice, which sometimes is just a few minutes of running through poses, we have added a daily breath work practice, and a daily focusing practice, just like we do in our weekly classes at the studio.

 Basic children's mindfulness tools.

Basic children's mindfulness tools.

While my daughter may not sit in sukhasana for hours on end meditating, she will ask for her Hoberman sphere to sit and do breath work, or for her mindful jar to calmly focus and watch it peacefully for 5-10 minutes. Anyone with a 2 year old can see the benefit to this now and in the future. I feel so lucky and blessed to have such an awesome kid, to have the opportunity to take this training, and to have a positive impact on future generations. I truly believe that teaching mindfulness practices to our youth is a primary component to seeing lasting societal change for the better of humanity.

As always thanks for reading and namaste,

-rp