Parenting > Kids and Yoga

I'm considering becoming certified in children's yoga. I love kids and being around them and the way they look at the world. Does anyone have any suggestion on where and how to go about this? And even just any general words of wisdom.

November 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterAlexandriaS

Both Carly and I are Level 2 Certified in Radiant Child Yoga from Shakta Kaur Khalsa. Jaime is certified in another method of kids yoga. Carly and Jaime co-taught kids yoga camp at Riverflow this summer and I have taught yoga nursery school through high school. I have some kids yoga books I can share with you; you so obviously love kids, and I would love to talk to you more about getting certified and teaching to kids. Honestly at a certain age, its more like the kids are remembering yoga than learning it...that's way cool. I also wrote a kids yoga story that I used in my kids classes - I will post it here on a file for you.

November 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

Hey Alex, I currently teach kid yoga age 4-teens and family yoga and LOVE it! I got my training from Go Grounded (based in the south) but they offer trainings on occasions at Dig Yoga right here in Lambertville. BTW – Thank you so much for your facebook message, I’m in the process of putting some cardboard and yarn ideas together. Your childlike exuberance is a real inspiration!

November 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterLeeheF

I have hosted Shakta Kaur to teach her Radiant Child Yoga course many times in Marlboro...if there's interest I could bring her back to Riverflow...its a full weekend course Friday night through Sunday night

November 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

Leehe - what do you love about teaching kids yoga?

November 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

Their uninhibited approach to life. Their eagerness to want to try something new along with the laughter each time they fall out of a pose. The pureness in their hearts not tainted by worries or concerns or a laundry list of things to do. Their ability to stay in the moment and to easily support the student near them if they are challenged by a particular pose. Inherently they understand community.

November 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterLeeheF

I agree about kids being in the moment. Some kids are not so loving or laughing...but they are not concerned about how they look; they fully express who they are in that moment. My kids yoga classes are about letting them say and do things often censored- to each other, to themselves, even to you the teacher - no guilt. Kids do their thing and in the next moment its all forgotten; no carry-over. In my kids yoga classes, I go with their flow. So different from teaching hot yoga; kids get it but adults need strong encouragement to go back to their authentic self.

November 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

I would be very interested in a weekend Radiant Child yoga course. I love teaching kids (well, teens and late teens) in the classroom, but there, it's the ability to see them as they would like to see themselves, whole and complete, that comes in handy.

It would be lovely to encounter them in an environment that isn't as evaluatively based as the academic classroom--where they don't feel as though there's a standard they must meet or exceed... you know?

November 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterMary-Rush

That what I love about little ones. They don't have standards. Everything is so simple and perfect. They don't over think things and just are natural and accepting. Give them a sticker and it makes their day. They're so easy to talk to. What was the Radiant Child training like? Is just over a weekend? And also, do you ladies find yoga helpful for littles with learning disabilities such adhd? I used to work at a daycare and try to practice child's pose with my kindergarteners

December 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterAlexandriaS

Yes, Radiant Child Yoga is over a long weekend, and yes, she does address autistic and special needs kids (Indigo Children): http:www/radiantchildyoga.com. Personally I dont believe in ADD or ADHD - I believe in GENIUS. Leonardo da Vinci, with his varied interests in multiple unrelated topics would have been called ADD...among many others who thought differently (Einstein was thought to be retarded because he couldn't pay attention in school. Thomas Edison was kicked out of school) Can anyone add to this list?

December 2, 2012 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

Never "diagnosed", however, I've been told that I "must have" ADHD with all my activities, little sleep, multitasking, hypern-ess, etc. So funny how people like to put a label on everything...but that is just an excuse, right? I should start responding with “STORY!” That will throw them! My boyfriend tells me my abundance of energy is a GIFT that I should use to my benefit…awesome.

My daughter laughs/smiles when something feels good and throws a tantrum when something doesn't. Though sometimes hard for me to deal with, at least she lets it out, lets it go and moves on!

December 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterLaura

I attended a workshop recently and I was speaking with a mother of an autistic child. And she was telling me of all the alternative methods she and her husband have used to engage their son. Yoga was one that they had success with.

December 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterJaneC

Does anyone else feel that society loves to label people... and in that one label they sum up all their characteristics and great flaws kind of like that's it. That's all they are. It's interesting.

December 4, 2012 | Registered CommenterAlexandriaS

Yuh-huh, Alex! People love statistics, labels and categories...all these really do is tell others how to react without being present. Labels are just a summary of how others have flowed energy. This is great to remember whenever anyone says they have The Answer: nah, it's just a story. Their story of their past experiences. Not relevant for this moment, or for you.

December 4, 2012 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

Labels are just a perception--and usually negative. Anytime someone tries to label us or someone else, it would be interesting to offer up a different label...something positive, like AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL, STRONG, LOVING...we all have weaknesses, but we should never let anyone or anything define us as such. This world would be a happier place if we could all think more positive--just like our daily word to live into. My coworker just told me I didn’t sound good. “My reply: Really? Huh, I feel AWESOME!” He smiled.

December 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterLaura

Ohmygod. I get so twitched at people when they say things like that. When I worked at shoprite (i loved that job) sometimes people would say things like "OH, you must not want to be here..." or my personal fav "OH, you must be tired." UGH. Gosh, Negative convo is usually just not polite convo. Anyway, back to little ones... I think that's what makes them awesome they don't really focus on the yuck. You give them a sticker and they'll talk about it for ten minutes straight. It's like the best thing ever. Sometimes I wonder if it's healthy to want to be like them so much. My head tells me I'm immature or weird. But I think because I've been through so much in my life I feel like I lost part of my childhood. So I naturally try to go back to that happier time... Hm.

December 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterAlexandriaS

The fact that we even talk about "labels" gives it credence.

December 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterLeeheF

Why is it that if someone genuinely has an answer it should be considered a "story"? Seemingly it appears that we are now the ones "labeling" by saying that everyone who has an answer is really just full of "shit".... or "story" if you wish.

December 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterLeeheF

There is an easy way to know if your answe is a story; if you are explaining the reasons why you didn't get your results. If you got your results, no reasons / stories / excuses are needed. Results speak for themselves. It's a powerful practice to choose either reasons or results. Thank you for introducing this topic Leehe... How about making a new forum on it called Reasons or Results. It could be powerful to examine ourselves in this way to know what you are living into.

December 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

Alex, emulating children obviously feels lovely to you. Have no worries about any "stories" you hear about how admiring childlike qualities is somehow wrong; go with what feels good to you. Anyone else's opinion on this is just their story which you are free to hear or ignore. Pay attention to what makes you feel good...like children do!

December 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

Laura yes all labels are perceptions .... All nouns are perceptions! Once we name something we don't experience it firsthand; we experience the label. Yoga asks us to experience without the label... Starting with yourself. Who would you be without your perceptions? Kids know how to live this way as they know fewer labels .

December 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

I agree with you Laura regarding labels that should be more positive like the ones you mentioned. However, society labels that which it does not understand. In order to feel supported in their fears and worry, a label is created.

December 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterLeeheF

I would love to attend a kids yoga training.
Slightly off track, but it is politically correct to use “person first language” when you must refer to a person with a disability or their label. Example, never say autistic child, say child with autism; never say special needs kid, say child with special needs. May seem minor, but it is a big deal to the disability community and they agree- label jars not people!

December 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterAmyA

Point taken Amy!

December 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

All words are labels in that they are stand -ins for an experience. When you hear a word- pencil for example- you get a concept in your mind. Then, even when you hold a pencil, your mind reverts to the concept; you are not actually feeling or seeing the pencil. Life becomes a concept rather than an experiential journey. Yoga strips away labels and asks you to experience what is this thing when it has no label? If you start with yourself - who am I without my reasons/ stories/ labels- you can find that part of you that is limitless. Then you can feel it about everyone. Kids are great at this.

December 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT