I spent a fun and hot day at the Botanic Gardens Open Day on Saturday. I had a great bunch of yogini's come to check it out and we had lots of fun.
We listened to and observed nature around us - the same way the yogi's started yoga 5000 years ago and we used this awareness to explore poses that I knew and for those we didn't we created new ones. Swayingrassasana was a favourite.
Whilst I was speaking with one of the mums and advocating for kids yoga, her daughter (8) overheard me saying - "It's just so good for them."
She asked me, "Why is yoga so good for kids?"
I responded, "It makes you strong and healthy, it makes you happy and confident and it helps you to be a good friend. It teaches you to never give up and to know that you are perfect just the way you are."
She nodded in agreement and then we got started. There will come a time when there will be no need to convince schools and parents that something so simple brings the results (as teachers, parents and society) we are all so desperate for. Peace - Connection - Strength
"A person's a person no matter how small!"- Dr Suess
When I opened up to a blank page in "The Book of Brilliant Ideas" (I had to start writing them all down - because I'm full of them!!) and wrote Blog for Kids Yoga across the top of the page, followed by Purpose??, it didn't take me long to fill up the page with reasons why I wanted to do it and why I should do it.
My goal for this blog is to create a space where I can-
I would love to hear your voice as part of this community! Please share your comments freely!
I am also here to answer your QUESTIONS! If you'd like more information about a particular topic or want some advice about any of the topics that come up in the blog - please ask away. Can I just add that I'm not a parent, but I have worked with all sorts of kids in my 20 years of teaching, so there isn't much I haven't had to deal with.
Please comment and I'll either reply personally or it may become the topic of the next blog.
As the schools, kindys and early learning centres' start to get into their routine, I am happy to say that I am visiting Parkhurst Early Learning Centre regularly this Term and have several other centres making enquiries.
I love my Kindy Yoga days and I don't even mind having the odd sultana stuck to me at the end!
Thanks for coming along with me on this, I think we're all going to learn a lot.
"A person's a person no matter how small" ~ Dr Suess
Tracey is a knowledgeable yoga instructor and the children look forward to her regular visits. It's amazing to watch the children grow and learn the poses and strategies that she uses. The children are always excited to share what they have learnt and often transfer what they have done that day into other aspects of their play. Educators are using the calming strategies during the day.
Tracey, my daughter loves your yoga classes at day care. I have just watched her attempt to retell a story through yoga. Thoroughly cute! Thanks so much for your thought and effort.